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This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
After my visit to Chinatown, I made the short drive to Little Tokyo which near LA City Hall. Japanese habitation of this part of downtown Los Angeles dates back to the early 20th century and the area is still the cultural home for the Japanese-American population of the LA basin. Most of the shots were taken in the Japanese Village Plaza, a small shopping/restaurant area between 1st and 2nd Streets. One photo was taken looking at the buildings on 1st Street(most of which date from the late 19th century) and one was taken along 2nd street of the Angel City Brewery sign. I’m quite happy with the picture of the interior of the tower in the Japanese Village Plaza which I’ve shot during daylight hours, but not at night.
Much like Chinatown, J-Town has lanterns across the plaza, but more signs are lit.
Looking north towards 1st Street.
A sculpture in the center of the Plaza.
The tower at the north of the Plaza along 1st Street.
The historic buildings along the north side of 1st Street with LA City Hall in the background.
Looking south down the Plaza from 1st Street, the roped off area is for outdoor dining.
There’s a market on the south end of the Plaza.
Angel City Brewing along 2nd Street at the beginning of the Art’s District which extends to the LA River.