Little Tokyo Community Profiles

Discover Nikkei partnered with Professor Morgan Pitelka of Occidental College and his students taking the Spring 2009 seminar "Japanophilia: Orientalism, Nationalism, Transnationalism" on a meaningful community-based documentation project. The students interviewed owners of five long-time Little Tokyo businesses to create Nikkei Album collections and articles.

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The Little Tokyo Cafe: More Than Just Traditional Japanese

The Little Tokyo Café, originally created in the late 1920’s to early 1930’s, and its current owner Mitsuko Minohara, have been familiar to many who lived in downtown Los Angeles. Initially located at the corner of 2nd and San Pedro, the Little Tokyo Café has moved various times, but still manages to hold a special place in the hearts of the locals. Known for its combination plate, which is a mixture of two Chinese dishes, Char Siu and Shumai, this humble little restaurant has experienced nothing short of success over its almost 90 years of existence.

The restaurant itself has …

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