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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.


Hold Up Art

You might have noticed a new art gallery taking shape on 2nd street, and now Hold Up Art gallery is open to the public. Launched by two USC grads, Hold Up Art features offbeat street art from a few core artists and an inviting, interactive space.

In the midst of gallery construction a few weeks ago, I met with the curators/creators Brian Lee and Ben Kaufman. Their aim is definitely not to be another one of those pin-drop awkward galleries where art is out of reach--instead, they're hoping to create a place where people can grab a coffee and hold up a while and hang out with fellow art lovers and featured artists.

Kaufman and Lee at Hold Up Art

You can check out Hold Up Art at 358 E 2nd St in Los Angeles. They're open Tuesday - Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. Their website is http://www.holdupart.com

And if you're looking for a Friday night outing, check out the gallery's first exhibition on Friday, March 12, from 7 to 10PM!


Reminder...Final Budokan Meeting TOMORROW at JACCC

The CRA and LTSC are hosting one last workshop calling for YOU, the residents and stakeholders in Little Tokyo, to come out and voice your opinion about the Budokan design. The meeting is on Saturday, February 6, 9AM to 12PM at the 2nd floor of the JACCC.

The previous meetings had a great turnout and participation, and we need you to be there to make this final meeting just as fun and productive. On the agenda: the CRA has taken the surveys and suggestions from the previous meetings and will be unveiling the design concept that will be submitted for the Prop 84 grant application.

If you're on the fence, just realize that this is a great opportunity to make yourself heard and contribute to this community project...



...Voicing your opinions!

And as in previous meetings, there will be translators and free food! It's not just any Saturday that you get to participate in a project like this, so put on a raincoat and head on over to the JACCC tomorrow at 9AM!


Metro Regional Connector Update...

Metro continues to work on the environmental document that will analyze the four build options, but meanwhile here is an update on the "Fully Underground Alternative." I've posted about this option previously, but in this build, the construction would take place almost entirely underground--and hopefully avoid interference with LT traffic and business.

You can find the Metro blog post (complete with diagram) here. There is a link at the bottom of that post for comments, so if you have thoughts or concerns, definitely forward them to Metro.

And for those unaware, Metro and the Little Tokyo Working Group and Transit Issues Subcomittee have brought in a consultant to help Little Tokyo through the environmental process and to help better represent the community needs to Metro.

Thoughts or concerns about the Regional Connector "fully underground" alternative?


Hinamatsuri: Celebrating Japanese Girl's Day

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center invites you to Hinamatsuri, the Japanese Girl's Day doll festival on Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 1 - 3 PM.

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) opens up the spring season of the On the Veranda Cultural Programs with "Hinamatsuri: Celebrating Japanese Girl's Day." Traditionally held on March 3, Hinamatsuri (doll festival) is an observance of rituals practiced by Japanese families in honor of young girls.

roots are placed back to the ancient custom called hina-nagashi, or "doll floating" where people would float dolls down the river to carry away the bad spirits.

Today, families display their heirloom dolls depicting the royal Heian court on a special red lacquered tiered platform, starting with the Emperor and Empress on the top tier shelf and going down to the various ladies in waiting, musicians, samurai on the following tiers. Little girls celebrate Hinamatsuri by having a party of delicious Japanese treats and drink, and "offering" it to the dolls.

The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of games, arts and crafts activities and special treats. Families enjoy the day with a stroll through the newly re-dedicated James Irvine Japanese Garden, a tea ceremony, Japanese music, and viewing of an elaborate display of traditional Hina Dolls.

Want to attend?


ames Irvine Japanese Garden at JACCC

244 S. San Pedro St., Level B, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Hina Doll Exhibit & Tea Ceremony: Free admission;
Donations Welcome
Tea & Hinamatsuri Treats Tasting Event at the Garden:

$20 General Admission, $15 JACCC Members
For tickets visit www.jaccc.org or call (213) 680-3700

www.jaccc.org, call (213) 628-2725 ext. 133, or by email Kelley@jaccc.org.