The great thing about living in a sprawling metropolis like Los Angeles is how you can travel to certain parts of the city and feel as though you’re in a completely different country. I’ve never traveled outside of the continental United States (unless you count a few underage drinking excursions to Tijuana) so I can only guess at how similar or different places like Little Tokyo (similar?) or Little Armenia (different?) are from the real deal.
Well, next year it’s gonna be the real deal for sure. I’ll be making my first pan-Pacific trip to Tokyo, Japan in the fall. Now, when my girlfriend and I plan any kind of vacation together it’s a customary practice that we obsess over any and all things destination-related. This trip will be no different.
Between now and next summer I’ll be posting with semi-regularity tidbits highlighting aspects of Los Angeles’ rich Japanese culture including art, food, fashion, and technology. I’m also going to make an effort to familiarize myself (and all of you) with notable individuals in LA’s Japanese community. Hopefully by the time I’m Nippon-bound, we’ll all be a little bit more familiar with the Land of the Rising Sun both at home and abroad.
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