A Peek Inside: 20 Recent Views of Little Tokyo

As you may have heard, we have been spending the past few weeks exploring the neighborhood of Little Tokyo for the latest installment of our Departures project. We are starting to uncover the many layers of this fascinating community, from the last remaining fish cake factory in the neighborhood to a new wave of filmmakers housed inside a historic church.

What we've discovered is that Little Tokyo is sort of a small town in itself -- everyone knows each other, and many depend on each other for services and support. We've been fortunate enough to be able to work with many community members and leaders; here's a look at some of what we've uncovered:

Union Center and San Pedro Firm Building | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Abe Ferrer, Director of Exhibitions at Visual Communications | Photo by Justin Cram

Manufacturing kamaboko (fish cake) at Yamasa Enterprises | Photo by Sarah Silcox

Teiji Kawana demonstrates how chikuwa (another form of fish cake) is made at Yamasa Enterprises | Photo by Sarah Silcox

Southern California Flower Market | Photo by Justin Cram

Jon Kono, owner of Kono & Sons and president of the Southern California Flower Market | Photo by Justin Cram

Rafu Shimpo | Photo by Justin Cram

Michael Komai, Publisher of Rafu Shimpo | Photo by Justin Cram

Alan Nishio, Board President of Little Tokyo Service Center | Photo by Justin Cram

Toyo Miyatake Studio in San Gabriel | Photo by Justin Cram

Alan Miyatake, Owner of Toyo Miyatake Studio | Photo by Justin Cram

Author Naomi Hirahara at James Irvine Garden | Photo by Justin Cram

Little Tokyo Gifts | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Little Tokyo Gifts, instructions for abacus | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Japanese chef's knives at Anzen Hardware | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Anzen Hardware store | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Scrapbook of Tokio Ueyama, artist and founder of Bunkado | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Kajima Building and Parker Center | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Little Tokyo Towers | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Maryknoll Catholic Church | Photo by Yosuke Kitazawa

Previous

Mapping the Untold Stories of Little Tokyo

Next

Memories of Little Tokyo on East First Street

LEAVE A COMMENT Leave Comment