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Little Tokyo

One of only three official “Ja

Location: Los Angeles, United States, North America

Best time to visit: year round

Website: http://www.visitlittletokyo.com/bid.html

What to do and what to see:

Little Tokyo in southern California is one of only three official “Japantowns” located in America. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1995, this site is comprised of approximately four large city blocks covering 67 acres. The area has many noted public sculptures and artwork that draw visitors to the area. A satellite location for The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is located at the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo, proudly displaying paintings, sculptures, works on paper and other contemporary media. Two stunning Japanese gardens located here are open to the public, one of which is a rooftop garden on the Kyoto Grand Hotel. The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is a prime attraction for visitors, beside which tourists can view the second public garden. Theater-goers will enjoy the Aratani/Japan America Theater and the David Henry Hwang Theater, featuring musical performances and plays typically written and performed by Asian-Americans. Most of the area is best viewed on foot, and when travelers get hungry they have more than 20 Japanese restaurants from which to choose. Any time of the year is great for visiting, with nods for the finest weather to the spring and fall. Each August, Little Tokyo hosts The Nisei Week Festival, featuring athletic events, a pageant, a large parade, a pageant, art and culture exhibits, a “taiko” drum festival, the LA Tofu Festival, and other events. Tourists should call ahead if planning to shop, as hours of business and the ability to use credit cards can vary. Come to Little Tokyo, and say hello with a friendly, “Konnichiwa!”

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