California Japantowns - Exploring the preservation of history, culture, and community...


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.


Takasumi Hotel

2337 Pontius Ave, West Los Angeles

Takemoto Barber

11158 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles

Tenri Kyokai

2001 Purdue Ave, West Los Angeles

Three Star #74

10407 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles

Westgate Florist

11601 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles

Westgate Nursery

Wilshire and Federal, West Los Angeles


1921 1/2 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles

Yasuju Chiryo-in

1417 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles


2066 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles