Talk:Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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I've lived in LA my whole life. I've never once heard it referred to as nihonmachi or Japantown. Little Tokyo is a Japantown and it is a nihonmachi, but it doesn't take on those names. Ironically, J-Town is used, but not as much as Little Tokyo or Lil'Tokyo.

I'm re-adding Shotokyo, since a Japanese speaker might refer to it as that, though it is English Wikipedia. falsedef 00:23, 6 November 2006 (UTC)


I just added a bunch to this article, but I need to come back and better organize it. I would also like to find some more external links to add.

I removed the following because I found some conflicting info:

"The area has its roots in a restaurant that was opened by a ex-seaman called Kame, near San Pedro and 1st streets. "


"In 1885, the first Japanese-owned business-ironically an American-style restaurant-opened on Los Angeles Street, modern-day Little Tokyo’s westernmost border. At that time there were only about two dozen Japanese living in Los Angeles-all men. "

I am also thinking of removing the "bronzeville" (twice misspelled!) info unless I or someone else can find some documentation. [[User:GK|gK ¿?]] 17:40, 12 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I was born in Los Angeles and am a (Gosei) fifh generation Japanese American, but my Japan-born grandmother and many other first generation (Issei) frequently referred to J-Town as "nihonjin-machi" litterally translated as "Japanese-people's Street." While this differs slightly from "Nihon Machi" the meaning is semantically the same. BTW: I did see a photograph in the 2011 JACC calendar that referenced "Bronzetown" and showed a photograph of a black-owned pool-hall at the site on first st. where the current Mitsuru Cafe now exists. Also Fukui Mortuary, still on Temple St., was a black-owned boarding house during the years of internment according to the Fukui Family who still owns and operates the mortuary. -STEVE — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:08, 17 August 2012 (UTC)


I just found the stub Japantown, Los Angeles. There doesn't look like much that is worth importing, but that should be done and then the article should be turned into a redirect. [[User:GK|gK ¿?]] 14:13, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Religion in Little Tokyo should also include the Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Mission, home of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Chapel, former Maryknoll School operated for many years by the Maryknoll Fathers, Brothers and Sisters. Located on Hewitt Street, two blocks east from Alameda, the Japanese Catholic Center is the center of Catholic community in Little Tokyo. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:30, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Japantown? & karaoke?[edit]

Has anyone ever heard of LA's Little Tokyo at Japantown or J-Town? Also why is karioke listed as the first example for what you can find in Little Tokyo. As far as I know there are only two or three. There was a bunch stuff in the merged Japantown, Los Angeles article that sounded to me more like what someone expected to find in Little Tokyo rather than from any visit to Little Tokyo. [[User:GK|gK ¿?]] 09:06, 22 Dec 2004 (UTC)

You more likely here the term "Little Tokyo" rather than "Japantown" -- AllyUnion (talk) 02:39, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)
I lived in LA for years and I've never heard it called anything other than Little Tokyo. The library branch (a picture of which I've added) also uses Little Tokyo. --Bobak 18:40, 13 November 2006 (UTC)


As an english speaking japanese family living in LA, I could give some history on the names although I have no sources to cite.

Little Tokyo - This is the official name, it appears on city flyers and banners and such.

J-Town - Probably the most common nickname for it, my family and other families we know have always reffered to it by this name.

Japan Town - This was a name mistakenly given by people who related it to the nearby "China Town". They simply replaced "China" with "Japan" in order to get the same effect since they probably didn't know the name of the city. I've personally heard this name several times, mostly by friends who had only ever been there once if at all.

Ninjacheese 17:55, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

"J-Town" is a common nickname for Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. Been that way for many years. I don't have it handy, but Mike Murase's book on 100 years of Little Tokyo (don't have the title handy, either) would be a likely reference. -- Gmatsuda 20:21, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Move discussion in progress[edit]

There is a move discussion in progress on Talk:Harbor City, Los Angeles, California which affects this page. Please participate on that page and not in this talk page section. Thank you. —RM bot 19:31, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Interested editors can also comment at Talk:Los Angeles Purplebackpack89 (Notes Taken) (Locker) 22:39, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Need for additional citations[edit]

Most of this article is unreferenced, which means much of the information in it does not meet Wikipedia's policy of verifiability. As such, the refimprove template should not be removed until it does. -- Gmatsuda (talk) 07:14, 9 October 2011 (UTC)