A few Saturdays ago, my husband Tony, 3-year old daughter Maiya and I went to J-town to a Reunion at Far East Cafe Reunion hosted by Raymond and Michael Chong (see June 13 post Far East Cafe).
After the lunch, we walked out of the Far East Cafe and Maiya said, "Mommy, I wish to get manju." So, we walked down First Street and stopped into Fugetsudo to pick up some of Korey's Chocolate Manju.
Flash back to when I was growing up, my family went to Far East Cafe once a month, on 2nd Sundays. About 5 years ago, I wrote a column for the Rafu Shimpo--"Valley Girl's Memories of Far East Cafe." At the end of the piece, I wrote that my dream would be to one day take my children to J-town to the Little Tokyo Rec Center, eat at Far East Cafe, and walk down First Street, stopping for manju. With the exception of the not-yet-realized Little Tokyo Rec Center and the "one child," not "children," that's pretty much what happened.
With all the changes happening in Little Tokyo these days, I just hope that when Maiya grows up, that she will be able to have her own meaningful experiences and memories in our J-town.