My early J-Town memories


These are some of the sites that still exist in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo that I have fond memories of while growing up. Actually, we never used the name Little Tokyo in reference to the area. Saying it still feels unnatural to my mouth. To me, in my heart it will always be J-Town. For me J-Town represents family. Go through this collection, and you'll get a sense of why... [note: I'll be adding more to this collection over time. I need to go take some more photos and go through older ones to scan] *You can read about some of my other J-Town memories in my article: A Yonsei's Reflections...on J-Town Memories

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Little Tokyo Towers

When I was about 4 or 5 years old, my paternal grandmother moved from Silver Lake to Little Tokyo Towers. It's a senior housing complex on Third Street. They live independently in small apartments.

I remember visiting her and going up the elevator. I can't recall exactly what floor she …

Conservancy Walking Tour: Little Tokyo Towers
Contributed by: lthistory

JACCC and the James Irvine Garden

From Little Tokyo Towers, we would take my Oba-chan out to dinner. We would walk through a shortcut path that passed by the JACCC's Japanese garden.

I've actually only been inside the garden a few times, but I've passed by it a lot, and since it sits a little below …

James Irvine Garden
Contributed by: jdecker


We would walk across the JACCC Plaza past the Isamu Noguchi sculptures. Actually, growing up, I didn't know the plaza was designed by Noguchi. I just thought that they were really cool rocks.

I wonder what Noguchi would think to know that people don't recognize them as art and that …

Isamu Noguchi sculptures
Contributed by: vkraus


After walking through the JACCC Plaza, we would cross Second Street at the crosswalk and head through the Japanese Village Plaza (JVP). They have a variety of shops and restaurants. Many have changed owners over time, but there's a few that have been around for a long time.

LTHS Walking Tour: JVP
Contributed by: lthistory


This is one of the stores that have been at this location for quite a while now. Mikawaya sells manju and other Japanese sweets. They're also really busy on hot days because they have shaved ice.

One of my cousins has worked at Mikawaya for a long time now. I …

Mikawaya in the Japanese Village Plaza
Contributed by: vkm


At the end of JVP (or at the beginning if you're walking through from First Street) is the yagura, or fire tower.

I'm pretty sure it's purely decorative, but it is very iconic.

Japanese Village Plaza Fire Tower in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo
Contributed by: vkm

Aoi Restaurant

I don't remember us going to eat anywhere except for Aoi Restaurant on First Street. I've been going there since I was a little kid, and it always feels a little like coming home whenever I step inside. I couldn't even think of trying to figure out how many meals …

Aoi Restaurant
Contributed by: vkm

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vkm — Atualizado em Jun 28 2021 1:49 a.m.

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