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March 23, 1986
Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo has been awarded a Federal Design Achievement Award, the only one in the city of Los Angeles, one of four in California and one of 91 in the entire nation. The award was given under authority of the Presidential Design Awards Program established by President Reagan in 1983 to "recognize significant designs generated by the federal government over the last 10 years."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Jason La
Camille Aligue photographed Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo on Jan. 5. "I was originally taking a photo of something else and I had my back turned to this scene, but then I turned around and saw this!" Aligue said. She used a Canon Rebel EOS T3. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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BUSINESS
August 23, 2007 | Roger Vincent and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
Two landmarks of Los Angeles' Japanese American community were sold this month as downtown's economic boom swept through Little Tokyo, raising concerns about what the effect will be on the closely knit ethnic neighborhood. In the last two weeks, the high-rise New Otani Hotel & Garden and the popular outdoor Japanese Village Plaza were acquired in separate transactions. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, millions of dollars' worth of real estate development is taking place.
BUSINESS
August 23, 2007 | Roger Vincent and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
Two landmarks of Los Angeles' Japanese American community were sold this month as downtown's economic boom swept through Little Tokyo, raising concerns about what the effect will be on the closely knit ethnic neighborhood. In the last two weeks, the high-rise New Otani Hotel & Garden and the popular outdoor Japanese Village Plaza were acquired in separate transactions. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, millions of dollars' worth of real estate development is taking place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Jason La
Camille Aligue photographed Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo on Jan. 5. "I was originally taking a photo of something else and I had my back turned to this scene, but then I turned around and saw this!" Aligue said. She used a Canon Rebel EOS T3. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1998 | BOOTH MOORE
The world's attention will be focused on Japan for the 1998 Winter Olympics, which begin in Nagano on Feb. 7. Before then, there's plenty of Japanese food and culture in our own backyard. Friday Evening Los Angeles has Japanese restaurants with better food, but Yamashiro wins hands down for romance. Sip sake with someone you love and marvel at the city of lights spread out like a blanket in front of you. The tea garden is perfect for an after-dinner stroll. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood.
NEWS
January 21, 1995 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after volunteers at Little Tokyo's Japanese Village Plaza began collecting food and clothing for Kobe earthquake victims, they switched to soliciting monetary donations Friday because they could not find a way to get the collected items to Japan. "It's a little frustrating to tell so many people who want to help that we can't do anything right now," said Tom Kurai, marketing director of the plaza, where dozens of Japanese businesses are located, including two owned by Kobe natives.
NEWS
February 4, 1992 | NANCY MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifteen minutes before Little Tokyo's Amerasia Bookstore opens for its last weekend of business, owner Gary Sumida's phone rings. It's author John Tsukano, who has just arrived from Florida bearing four cartons of his book "Bridge of Love." "This is a tragedy, a tragedy!" Tsukano bellows when he arrives at the Japanese Village Plaza shop minutes later on Saturday. "I was shocked, shocked , when I saw that sign out there."
NEWS
May 21, 1995
A book sale to raise money for the newly opened Little Tokyo Branch Library will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, at Japanese Village Plaza, 327 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2010 | By Bob Pool and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
It was so hot Monday that it broke the all-time record — and the weatherman's thermometer. The National Weather Service's thermometer for downtown Los Angeles headed into uncharted territory at 12:15 p.m. Monday, reaching 113 degrees for the first time since records began being kept in 1877. Shortly after that banner moment, the temperature dipped back to 111, and then climbed back to 112. Then at 1 p.m., the thermometer stopped working. The weather service office in Oxnard rushed an electronics technician 60 miles southeast to the USC campus to repair the thermometer, which is actually a highly sensitive wire connected to electronic equipment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 1998 | BOOTH MOORE
The world's attention will be focused on Japan for the 1998 Winter Olympics, which begin in Nagano on Feb. 7. Before then, there's plenty of Japanese food and culture in our own backyard. Friday Evening Los Angeles has Japanese restaurants with better food, but Yamashiro wins hands down for romance. Sip sake with someone you love and marvel at the city of lights spread out like a blanket in front of you. The tea garden is perfect for an after-dinner stroll. 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood.
NEWS
January 21, 1995 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two days after volunteers at Little Tokyo's Japanese Village Plaza began collecting food and clothing for Kobe earthquake victims, they switched to soliciting monetary donations Friday because they could not find a way to get the collected items to Japan. "It's a little frustrating to tell so many people who want to help that we can't do anything right now," said Tom Kurai, marketing director of the plaza, where dozens of Japanese businesses are located, including two owned by Kobe natives.
NEWS
February 4, 1992 | NANCY MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Fifteen minutes before Little Tokyo's Amerasia Bookstore opens for its last weekend of business, owner Gary Sumida's phone rings. It's author John Tsukano, who has just arrived from Florida bearing four cartons of his book "Bridge of Love." "This is a tragedy, a tragedy!" Tsukano bellows when he arrives at the Japanese Village Plaza shop minutes later on Saturday. "I was shocked, shocked , when I saw that sign out there."
REAL ESTATE
March 23, 1986
Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo has been awarded a Federal Design Achievement Award, the only one in the city of Los Angeles, one of four in California and one of 91 in the entire nation. The award was given under authority of the Presidential Design Awards Program established by President Reagan in 1983 to "recognize significant designs generated by the federal government over the last 10 years."
NEWS
July 31, 1994 | TOMMY LI
Organizers of a concert honoring two Japanese college students who were slain during a March carjacking raised $500 to help establish a $20,000 endowment fund in the victims' names. Go Matsuura and Takuma Ito, film students at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, were shot to death March 25 in a supermarket parking lot in San Pedro. The suspect, Raymond Oscar Butler, pleaded not guilty Tuesday and is awaiting trial in Long Beach Superior Court.
NEWS
January 21, 1995
A number of local organizations have set up funds and/or donation centers to help victims of the Japanese earthquake. A partial list follows: * The American Red Cross is accepting money for the Japanese Relief Fund. Send checks to 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90057, or charge donations by calling (800) 842-2200. * The Salvation Army is accepting donations earmarked for Japan Earthquake Relief. Mail contributions to 900 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015, or call (800) 725-9005.
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