Japanese Village Plaza

Landmark in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

The unusual-looking tower is a yagura, a traditional fire-lookout tower typically found in rural Japan. It’s the gateway to this kitschy outdoor mall, flanked by Japanese grocery stores, stalls and boutiques selling Hello Kitty kitsch and Japangeles T-shirts, with a couple noteworthy eateries. A good spot for people watching.

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