Randall Fujimoto

Randall Fujimoto is the director of an educational nonprofit organization in Los Angeles and a member of the Sawtelle Japantown Association.

Updated June 2014 

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Sawtelle Japantown and the Future of America

Everyday America. 

That’s what many of the historic Japantowns across the state have become. In 2007, the California Japantowns project identified 43 historic Japantown areas across California, but only a handful of these places still exist today as Japantowns. Most of them have turned into…Everyday America, like the San Diego Japantown (now the Gaslamp Quarter) and the Sacramento Japantown (now the Capitol Mall business district). In these former Japantown areas, instead of a Japanese grocery store, restaurant, and bonsai nursery, you’re now more likely to see a Starbucks, McDonald’s, and a new condo development. Yes, America ...

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