Welcome back to our second straight week of enjoying the Asian side of Los Angeles. Last week was Koreatown and this week we are going to the aptly named Little Tokyo. (Don’t forget I visited Chinatown way back when last summer.) I honestly was not prepared for how incredibly tiny this neighborhood is. Considering how close we are, or relative anyways, to Japan I expected a neighborhood solely dedicated to the Japanese be much bigger. But to be honest it is about maybe two blocks wide and long so it is honestly not as impressive as I thought it was gonna be. But hey, I still had fun walking around the neighborhood and as you’ll see there is just enough here to enjoy a light afternoon. Or if you want hit this place up and go to one of the many other locales right smack dab in this area of LA. For now enjoy what Little Tokyo has to offer below:
Here’s an impressive view of City Hall by Grand Park. I’ll have to come back to this eventually when the season is right.
Here is the Japanese American National Museum. Another, future article I’m sure (was closed sadly as this visit occurred).
Next series of shots are from the James Irvine Japanese Garden. Very secluded, tucked in a corner near a theatre, and it is very gorgeous. Shame it isn’t technically open to the public. But snuck some shots in either way.
This is a statue dedicating Chiune Sugihara aka the ‘Japanese Oskar Schindler’. While living in Lithuania he was able to escort 6,000 Jewish citizens out of the country to Japanese territories thanks to his power as a consul. Many don’t know who he is so it is nice we were able to memorialize him….Although putting a Starbucks and Quiznos in the same spot is a bit insulting in my view.
A statue of a Japanese schoolboy?
So what is Mochi?
Mochi is a unique way of eating ice cream. Basically it is ice cream inside a doughy ball. No idea how the science of this works but god damn it is amazing. Just pop one of these in your mouth (Vanilla and Chocolate shown) and you get an amazing combo.