Community | Little Tokyo

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Buildings can tell a story about history, culture, community, art, design and the environs so that’s why buildings in Japantowns (Nihonmachis) throughout California are being preserved. Little Tokyo is a Nihonmachi located in downtown Los Angeles and in 1995 thirteen of the buildings were designated as National Historic Landmarks. (Map: Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.) Today this community represents not only the past, but a postive integration of cultures and generations. (Public Art Works in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.)

The photos are hints about the story of East First and South Central Street in downtown Los Angeles. The block is where Los Angeles Otis College artist, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville’s community restoration project, Omoide no Shotokyo (Remembering Old Little Tokyo), can be seen. (History of Omoide no Shotokyo.) De Bretteville’s sidewalk design incorporates her historical text and symbols, Sonya Ishii’s drawings and Nobuho Nagasawa’s sculpture of…

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