Little Tokyo & Art District

This is a continuing adventure from the last blog, Lady Egg and I decided to check out Little Tokyo and the Art District in the afternoon.  We decided to take the Gold Line Metro train which stops right between Little Tokyo and the Art District.  For $1.75 one way, you can’t beat the convenience and the sense of adventure.  Little Tokyo in 1905 was estimated to have a Japanese population of 3,500 people that was severely impacted by the internment camp order during World War 2.  Writing this blog on 1/31/2017, I wonder if we are going to see something similar after Trump’s recent Muslim ban on travel.

In Little Tokyo, you will find Weller Court which has the famous neon hallway.  There are always people there taking pics or just walking thru since it connects the plaza to the street.   If you can, try to find a time after the sun sets and take a few snaps in the hallway.  It’s a unique experience and worthy for your Instagram feed.  Afterwards we checked out the spinning sculpture in front of the Geffen MOCA building.  I didn’s realize it but you can spin and rotate the rubiks cube like display.

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Weller Court
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Weller Court
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Weller Court
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Geffen MOCA

 

The Art District was started back in the 1970s when artists started to illegally occupy millions of square feel of unused commercial space along Alameda street.  In the 1980s, the city decided to regentrify the area and called it the Artist in Residence area later to be known as the Art District.

Walking down Alameda street you will end up at the start of the Art District on 3rd street where Angel City Brewery is.  As much as you are drawn to the all the art on the walls and above you, take a moment to check out the little works of art on the sidewalk.  The humor and simplicity is fun to experience.  As much as I want to comment on the artwork, I believe it’s your own personal experience and it depends on how it impacts your emotion, intellect and soul.  I am just going to leave a gallery of pics down below so you can have an idea of what you may see when you visit.

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Of course no Little Tokyo adventure would be complete without having a meal there.  On the way back to the train stop, we decided to eat at Marugame Monzo.  We got lucky and sat at the bar.  It is a treat to watch them make the udon noodles and know that each one you eat was hand made recently.  I decided to have a simple udon offering while I encouraged Lady Egg to get the creamy uni udon bowl.  After the meal, we headed back on the train and signed off to another fun but long adventure day.

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Store Front
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Uni Udon
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Plain Udon
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Freshly made
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Sake

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