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Sustainable Little Tokyo is a community-driven initiative working to ensure a healthy, equitable, and culturally rich Little Tokyo for generations to come. SLT began in 2013 as a multi-day community vision effort and has evolved into a holistic, neighborhood-wide campaign to promote the environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability of Little Tokyo.

About SLT

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.

A community-wide campaign led by the Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), 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.

Through our community-driven work, Little Tokyo is now one of the first fourteen California Cultural Districts, and one of two in the City of Los Angeles! Cultural Districts highlight the cultural legacy of our state's most valuable resource—its diversity!

Our Mission

Retain and Strengthen Communities through programs that create cultural connections to Little Tokyo’s new populations while creating affordable opportunities that enable long-time neighborhood stakeholders to thrive.
Create Economic Inclusion by sustaining a robust local economy of strong independent businesses. Respect Japanese American Cultural Heritage and History by preserving past traditions and supporting local artists.
Support Green Development and Practices through the planning of new environmentally efficient developments and infrastructure, while retrofitting .

Mottainai

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.

Sustainable Little Tokyo is working to create a future for the neighborhood that: respects and promotes our Japanese American history and culture, retains a strong community fabric, sustains a robust economy with strong independent businesses, embraces green technologies.

Read the article from L.A. in Motion, “Envisioning Little Tokyo’s Future as a Cultural Ecodistrict” and watch this video:

Building Community & Preserving Culture in Little Tokyo

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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