Little Tokyo Community Profiles


This collection includes materials from the five businesses that students in the Occidental College Asian Studies seminar "Japanophilia" (2009) profiled through their collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum's Discover Nikkei project.

The goal of the project was for pairs of students to visit Little Tokyo multiple times over the course of the semester. On our first visit, we took a tour of the neighborhood and met people behind the scenes at the Japanese American National Museum. On subsequent visits the pairs of students contacted business owners and interviewed them about their lives and work. They also collected documents, old pictures, and took photos of the businesses today. They then used these materials to put together the included profiles and also to write individual articles about the business owners they interviewed, all of which can be found here: Little Tokyo Community Profile Articles

Please enjoy the collection!

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Uyeda Department Store

Occidental College students Guilberto Moran and Alexander Kaplan-Reyes profile the Uyeda Department Store in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Satoru with Maneki Neko and Daruma
Contributed by: gmoran

Aihara & Associates Insurance Services

Occidental College students Brittany-Marie Swanson and Deborah Southern profile Aihara and Associates Insurance Services in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Organizers of Western Pioneer Insurance Company, 1949
Contributed by: brittanddeb

Aoi Restaurant

Occidental College students Bobby Bonaparte and Angelica Jardini profile Aoi Restaurant in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Aoi Restaurant Picture 1
Contributed by: rbonaparte

The Little Tokyo Café

Occidental College students Jamal Fahim and Matthew Tsujimura profile The Little Tokyo Cafe in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Mitsuko Minohara
Contributed by: Jamal_Fahim


Occidental College students Caitlin Anderson and Ava Mikolavich profile Bunkado in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Bunkado original store front
Contributed by: avam

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