Above: Little Tokyo Business Association volunteers help promote the holiday shopping season with Shogun Santa. Pictured on the stage in Japanese Village Plaza are: (standing) Joanne Kumamoto (left), Alan Kumamoto, and Keiji Kobayashi; (seated) Sylvia Ena (left), Shogun Santa Rodney Kageyama, and Ellen Endo. Right: Officers Banning and Holbrook of the newly instituted LAPD Little Tokyo foot patrol pause to share holiday greetings with Shogun Santa. Crowds of shoppers are expected in Little Tokyo on the last weekend before Christmas. Japanese New Year’s events are also planned for Jan. 1 to 3.