Street to Be Named for Miyatake

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A sign marks Toyo Miyatake Way in Little Tokyo. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Toyo Miyatake Way will be dedicated at the Sakura Crossing on San Pedro between Second and Third street in Little Tokyo on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 a.m.

Miyatake Way is a small road that connects San Pedro and Los Angeles streets. The street dedication commemorates Miyatake’s work as a noted photographer who captured not only the Little Tokyo community, but also camp life in Manzanar.

Using a camera smuggled into camp, Miyatake chronicled the life of the internees in Manzanar. He also opened a highly successful photography and portrait studio in Little Tokyo in 1923. Toyo Miya-take Studio reopened after World War II and still operates today in San Gabriel Valley.

Miyatake family members will be present, as well as residents of the Little Tokyo community.

For questions, contact Serena Ngo of the Little Tokyo Historical Society, at [email protected] or call (213) 473-3030, ext 169.

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