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Japanese American National Museum
369 East First St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Japanese American National Museum opened in 1992 and is the only museum dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They promote continual exploration of the meaning and value of ethnicity in our country through programs that preserve individual dignity, strengthen our communities, and increase respect among all people.

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 South San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) is dedicated to presenting, perpetuating, transmitting and promoting Japanese and Japanese American art and culture to diverse audiences and to providing a center to enhance community programs. JACCC is a unique ethnic cultural center, located in Little Tokyo in the heart of Los Angeles near the Civic Center. JACCC presents diverse works from other ethnic communities as well as Japanese and Japanese American performing, visual, literary arts and community events. The James Irvine Garden ( basement level) is an oasis in the central city. This spectacular garden won the National Landscape Award of the American Association in the fall of 1981.

Japanese Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a spectacular collection of Japanese art. The Pavilion is unique in America. It is a separate building dedicated to the display of Japanese art within the complex of a large, encyclopedic museum. The Pavilion rotates displays from the Bushell collection which contains 836 works from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. They exhibit sculptures, paintings, prints, and ceramics. The Raymond and Frances Bushell Netsuke Gallery on the plaza level gives the museum visitor the unique opportunity to view from all sides the miniature sculptures known as netsuke. Netsuke were used as both toggle and counterweight to help suspend hanging purses or boxes from the sash of a man’s kimono.

Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91100
The Japanese Garden is viewed by the visitor, opening only through the entrance, where lion dogs stand guard. The garden can inspire a tranquil and contemplated state of mind for the visitor who is not in a rush. Some features of the Japanese Garden are the temple bell, the moon bridge and reflecting ponds, the canyons with spring-flowering trees, stone lanterns and pagodas, and the Japanese House on the hillside across the lake.

Union Center for the Arts
120 North San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Union Center for the Arts is an adaptive rehabilitation of a former church structure. The cultural center brings back to life the historic Union Church, which has become home for three of LA’s oldest and most prestigious arts organizations, the East West Players, L.A. Artcore, and Visual Communications.

Manzanar War Relocation Center
Located just off the US Highway 395, 12 miles North of Lone Pine CA and 5 miles South of Independence. CA
760.878.2194 ext.10
Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. On March 21, 1942 the first 82 Japanese Americans made the 220-mile trip by bus from Los Angeles. By July Manzanar's population was nearly 10,000. Over 90 percent of the evacuees were from the Los Angeles area; others were from Stockton, California, and Bainbridge Island, Washington. Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of nine camps.