Welcome to the Little Tokyo Blog

We've set up this space where members of the Little Tokyo community could share information, thoughts, ideas, and opinions about the Little Tokyo neighborhood, it's people, politics, culture/history, businesses, and events.


What's in a fig?

Quite a lot if you're the Aoyama Tree:

Designating the Aoyama tree, named by Koyasan members last year in honor of the temple's founder, is one way the community is trying to maintain its cultural heritage even as Little Tokyo's people and buildings come and go.
The City of Los Angeles recently designated the 100 year-old fig as downtown Los Angeles' first living Historic-Cultural Monument at a reception last Thursday (even Huell Howser came to check it out).

The tree is located adjacent to the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy building on the campus of the Japanese American National Museum.