Downtown: Little Tokyo
Extends from the 700 to the 1000 block of North Broadway and is bordered by Ord, Alameda, Bernard, and Yale Streets.
Chinatown is the cultural center for more than 200,000 Chinese-Americans.
It feels like China with building
roof lines that are exaggerated, curved and heavily ornamented.
Both food and gifts are prevalent; live chickens, ducks, and fish, chinaware, Chinese paintings, books, acupuncture and medicinal herbs fill the shop windows.
Chinese New Year is celebrated with parades, beauty pageants and food in February or March.
Bounded by First and Third Streets from Main to Alameda Streets, southeast of the Civic Center
Little Tokyo is the heart of the Japanese-American community.
It was settled more than 100 years ago and besides gift shops and restaurants it is now home to the
Japanese American Museum, the Japanese-American Cultural Center, and a branch of the LA public library
which specializes in books about the Japanese-American experience and books in Japanese.
Nisei Week is held annually in August with a parade, traditional dancing, festival food and demonstrations
of flower arranging, sumi brush painting, the traditional tea ceremony and other Japanese arts.
Interesting Downtown areas