A Day in Little Tokyo / Art District

 

Last weekend we did a small walk in China Town, DTLA.  It’s quite amazing experience and we quite like the authenticity of China Town and cannot wait to go back to get some Dim-sum.  This weekend we decided to visit Little Tokyo to check out what life look like during Post-COVID19. 

Little Tokyo also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California.  It is one of  only three official Japan towns in the United States.   Before COVID-19, we often came here to visit museums, restaurants, bars and all kinds of art events.  Read on for our walking tour today in Little Tokyo.

 

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A Little Weekend Local Get-away

 

Our Saturdays are all about exploration.  Specially in the new normal under the current pandemic, we will have to get out to nature as much as we can to take good care of  our wellness physically and mentally.   Since locked-down in March, we haven’t been to DTLA. We decided to have a morning hiking in Historic State Park and  go to visit new Proper Hotel in DTLA.  Here is our little weekend journey.

State Historic Park

Saturday’s visit to SHP is our first time . We were really amazed by this 34-acres  park , where rail-yards thrilled long time ago.   Often referred to as “Central Park of Los Angeles,”  the park occupies acreage just north of Chinatown between the L.A. River and the Elysian Hills, where pobladores who journeyed from Mexico and later arrivals from Europe, Asia and the United States drew their water. It was where, beginning in 1876, a generation of migrants from points east ended their rail sojourns to California, disembarking at the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station. With the dawn of the 20th century, it was where the town became an industrial city as the depot, restaurants and hotels gave way to rail yards and switching stations. It became known as the Cornfields, although there was scant evidence that corn ever grew there. You can click here to read more.

 

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The public arts in the park are just mind-blowing. One of  the public art inside the park includes this  “Origins,” in above picture,  a sculptural piece by Debra Scaccothat was inspired by the nearby L.A. River. “When I conceived the piece, it was particularly with this patch of land in mind because it really is about the changing courses of the river and the changing courses of this site, the original Zanja Madre,” says Scacco. “There’s a particular relevance to it and I’m delighted that it’s going to live here.”  The material  he used here is mirrored steel to reflect water rippling.

 

 

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Weekend Vibes

We love to stroll around the Art District and DTLA over the weekends just to explore the  emerging things on art and design.

 

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One of the fun things to do is to walk along the long long  exhibition hall filled with nature light.

 

 

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They did a very good job to to have some faux fur on these white wicker chairs and sofas. It’s so warm and inviting.

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There are some greenery and pretty awesome lighting fixtures, too.

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Here is the close-up of the sofa.

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Here is the close-up of the chair.

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Here is the close-up of the chair.

 

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Here is the close-up of the chair.

 

Here are some of my favorite art we found over the weekend.

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The Colorful Urban Landscape of DTLA

 

DTLA has being gone through the major transformation within last several years. Every time, we are here, we always can see something new and feel something new.   So it is pretty exciting experience to explore new DTLA for food, cafe, architectures, boutique hotels, museums, etc.  And often the landscape of the mix -and- max of the new with historical buildings make the city so charming.

We were recently invited to a preview party of new property in China Town which is really close to city hall. The property is multi-purpose combining  with retails and residential. I am pretty amazed by how they use the color, patterns and mid-century furniture they choose.

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Here is the pretty cool location.  You can see the city hall is right in the middle. Photo by Robert Ke 

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The property has several buildings featured cheerful bright color blocks. 

 

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When you enter the 4th floor lobby, you see this kitchen first. First of all, I really like the color palette they chose here–cool high-glossy navy blue on the cabinetry with warm textured brown copper tiles on the wall and floor. The white quarts countertop finishes the whole vignette look with a touch of fresh modern crispness. Second of all, I quite like how they design the shelving box around the fridge—it’s kind of not that serious but pretty stylish and thoughtful  vibe.  Yes, a good work flow, plenty of countertops and relax vibes often create a dream place to host a big social party.

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Here is a huge industrial chandelier at one of the entries. One of the cool features for this property is how they mix and match different styles of lighting fixtures which makes ceilings and vertical spaces so interesting.  Different layers of lighting design make your eyes always look up and move around and find that unique object.

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These playful pendants hanging over the large table in the lobby contrasts with the masculine chandelier by the entry we were just talking about above.

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This is another example how they mix different styles of light fixtures. 

 

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A perfect picture frame. Now you know Pantone Live Coral really plays big this year. 

 

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And of course, I cannot miss a  great selfie opportunity with this colorful and alive  urban landscape.

 

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And here is one I stand outside on the roof of the building.

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These cute pool side chairs carry Brazilian cheerful vibes and you feel they invite you  to have a seat on them.

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These cute pool side chairs carry Brazilian cheerful vibes and you feel they invite you  to have a seat on them.

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And I am really obsessed with this day bed. Can I have a drink here, please ?

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Hahaha, with my pink flamingo.

 

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And a rooftop swing in a stylish shape and cool color.

 

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So time to enjoy the sunset view.

Happy Saturday

 

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Weekend Vibes

 

“Less Talk, More Ice Cream”, what about talks over ice cream?

I love just scrolling  around the neighborhoods of  Los Angeles to experience diversified cultures, find new cool shops with quirky interiors, or simply having my sweet-treats and batheing in the sunshines.  What about you? How do you spend your weekends?

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Peach and Gray—cool and inviting

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Cool Vibes

 

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Color of Orange is all about being happy and optimistic.

 

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I am just like everyone here and enjoying each other’s company. 

Happy Sunday

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