Long Beach Swap Meet

On Sunday morning, from around 6 am to 12 pm my father and I went to the Long Beach High Performance Swap Meet on Carson Street near the Long Beach Airport. This event is an automotive swap meet where over 600 vendors and thousands of shoppers come together to buy and sell custom goods. It’s … [Read more…]

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

Walking down Hollywood Boulevard, one will come upon a building that does not fit in with the surrounding landscape, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This building, constructed in 1926, was modeled after a Chinese pagoda, featuring chinese dragons on the front facade and two “heavenly dogs” from the Ming Dynasty referred to as guardian lions. Upon its … [Read more…]

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 … [Read more…]

Pershing Square

During my recent exploration of Downtown LA, I found my way to Pershing Square. While this has not been its name for the entirety of it’s existence, it has been an essential center of Los Angeles for many, many years. Around the 1850s, the location was used as a camp by settlers from outside the Pueblo de … [Read more…]

Chicken Boy

Last weekend, I went on an adventure around the highland park area with some friends to find some weird and interesting sculptures or buildings when I spotted a marvelous statue of a half man half chicken. It was beautiful. Standing on top of a building was this giant man with a chicken head holding a … [Read more…]

Rancho Los Alamitos

This past Saturday I traveled to a hidden gem nestled inside the Bixby Hill Manor Apartments: Rancho Los Alamitos. This slice of land among the suburban houses represents the connection between greater Los Angeles and it’s Spanish/Mexican roots. Rancho Los Alamitos was originally much than the small amount of land it encompasses today. The original … [Read more…]