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Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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 Japantown, San Francisco and Japantown, 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 Tokyo" 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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  • Just a cute road. Not something special. If you have only few days in Los Angeles, don't lose your time to visit it.  more »
  • Stumbled across this neighbourhood by accident on the way to somewhere but hopped out and had a nice walk about and some yummy food from the supermarket. Worth a diversion off the normal tourist...  more »
  • We love coming to Little Tokyo not only do they have the best Japanese food they have some really cool shops. They also have live music on the weekends.  more »

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