The heart of the largest population of Japanese-Americans in North America can be found in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The neighborhood, officially known as Little Tokyo, is one of only three Japantowns in the United States, all of which are located in California. Referred to locally as, “Lil’ Tokyo”, or, “J-Town”, the community was established around the beginning of the 20th century and is today a cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California. In 1995, Little Tokyo was officially declared a National Historic Landmark District.
Until the Exclusion Act of 1924 halted immigration, Little Tokyo was a magnet for Japanese immigrating to America. In 1942 the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II all but emptied the entire neighborhood, as residents were “evacuated” to inland concentration camps. The affordable vacated properties drew large numbers of African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos to the area. For a brief time the neighborhood became known as, “Bronzeville”. After the war, as residents were released to return home, the population of Little Tokyo nearly tripled and many of the original residents were forced to move to other nearby locations. In the 1970’s, Japanese Corporations began expanding their operations overseas and setting up their US Headquarters in Los Angeles, ushering in a redevelopment movement of the area.
Today, Little Tokyo is a thriving cultural center in the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the nation. Some of the most popular local hotspots and best things to do in Little Tokyo include visiting the James Irvine Japanese Garden, Union Center for the Arts, The Galleria, Fugetsu-Do Mochi, The Blue Whale, Home is Little Tokyo Mural, Japanese American National Museum, Shabu Shabu House. Little Tokyo Koban and Visitor’s Center, Daikokuya, XLanes LA, Far East Lounge, Kyoto Gardens at The Doubletree, Sushi Gen, Hama Sushi, Komasa, Vegan Sushi At Shojin, Japanese Village Plaza, the “Go For Broke” Monument designed by Roger M. Yanagita to commemorate Japanese Heroism in World War II, MOCA Geffen, Max Karaoke, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, or Honda Ya Izakaya.
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