Little Tokyo

Over the weekend, I went with one of my roommates to Little Tokyo to eat ramen at a restaurant called Daikokuya. The town had a lot of culture and it was interesting to look at it with the prospective that this class covers. Little Tokyo has been there since the beginning of the twentieth century and has over 131 years of history. It is one of the three remaining Japanese towns in the United States, all within California. Japanese began emigrating after the Chinese Exclusion act of 1882 to replace the Chinese workforce. It is the most Japanese-populated area in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark District.


LocatedĀ in the heart of Los Angeles, this further extends the broad and diverse culture that makes up the city. Los Angeles seems to be so popular because there is a place for everyone to fit in. Throughout the city are concentrations of different cultures and lifestyles where one can go to visit for traveling pleasure or live to be surrounded by people alike. Los Angeles offers an amazing source of tourism and culture that work together to support each other. For the people living in Little Tokyo, it is a place to call home where they feel comfortable and situated while for the outside visitors, it is a place of attraction and a fun place to go on the weekend. On the other hand, there are places in Los Angeles that are home to the Little Tokyo visitors, but when visited by Little Tokyo residents are also a place of adventure and tourism.


  1. Bri Maloney

    I like how you’ve looked at this with a more positive outlook compared to the more negative ways that we have looked at these types of places in class. I agree that areas like this can become a place of solace for individuals who are native to this particular culture can be around others who they may relate too, even if the culture perceived isn’t exactly as it is in real life.

  2. Kirsten Miller

    I appreciate the fact that Little Tokyo has genuine historic and cultural roots. In this course we have been learning about the artificial created past of China City and Olvera Street which were constructed in the image of the white man; however, Little Tokyo emerged naturally, separating it from these other cultural enclaves.

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