Little Tokyo in Los Angeles is typically known for its location next to a district filled with homeless people, and for no prominent attractions. Because of these impressions, Japanese local and tourists have not paid attentions.
I used to think the same way when I moved to LA 3 years ago. However, due to the new development of the surrounding areas, the number of condominiums has been tripled, and Art District next to Little Tokyo has been getting a lot of attentions from young people. The number of the visitors in Little Tokyo has increased dramatically.
I went out to drink with a Japanese American friend who is 20 years older than me last Friday. He took me to a narrow array between two old buildings where I heard someone singing with sound of the acoustic guitar.
It was a bar surrounded by building exterior walls. He told me that his father took him for the first time when he was only 5 years old, so that means that this place has been here more than 50 years.
There is a connected interior lounge/ Chinese restaurant facing the main street, too. It has been renovated, but most of the pieces in the space looked rustic and had an original taste. (I can not guarantee the food since i have not eaten here.)
It seemed that the time has stooped in this bar, and I long for its long lasting life here.