A few weeks ago, we went for a walking tour of Little Tokyo and our guide was Dr. T. He talked about the area's rich history and some of changes that happened in the neighborhood over the years. We made several stops along the way, and were given access to one of the oldest existing Buddhist temple in North America, Koyasan Buddhist Temple.
Here's a bit of information about Little Tokyo:
Before WWII, Little Tokyo was the largest Japanese community in the United States. In 1942, there were approximately 35,000 residents in the area. The relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII left Little Tokyo virtually empty. With labor shortage during WWII, many African-Americans from the Southeast and Midwest came to fill-in wartime jobs and moved into the vacated properties. From 1942 to 1945, Little Tokyo was known as Bronzeville, a vibrant neighborhood with restaurants, stores, and jazz clubs.
All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50 on JCH Streetpan 400