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LTSCene - November 2016

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Azusa Street Alley
Making a wish for Little Tokyo and chalk drawing on the walls of the Azusa Street alley

Right Up Our Alley

The Azusa Street alley in Little Tokyo adjacent to the JACCC was transformed into a vibrant and interactive public space for both residents and visitors on October 9. The event featured trees, planters, gardens, seating, and art created by Casa Heiwa youth. This was the second event in a series of temporary improvements using community-driven design and art by local artists to reimagine the underused alley as a community asset. These temporary improvements of Azusa Street are projects of Sustainable Little Tokyo. Stay tuned for the next event!

Mr. Miyata

First Street North: Little Tokyo’s National Historic Landmark

Did you watch the First Street North video featured in the September LTSCene? #MyFSN is a community-driven campaign aimed to raise awareness and continue to advocate for Sustainable Little Tokyo’s vision of our National Historic Landmark, First Street North (FSN)!

How can YOU get involved and support YOUR First Street North?

  • Post your FSN story, memory or message on social media and make sure to add #MyFSN
  • Participate in the #MyFSNPosterContest. Three winners will receive a $250 cash prize and have their poster displayed throughout Little Tokyo!

Visit Sustainable Little Tokyo's First Street North webpage for more information

Lonely person
Lower division champions “Kobe Wan Kenobi”

3-on-3 Basketball for Budokan

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament to benefit the Budokan project was held at Pecan Park in Boyle Heights on October 8. Members of the Budokan community grassroots committee organized the 10-team tournament. The day was a success thanks to participating team members and a group of great volunteers. The sound of bouncing balls and cheering spectators filled the gym, exemplifying what we hope to hear in the near future at the Budokan.

Casa Durae

Last Call: Toyota Raffle

Last call to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid! Along with your chance to win a car, you are supporting the Budokan project as we raise funds to build this multi-purpose facility in Little Tokyo.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Ticket stubs must be received by LTSC on or before November 23, 2016. Drawing of the winning ticket will be on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Kosumosu House
LTSC staff participating in National #PurpleThursday on October 20, 2016


October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the purpose of which is to:

  • Mourn those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrate those who have survived domestic violence
  • Connect those who work to end domestic violence

You can help overcome domestic violence simply by talking about it with friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors. Talking about domestic violence helps to erase its stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported.

You are not alone. If you are struggling with domestic violence, call (213) 473-3035.

Hirokazu presents "On the Verandah" at Takachizu: Celebrating 100 years of Los Angeles Kyudo Kai in Little Tokyo

Legendary cultural icon and artist Hirokazu will conduct a demonstration and talk about Kyudo at Takachizu on Saturday, November 19, 1:00-3:00 pm. Focusing on the traditional practice and art of Kyudo, he will share his experiences with diverse cultures and reflect on the “way” of Japanese traditional arts and culture through his presentation, "On the Verandah". All ages are welcome to this free event!

LTSC'S Volunteers

Little Tokyo Community Health Fair

The Little Tokyo Community Health Fair will be on Saturday, November 5, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon at Union Church (401 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA). Free services will include:

  • Flu shots
  • Glucose checks
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Oral cancer/dental checks
  • Podiatry checks
  • Health counseling
  • Nutrition counseling
  • And more…

Small Business Expo
(back row) Perla Eston, Inclusive Homes; John Stern, Decro Alpha Corporation; Mark Stivers, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee; (front row) Laura Blosser and Takao Suzuki, LTSC; Sonia Rahm, Citi Community Capital

Durae Senior Apartments

LTSC, Korean Resource Center, and Decro Alpha Corporation recently celebrated the completion of Durae Senior Apartments, 67 units of affordable senior housing in the Koreatown/Wilshire neighborhood. At the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) Annual Conference on September 16, 2016, Durae Senior Apartments won the Homes Within Reach Award for Senior Housing Project of the Year. Given that the project was in development for over 10 years and overcame many obstacles, we are very proud of this accomplishment and what we were able to give to the community.

Small Business Expo
Survivor Zoe meets her donor Noemi for the first time

A3M Starnight Gala

A3M celebrated its 25th anniversary with a fabulous Starnight gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach on October 15. What began as a grassroots effort to save one life has become a community-wide commitment to finding bone marrow matches for those in need. The reward for this work was seen when 5 year-old survivor Zoe met her donor Noemi for the first time on stage at the dinner. The entire room was filled with hope and happiness for Zoe and her family. A3M would like to thank everyone for 25 years of support and commitment to saving lives.

Small Business Expo

SoCalGas Funds Mental Health Services for Seniors

Many studies have found that depression is one of the most common issues in Asian American populations. At the same time, the underutilization of mental health services by Asian Americans has been well-documented over the years. Even if they want therapy, community members have trouble finding therapists that speak Asian languages within their insurance networks.

SoCalGas has awarded LTSC a grant to provide mental health services to seniors. This grant will enable LTSC to outreach to the community with culturally relevant general education about depression and anxiety and provide individual counseling sessions to those in need.

LTSC would like to thank SoCalGas for supporting our mental health services to our community’s seniors.

Small Business Expo

Workshop: Protecting the Future of Your Business

Many business owners will face a time when they need to transfer ownership or close their businesses. Prepare yourself for this eventuality by developing a business exit strategy.

LTSC and Prudential America present a Small Business Exit Strategy workshop on Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 – 9:00 pm at Nikkei Pioneer Center (244 S. San Pedro St. # 301 in Little Tokyo). Complimentary dinner from Curry House will be provided.

This workshop will include:

  • The purpose of a business exit strategy
  • Resources to assist in exiting a business
  • The steps involved in selling/closing a business

RSVP online or contact Yoko Kawaguchi (LTSC Small Business Counselor) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (213) 473-1658.

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11/5 – Little Tokyo Community Health Fair

11/6 – Daylight Savings!

11/19 – Hirokazu at Takachizu

11/15 – Small Business Exit Strategy workshop

11/28 – BoLA Toyota Raffle Drawing

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Air It Out

​Install a faucet aerator on each faucet in your house to save water and energy.

Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions last month!

October Donors
Mei-Ling Chung
Takeko Griffin
Estate of Yoichi Hayashi
Takahiro Ide
Kayoko Inohara
Lloyd & Tazuko Inui
Lloyd Kajikawa & Silvina Rubinstein
Jessica Kanai
Mark Kawauchi
Mitchell & Esther Kodama
June & Gary Masada
Jim Matsuoka
Teresa & Robert Matsushima
Diana & Yoshi Matsushima
Margie & Michael Odanaka
Allyson & Bradley Sakai
Kayoshi Shoda
Mable & Frank Takenaka
Lilian & James Tanaka
M. Toyofuku
Keith Umemoto
Bruce Uyemura
Emily & Dan Weaver
Gerald Yee
Women of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

In Memory of Chizuko Sakuma
Shirley Konya & Louis Vega

In Memory of Chor Chai Tan
Marie Tan and Gregory Tan

Budokan of Los Angeles Donations
Akemi Arakaki
Amy Chuman
Mark Doi
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Scott Ito & Nan Lee
Kimberly Kawasaki
Mitchell & Esther Kodama
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
Mike Murase & June Hibino
Erich Nakano & Sandra Viera
Jennifer Okutake
Helen Ota
Stephen Suzuki
Bill Watanabe

In Memory of George & June Nakashima
Cynthia Mikimoto

In Honor of Skip Kawaratani

Vehicle Donations
Yas Hagihara
Sandra & Alan Kosaka
Hiromi Mochizuki
Judith & Ronald Nakatsu
Mika Shuto

In-kind Donations
Shelter Partnership

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