Commission work for Windows of Little Tokyo 

When I used to live in L.A. as a foreign student from Japan, I recognized Little Tokyo only as an area for dining and shopping.

However, as I heard stories from the people I met at Little Tokyo Towers, a low income residence for seniors, the recently evicted Japanese-American artists living and working at 800 Traction Ave., and the regulars at Far East Lounge which provides classes for seniors, I learned more about the nuances of the community.

The residents of Little Tokyo show continuous curiosity for advancement and health, determination to preserve the Japanese culture, and resilience towards the city’s ongoing development.

These polaroids taken here reflect the memories they’ve shared, challenges they face, and hopes they keep. I would like for this collective image to evoke empathy in the passerby towards the more personal face of Little Tokyo.

 

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