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Can’t fly out to Japan? If you find yourself in California, check out the next best thing in LA’s Little Tokyo. As a National Historic Landmark District, Little Tokyo has a unique variety of historical, cultural, shopping and food destinations to give you a taste of Japan on the west coast. As one of the three official Japan-towns in the United States, Little Tokyo offers an authentic Japanese American experience.
During the summer, Little Tokyo hosts its annual Nisei Week Festival to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Little Tokyo community. This Festival takes place in August and features free outdoor entertainment, music, cultural exhibits, food and is an event for people of all ages. Highlights of the week include Taiko Drums, Dai Dengaku Street Dance, art displays and delicious food. Come and join the celebration to learn more about Japanese American Culture, meet new friends and partake in the festivities.
Popkiller is a trendy clothing shop stocked with cool T-shirts and clothing. The wide variety of shirts includes designs with a heavy influence from Japanese art. In addition to its unique T-shirts, PopKiller also sells fun, vintage novelties and popular products from Japan. Any item from this store is sure to make you stand out among your friends with something truly original. Be sure to check out both its locations in Little Tokyo: POP Tee Shop and Popkiller Second.