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Sawtelle

By the 1930s, Sawtelle had become a desired location for Japanese immigrants attracted by the opportunity to work independently as a gardener or open a nursery and join a fast-growing community on Los Angeles’ Westside. The community grew by 1941 to include 5 churches, 4 hotels, 2 boarding houses, 21 nurseries, 5 florists, 8 gas stations, 4 barbers, and over 15 stores, primarily located on Sawtelle Blvd. As a joint effort by community members, the Sawtelle Gakuin was dedicated in 1929, and continues to offer Japanese language classes. The historic site at 2110 Corinth Ave, now known as the WLA Japanese American Community Center, offers cultural and martial arts, senior lunch, and community programs.

Listings 

A.I. Nursery

2227 Barrington Ave, West Los Angeles

Asahi Nursery

Olympic and Cotner, West Los Angeles

Asia Co.

2039 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles
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Brockton Nursery

11954 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Bruin Flower Shop

12020 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Eastgate Florist

645 Sepulveda Blvd, West Los Angeles

F.K. Nursery

2020 Federal Ave, West Los Angeles

Frank Nursery

12424 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Fujin Kai

1947 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles

Gordon Nursery

11800 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Harada Nursery

1900 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles

Honma, K., DDS

11306 1/2 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles

Hori Hotel

2310 Cotner Ave, West Los Angeles
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Independent Church

11653 Mississippi Ave, West Los Angeles
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Kawaguchi, S.

2003 Corinth Ave, West Los Angeles

Kikuya

2045 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles
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Minami Nursery

2113 Barrington Ave, West Los Angeles

Miyazaki Jeweler

1612 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles

Modern Dress Shop

2029 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles
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Nishida Grocery

11902 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles
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O.K. Chop Suey

11908 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles

O.K. Nursery

1947 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles

Ohashi Barber

2062 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles
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Okazaki, S. Barber

11196 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles
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Pacific Rose Co.

11111 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Reformed Church

11187 Massachusetts Ave, West Los Angeles
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Sawtelle Nursery

11162 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles