Sustainable Little Tokyo is a community-driven initiative working to ensure a healthy, equitable, and culturally rich Little Tokyo for generations to come. What began as a robust community outreach and engagement effort in 2013 has turned into a neighborhood-generated framework dedicated to environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability.
Sustainable Little Tokyo is committed to bringing this community-wide vision to life, while continuing to honor the neighborhood’s deep history as a center for Japanese-American communities and culture.
A community-wide campaign led by
- Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
- Little Tokyo Community Council
- Little Tokyo Service Center
Sustainable Little Tokyo is an inclusive group of people who love Little Tokyo and are imagining a future for our historic Japantown. Become a part of the movement!
Mottainai is a familiar Japanese phrase expressing "What a Waste!" This all-encompassing concept can be interpreted as the 3 Rs—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle—with a fourth R, Respect: Respect for the Earth, your community, yourself, and others.
Read the article from L.A. in Motion, “Envisioning Little Tokyo’s Future as a Cultural Ecodistrict” and watch this video:
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Funded in part by:
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- ArtPlace America
- Surdna Foundation
With support from:
- California Arts Council CA Cultural Districts