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The Historic District of Little Tokyo

This is clearly a multicultural city, and Little Tokyo is another example of this.

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The Historic District of Little Tokyo

Tokyo also has its place.

Chinatown is not the only district of Los Angeles that has taken its name from one of the Asian communities that arrived in the city throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Another example is Little Tokyo, located between First Street, Fourth Street and Alameda Street, very close to Bunker Hill. Its origins date back to the end of the 19th century, when hundreds of immigrants of Japanese origin began to settle in this area of the centre of Los Angeles. However, it was in the ‘20s that the district reached the height of its prosperity, a situation which began to reverse with the outbreak of the Second World War. The US government subsequently began hunting Japanese citizens, resulting in many of them being confined in prison camps. Few Americans of Japanese origin remain in the area, but they do come often to visit the various restaurants and shops found here, especially in places as busy as Little Tokyo Plaza or the Japanese Village Plaza (www.japanesevillageplaza.net). One of the focal points of the latter is its large Japanese-style tower, complete with a tiled roof.



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