Japanese American National Museum shop a cultural treasure trove

‘Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles’ DVD ($19.95) Help the activist or historian in your life to delve into the post-World War II legacy of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles with this DVD (43 min.), which is named for the exhibit currently on display at the Japanese American […]

Little Tokyo Service Center founder to retire

LOS ANGELES — Bill Watanabe, the founder and executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) for the past 31 years, announced his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2012. “When Bill informed the LTSC board of directors of his plan to retire, we knew that LTSC would be facing a major transition. Bill […]

Nikkei Community Internship program celebrates 10 years, current class

When surveying community programs a decade ago, Japanese American leaders found a lack of meaningful activities for young people. “There had been a vacuum for a long time of new programs (for young people),” said Jon Osaki, the executive director of Japanese Community Youth Council. In an effort to engage Japanese American young people, the […]

COURTING DREAMS: Los Angeles City Council grants Little Tokyo sports complex final approval

LOS ANGELES — The Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) inched closer to its goal of building a recreation center in the Japanese American community when the City of Los Angeles gave its final approval on May 17 to develop the Budokan of Los Angeles. The City Council voted to grant LTSC a long-term ground lease […]

National conference to discuss ‘The State of Japanese America: 2011’

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council (CJACLC) are convening a one-day conference entitled “The State of Japanese America: 2011” on Saturday, July 9 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Hollywood. This conference is open to the community. “The State of Japanese America: […]

The changing Seinan neighborhood of southwest Los Angeles

“Unless somebody records what happened, it will be gone,” explained Ansho Mas Uchima, who along with Minoru Shinmoto co-authored “Seinan, Southwest Los Angeles: Stories and Experiences from Residents of Japanese Ancestry.” For the two friends, life in Seinan before the war that mostly centered on Japanese school and church was filled with the social interaction […]

Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo more vibrant at night than in past years, but there are concerns that businesses are hurting and worries about disruptions caused by subway construction.

LOS ANGELES — Is Little Tokyo in dire straits? Bill Watanabe, executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) and also a member of the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), doesn’t think so. “Generally speaking, I think the foot traffic and level of business seem to be going pretty well,” Watanabe said. “Evening events […]

MTA Board Selects Connector Rail Route through Little Tokyo: Construction for the two-mile fully-underground project could begin in 2014 and be completed in 2019

LOS ANGELES — An underground railroad route through Little Tokyo moved one step closer to reality when the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board of directors on Oct. 28 approved the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) for the Regional Connector project, clearing the way for the project to enter final environmental review and […]

Lani Kume Nishiyama crowned Nisei Week Queen in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — The Nisei Week Foundation announced that Lani Kume Nishiyama became the 70th Nisei Week Queen on Aug. 14, at the Nisei Week Coronation held at the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. The 2009 Nisei Week Queen, Dana Fujiko Heatherton, passed on her reign to Nishiyama. The 2010 Nisei Week Court […]

New Alternative Proposed for Little Tokyo Light Rail

LOS ANGELES — Residents, workers and business people in Little Tokyo, who had been concerned about the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) plan to possibly run a light rail connector line above ground through this historic Japanese American enclave, heard better news recently with a proposal by a community group for a fully […]

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