Here lived since the Japanese population, which was deported, humiliated and imprisoned during World War II, in special camps, mainly for fear of treason. Their property was confiscated then, but at the end of the war, the Japanese residents of the quarter returned and resettled there.
Today it is concentrated in the flourishing Japanese-American community district of Los Angeles. There are those who claim that here is the largest concentration of Japanese outside of Japan. Here are the institutions that serve them, Japanese shopping centers and restaurants, as well as bookstores selling Japanese books and manga, which are Japanese comics.
Here also there are celebrations of the Japanese-American community of the city, such as the Spring Festival held in April and May, each year.
A wonderful Japanese garden is found in James Irwine Park, on the west side of San Pedro Street.
Among the attractions of the neighborhood are the Japanese American Museum, the Japanese-American Cultural Center and the Los Angeles Public Library, which focuses on American-Japanese history and culture.
One of the experiences here is to eat ramen soup at one of the best local restaurants.