Robert Bonaparte

Robert Bonaparte, class of 2010, is an Asian Studies major with a Japanese emphasis at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  Having studied Japanese for over eight years and just returning from a semester abroad in Tokyo, visits to Little Tokyo are an exciting way to practice his language skills.  After college Robert hopes to return to Japan and teach English.

Updated April 2009

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Little Tokyo Community Profiles

The Aoi Restaurant: A Little Tokyo Treasure

Mrs. Hiroko Yamagata and the Aoi Restaurant have a remarkable story. The Aoi Restaurant is located on historic First Street in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Founded in 1976 by Mrs. Hiroko Yamagata, Aoi Restaurant has braved the highs and lows and remained in the same location for 33 years. Now a Little Tokyo mainstay, the restaurant has always offered delicious home-style cooking and a comforting atmosphere. As a Japanese immigrant in the 1960s, Mrs. Yamagata showed incredible perseverance and bravery starting and maintaining her own successful and celebrated business.

Grace Maruyama, Mrs. Hiroko Yamagata’s older sister, immigrated to America ...

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