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Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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Little Tokyo, also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. It is one of only three official Japantowns in the United States, all in California (the other two are in San Francisco and San Jose). Founded around the beginning of the 20th century, the area, sometimes called Lil' Tokyo, J-Town, 小東京 (Shō-tōkyō), is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. It was declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1995.HistoryIn 1905 the area of "Little Tokio" was described as "bounded by San Pedro, First and Requena streets and Central avenue. The Los Angeles Times added: "It has a population of about 3500 Japanese, with quite a colony of Jews and Russians and a few Americans.... there are 10,000 Japanese in the city who make this section their rendezvous."The area was a magnet for immigrating Japanese until the Exclusion Act of 1924 halted any further migration. Shops were along First Street, and vegetable markets were along Central Avenue to the south. Japanese Americans were a significant ethnic group in the vegetable trade, due to the number of successful Japanese American truck farms across Southern California. In 1941, there were approximately 30,000 Japanese Americans living in Little Tokyo.
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  • Los Angeles is home to one of the largest Nisei communities in the United States. Unique in terms that is the second generation and beyond. A mix of American and Japanese cultures. and values. Go!  more »
  • I've visited Little Tokyo many times since late 1970s. Back then even tourists from Japan enjoyed authentic Japanese restaurants here. After 1990s there were less and less Japanese stores/restaurants ...  more »
  • Went to Little Tokyo and it was like being back in my small town in Japan. I sat eating onigiri while four older people sat next to me gossiping in Japanese. Like being home:-) They have lots of cheez...  more »