Living in Cali. [week 8] Little Tokyo
So continuing my train adventure ride, I went to Little Tokyo. I got to know about Little Tokyo on KTLA TV one morning, where they inform that there will be a Martial Art demo.
I started my trip from Union Station LA, walk along the streets to Little Tokyo outskirt to check out Nishi Temple (1st pic) on 1st Street. Besides this temple, all other attractions are focused near Little Tokyo Mall.
Walked along 1st street, and there the new and the old Japanese-American Museum. Since im on a budget, I did not enter the museum =__=
Then in between these 2 museum, walked towards the back, you can see Go For Broke Monument, to remember the veterans of WW2.
And they has this war vehicle parked nearby.
I was told these are real bullets.
And some of the people here putting up makeups and yukatas/jinbeis before strolling around Little Tokyo
The shop alley in Little Tokyo. If you are into Japanese foods and delicacies, this is a place to checkout. Theres like more than 15 restaurants here.
Saw this 2 cosplayers. They told me there will be a contest on a small stage here at around 3pm. Cool. My 1st USA cosplay mini event. *I’ll cover this in another post*
Down the alley, saw a guy playing a shimasen. He’s good. Also saw an art/doujin booth.
Fellow collectors and otaku wont be missing out too, as Little Tokyo do have hobby shops around.
This is the old Koban/Police Station. Now it got turned out to be a Visitor Center. If you want to get info on LT, public transport, you are lost etc, you can seek help and information here. They are very friendly.
If you notice, some of these buildings are actually and old church and temples, and they got converted to art center.
Across Pedro St, you can see modernized buildings, such as Weller Court. along the alley, theres Friendship Knot sculpt and Onizuka Memorial.
Theres also a food and stuff bazaar along Pedro St. I got myself a Mokona hat here for cheap.
Continue to JACCC(Japanese American Cultural and Community Center). The martial art demo was held here. Theres a bunch of stuff showcased.
In JACCC building itself, theres a lot of cultural stuff showcased. They had flower arrangements section, caligraphy, shogi, pottery and many more. But since i do not have a good flash and limited of time to catch cosplay stuff, i didnt take pics and visit them all. I kind of regretted ;__;
JACCC had a preserved Japanese garden. It nice and scenic. If you were to come to LT, you must check this out.
I was told to visit Little Tokyo Tower. And I went searching for the tower, least expecting this to be the said tower =__=
Going along 3rd Street after Little Tokyo Tower, theres Higashi Honganji Temple.
At corner of 3rd St, the Little Tokyo Shopping Center. It was kind of dead in there, besides a Japanese market on the ground floor, theres nothing much.
Going through Central Ave into 2nd Street, this is Honda Plaza. On the left, you can see Bar C, a maid cafe bar. But its closed when i was there.
Overall, Little Tokyo is a nice experience visit for me to see some Japanese cultures and heritages. I’m looking forward to visit Japan to see the real thing. But it was a little sad that the town looks dying.
Look forward for my cosplay coverage, and the Nisei 68th Grand Parade on my next posts.