Aratani/Japan America Theater
James Irvine Garden
With bamboo, dwarf pine, magnolias and a gurgling artificial brook, this is a nice chill-out spot. Reach it by taking the elevator to...
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Little Tokyo’s main cultural hub is this gallery spotlighting local artists. There’s also a library and a gift shop.
Japanese Village Plaza
The funny-looking tower is a yagura , a traditional fire-lookout tower typically found in rural Japan. It’s the gateway to this kitschy...
2nd Street Jazz
An intimate, no-frills music venue offering solid DJ sets, and live hip-hop and jazz in the heart of Little Tokyo.
Among the best diversions in the Japanese Village Plaza is this terrific donut-shop-turned-gourmet-cafe serving blueberry mocha and...
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Lonely Planet review
Next door to the James Irvine Garden, a handmade, peacock-motif silk doncho (curtain) from Kyoto dramatically opens the stage for kabuki , no (stylized dance-dramas), and bunraku (puppet shows) performances.