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Located at Central and First streets, a mural three years in the planning and execution by some 500 community individuals is the colorful, 16 by 40-foot work entitled “Home is Little Tokyo,” depicting the good and bad times that have helped to shape J-Town’s history. (Photo by MARIO G. REYES)

Located at Central and First streets, a mural three years in the planning and execution by some 500 community individuals is the colorful, 16 by 40-foot work entitled “Home is Little Tokyo,” depicting the good and bad times that have helped to shape J-Town’s history. (Photo by MARIO G. REYES)

The wall mural “Home is Little Tokyo,” located at Central and First Street, is a perfect example of grass roots involvement, and if I’d had the time, this is one project I would loved to have been part of. I commend everyone who was involved.

The mural is the culmination of three years of work by almost 500 individuals, groups and organizations. Muralists: Tony Osumi, Sergio Diaz, Jorge Diaz. Project managers: Nancy Kikuchi, Takao Suzuki. Little Tokyo Mural Funders: Jan Perry, Councilmember, 9th District; City of Los Angeles, Office of Community Beautification; Community Redevelopment Agency; State of California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Proposition 40; Little Tokyo Service Center; Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council; JVP Investment, Inc.; Little Tokyo Community Council; Fugetsu-do Confectionary just to to name a few.

The mural is a collection of images from J-Town’s 100-plus years of history, to 2005 when the mural was installed by Three Star Sign.

At open community meetings, mural ideas were shared and gathered from Little Tokyo residents, small business owners, and local workers.

When public painting days were held, hundreds of people of all ages painted side-by-side.

The colorful 16 x 40 foot mural captures J-Town’s long history and is a celebration of community teamwork and self-determination.

—By MARIO G. REYES

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