What’s your favorite thing about visiting the Watts Towers?
A mostly unpaved Los Angeles River meanders through Elysian Valley, also known as Frogtown, in 1940. (USC Libraries/California Historical Society Collection)
All the pictures I’ve shot of this restaurant, I never cropped them down. I should see what my night time shots look like.
In 2012 I wrote about Otomisan, the last remaining Japanese restaurant in Boyle Heights. Located on East First Street since the 1950s, they are a part of a small handful of Japanese churches, a school, and florist that have remained in the area from the early-20th century. This week L.A. Letters spotlights three remaining Japanese spaces clustered within a block of each other on First Street in Boyle Heights: the Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Temple, Tenrikyo Church, and Rafu Chuo Gakuen, the Japanese school on Saratoga Street. Similar to Otomisan, these venerated spaces have a longstanding history and intimate connection with the Boyle Heights Japanese community. (via Japanese Boyle Heights in the 21st Century | LA Letters | Departures Columns | KCET)