Little Tokyo Historical Society invites you to join us in celebrating the rich historic and cultural heritage and legacy of Little Tokyo. As Little Tokyo has become a choice residential neighborhood and dining destination, we hope you will take the time to learn about the unique history of Nihonjinmachi, Sho Tokyo or Japanesetown, namesakes of what Little Tokyo has been known by over the past 130 years by the Issei immigrant generation from Japan who created Little Tokyo and their American-born offsprings, the Nisei, who built it up to what we see today.
It is hard to believe that our beloved Little Tokyo is 130 years old this year, which places the “founding” in 1884 with the establishment of a humble restaurant, Kame, at 340 E. First Street, where Bunkado now stands. 130 years ago, the Washington Monument was completed, President Harry S. Truman was born, and the City of Los Angeles was little more than a village of 5,000 inhabitants.
To celebrate the rich historic and cultural heritage and legacy of historic Little Tokyo, we invite organizations and individuals who are passionately interested in the past, present and future Little Tokyo to co-partner in developing anniversary presentations, oral histories, community photo share activity, exhibitions, and intergenerational activities. Planning meetings are the 1st Saturday of the month at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM and are open to the public.
The commemorative project was introduced at LTHS’ table at the “Oshogatsu in Little Tokyo” event on January 1, 2014 at Weller Court. The official kick-off was at the 2014 Shinnenkai New Year’s luncheon on February 1st where the anniversary concept and special programming from an historical perspective and within the context of present day and rapidly changing Little Tokyo was presented.
For more information about the 130th Little Tokyo birthday observance including volunteering, membership, and donations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
130th Anniversary Events During 2014 February 1 Launch of year-long commemoration of 130th Anniversary March 2 USC Nikkei Association's 7th Annual Culture Show, USC, 7:30 pm April 5 Benefit Dance at Nishi Hongwanji Temple Kaikan building, 7:30 pm April 25-May 4 "Taste of Little Tokyo" presented by All Japan News Inc. April 29 Reception to award winners of "Imagine Little Tokyo" Short Story Contest May 3 Godzilla film festival May 31 & June 1 Community Photo Collection Weekend May 24 Presentation at Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library History Dept., Asian Pacific American Heritage Month June 7 Presentation at Los Angeles Central Library, LA City Historical Society August 8-10 LA Tanabata Festival kazari decoration August 10 74th Annual Nisei Week Festival Grand Parade entry October 11 "Japanese Ghost Stories", Little Tokyo Branch Library, 11:00-12:00 November 8 "Boyle Heights History Day", former Breed Street Shul site