Top Five Reasons To Go Little Tokyo This Holiday Season

Photo provided courtesy of Go Little Tokyo.

Go Little Tokyo, the community campaign offering insights to one of LA’s most lively neighborhoods, is excited to announce the return of Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays, kicking-off with “Small Business Saturday” on November 30. ‘Tis the season in the streets of Little Tokyo spreading holiday cheer for families to enjoy boutique shopping, delicious seasonal treats, and an array of cultural festivities through the new year. Ditch the mall this season and support Little Tokyo’s many historic small businesses by picking up one-of-a-kind items not available anywhere else in LA! Celebrate this special community and make new memories in the heart of Downtown LA with a curated gift guide and the top five reasons to Go Little Tokyo for the Holidays.

  1. Shogun Santa is Coming to Town: The Holidays will be in full swing as Shogun Santa’s sleigh makes a stop in Little Tokyo on December 14, 15, 21, & 22, from 11 a.m-3 p.m. at the Japanese Village Plaza stage! Make this a picture-perfect moment by capturing a selfie or family photo while supporting the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). Free admission, donations encouraged.

  2. Gifts of Landmarks Past: The inaugural Little Tokyo Pin Collection will be celebrating the neighborhood with enamel pins from 5 iconic Little Tokyo landmarks. Sport some J-town pride and choose from 5 iconic Little Tokyo landmarks: the Yagura fire tower, the Toyo Miyatake camera, the Neon Storefront ‘Sho Tokyo’ Sign, the Home is Little Tokyo Street Sign from the community mural, and the Yokoso, for the perfect little gift! The full collection is available at Cafe Dulce and Bunkado and all proceeds benefit the Little Tokyo Community Council.

  3. Reusable Gifts That Keep On Giving: Join in the Mottainai (Don’t waste anything!) culture and wrap tasty potluck items and gifts of all sizes in reusable Japanese furoshiki available from Rafu Bassan. These traditional wrapping cloths replace the one-time-use wrapping paper with a unique touch for a true holiday gift that keeps on giving.

  4. The Technological Magic of the Holidays: Retro Game Camp in the Little Tokyo Mall is offering a gift for every gamer with their refurbished console and controller bundle. Along with their standard English language game consoles, this hidden store gem offers in-language Japanese import consoles for those that want that extra bit of authenticity in their gaming experience.

  5. A Seasonal Stocking Stuffer: Japanese artist Mizucat unwraps his aesthetic Mizucat x Popkiller apparel collection with custom made design t-shirts to dive into this holiday season with style. Influenced by retro anime, synth wave music, and vaporware style, this collaboration features everything from anime space babes to City pop idols.

Go Little Tokyo is your guide to discovering the holiday magic in the historical neighborhood all season long. Starting on Black Friday, pick up your very own 2019-2020 Go Little Tokyo Holiday Guide featuring a curated list of sustainable gift ideas and festive local neighborhood cultural events. Guides will be available for pick up at various locations throughout Little Tokyo and online at golittletokyo.com/holidays.

Credit: Go Little Tokyo.

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