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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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  • I am in this area 2x a month for work and have lunch here quite often. Seems as if new eating places are always opening and other are closing-place seems static at best, to me at least. 
  • We toured around little tokyo in less than one morning soon we arrived to take advantage of the time, it has interesting shops (especially this kitty) and its decorations, restaurants and shops you soak in tokyo
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  • A nice place to visit with lots of Japanese restaurants and shops. There is a memorial to Ellison Shinozuka, one of the Challenger astronauts killed in 1986.