Monthly Archives: October 2015

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Jumbo Pumpkin Pizza at Louigi’s

October 31, 2015

Our family’s favorite holiday is Halloween.  Every year we throw a Halloween party and the size of the party has grown year by year.  This year we served pizzas and called upon Sawtelle Japantown business Louigi’s Italian Kitchen to make jumbo sized pizzas shaped like pumpkins.  The pizzas tasted great and were a big hit at the party!

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

Pizzas were a big hit at the Halloween Party! (photo by Yumiko Fowler)

All of food ingredients are fresh at Louigi’s.    In addition to pizza, Louigi’s also serves a variety of pastas and sandwiches from their small shop on the north side of Sawtelle Japantown.

Vongole Spaghetti (photo by Louigi's)

Vongole Pasta (photo by Louigi’s)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi's)

Sandwiches made fresh (photo by Louigi’s)

Exterior of Louigi's (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Exterior of Louigi’s (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Louigi’s is located at:

1644 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 477-4500

1750 Sawtelle – Camden Town Apartments Inside Peak

October 16, 2015

We recently featured a post on the new developments transforming Sawtelle Japantown with Urbanize.LA .  One of the developments we featured was “Camden Town”, a  15 unit purple and gray luxury apartment building located at 1750 Sawtelle Boulevard.   The apartment is in a prime location with Plan Check and Bar Hayama as restaurant neighbors.

The developers Premier League Inc. allowed us to take a sneak peak of the interior prior to the open house this weekend.   The building has 9 — 1 bedroom units (650-720 SF) and 6 — 2 bedroom units (900-920 SF), all with parking spaces.  Rents range from $2500 to $2800 for 1 bedrooms and $3200 to $3450 for 2 bedrooms.

Check out the photos:

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle

Camden Town 1750 Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Hallway (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Hallway (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Penhouse View (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Penthouse View (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Kitchen (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Kitchen (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Bathroom (photo by SawelleJapantown.com))

Bathroom (photo by SawelleJapantown.com))

Washing Machine and Dryer Included (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Washing Machine and Dryer Included (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Fireplace (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Fireplace (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Deck Overlooking Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

Rooftop Deck Overlooking Sawtelle (photo by SawelleJapantown.com)

There are a lot of nice features to the apartments. The penthouse units boasts great views of Sawtelle because the building next to it is a low rise.  My favorite part of the building was the rooftop deck with fireplace.  Seems like a perfect location to hang out with friends and enjoy the Sawtelle scene.

The open house starts this Saturday, October 17th from 1-5 pm and Sunday, October 18th from 1-5 pm.

For more information on Camden Town, you can call the developers Premier League Inc. at 310-479-5555.

West LA Native Craig Iwamoto Making it Big in Japan as Joe Iron

October 12, 2015

Joe Iron (photo courtesy of Craig Iwamoto)

Craig Iwamoto aka Joe Iron (photo courtesy of Craig Iwamoto)

Sawtelle Japantown has become known as a street of delicious eateries, but there is an entire community of people who call Sawtelle Japantown home.  One member of the Sawtelle Japantown community is successful music producer and songwriter Joe Iron, whose real name is Craig Iwamoto.  Craig is a fourth generation Japanese American who was born and raised in the Venice/ Palms area of West LA and grew up in the Sawtelle community.

Craig was recruited by talent Minoru Ujita to work as a music producer in Japan and in eight years, Craig has become one of the top music producers in Japan.  His mixtape series “Banzai Boy” is a big hit in the Japanese hip hop scene.  In addition to working with several artists within different genres of music all over Asia, Craig produces music for AK-69, the number one selling hip hop artist in Japan.

Craig on the Streets on Tokyo (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

Craig on the Streets of Tokyo (photo by SawtelleJapantown.com)

“I am as West LA as you can get” says Craig, as we met over lunch in Tokyo.

Before the war, Craig’s grandfather owned real estate on Sawtelle, including the site formerly occupied by the Safe and Save market.  As a child, Craig went to Japanese school at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle and participated in boy scouts and aikido at that location.
Craig and his family are members of the West LA Buddhist church and active within the Japanese American community. Growing up, Craig knew every store manager or owner on Sawtelle. Craig often entered through the back door at Yamaguchi general store when he played hooky from Japanese school.

Craig hasn’t had time to return to the Sawtelle Japantown area in recent years but when he does, he will certainly be surprised to see all the changes to the area.

Photo by SawtelleJapantown.com

Photo by SawtelleJapantown.com

ジョー アイロン

ソーテルジャパンタウンは今や美味しい食べ物屋さん通りとして有名だがその他にもソーテルジャパンタウンをホームと呼ぶ人達がいる。その一人が音楽プロデューサー、シンガーソングライターのジョーアイロンことクレッグ岩本氏だ。氏はウエストエルエイのヴェニス地区で生まれソーテル育ちだ。

氏はうじたみのる氏にスカウトされ日本でミューッジックプロデューサーとして働き八年でトッププロデューサーの仲間入りをした。ミックステープという彼の作品はヒップホップ界で大ヒットをした。氏は日本のラッパーAK-69や違うジャンルのアーティストをアジア各地でプロデュースしている。

東京で氏とランチをした際自分は典型的ウエストLA人だと言っていた。戦前氏の祖父はもとセーフアンドセーヴのあったあたりの土地を所有していた。子供時代はソーテル協会の日本語学校やボーイスカウト、合気道に通った。家族は仏教会に属しにアメリカンジャパニーズコミュニティの活動に参加した。子供時代ソーテル道りの店の人達を皆知っていてお店の裏口から入ってゆき日本語学校をさぼったりもした思い出もある。

最近クレッグはソーテルジャパンタウンへは戻ってないが 次回戻った時にはその変化に驚くだろくだろう。。

Giant Robot Biennale 4 Exhibit at Japanese American National Museum

October 5, 2015

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Sawtelle Japantown’s Giant Robot and GR2 owner Eric Nakamura curates the Biennale 4 Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum.  The exhibit runs from October 11, 2015 to January 24, 2016 with a kick off party this Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information on Eric and GR2, check out our prior post here.

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.