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Little Tokyo

One of only three Japantowns in the United States, Little Tokyo is the cultural center for Japanese Americans in Southern California.

ASICS LA MARATHON: MILE 3

After passing Los Angeles City Hall on Main St, runners make a left onto 1st St past the new LAPD Headquarters and toward Little Tokyo, where runners will pass Japanese restaurants, hotels, shops, and the Japanese American National Museum as they run on 1st St, Central Ave, and 2nd St.

NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS

Although no longer the central location for Japanese Americans living in Los Angeles, Little Tokyo still remains the cultural center because of various events throughout the year put on by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.  Events like Nisei Week and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival as well as several churches with predominantly Japanese American congregations help bring Japanese Americans to Little Tokyo year-round.

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM

The largest museum in the United States dedicated to telling the story of the ancestry of Japanese Americans, the JANM opened in 1992 with the goal of preserving the culture and history of Japanese Americans.  The museum features over 130 years of Japanese American history dating back to the first Issei generation in the late 19th century.

GO FOR BROKE MONUMENT

The Go For Broke Monument commemorates the service of Japanese Americans who served in the US Army during World War II.  The monument features “GO FOR BROKE”, the unit motto for the 100th Infantry Battalion, and later was adopted as the motto for all Japanese-American units formed during WWII.