More than 360 people attended “J-Town’s 130th Birthday Bash,” a benefit dance party supporting the Little Tokyo Historical Society, on April 5 at Nishi Hongwanji in Los Angeles.
Live music was provided by Kokoro, featuring vocalists Steven Santiago, Lauren Wong and Jennifer Cella.
Dance instructor Christine Inouye, assisted by Toru Nagao and Cathy Fujimoto, led a line dance to the tune of “Gokigen Ondo.”
The raffle was conducted by (from left) event organizer Carol Tanita, actor Rodney Kageyama, LTHS President Michael Okamura, and 2012 Nisei Week Princesses Marci Asao and Erika Fisher. In a side room, LTHS interviewed attendees about their memories of Little Tokyo.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo