History

Sawtelle Japantown sign that will be placed in 2  places on Sawtelle Blvd. at both Olympic and Santa Monica Blvds.

Sawtelle Japantown sign that will be placed in 2 places on Sawtelle Blvd. at both Olympic and Santa Monica Blvds.

 

In the late 1890s, due to discrimination covenants against persons of Japanese descent, some first generation Japanese were forced to settle in West Los Angeles near Sawtelle, which, unlike other areas in California, allowed persons of Japanese descent to buy real estate in the area. Many Japanese American owned businesses, cultural and religious organizations settled in this area and a Japanese American community thrived.

Informally known as “Little Osaka” for many years, the Japanese-American community lobbied to officially name an area of West Los Angeles as  “Sawtelle Japantown” which would accurately reflect the historic culture of the Japanese immigrant community.

On February 25, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved the boundary consisting of Santa Monica Boulevard to the north, Pico Boulevard to the south, Centinela Avenue to the west and
the 405 freeway to the east as “Sawtelle Japantown” with whole hearted support from local leaders and the community. There will be “Sawtelle Japantown” signs on Sawtelle in the coming months.

 Sawtelle Japantown 命名について

1890年後半日本人子孫に対する差別の法律により 一部の日系人一世世代は当時でも不動産購入が可能だったWest Los Angeles Sawtelle 付近に不動産を購入し商売を始めた。文化団体や宗教団体もこの地に根をおろしコミニュテイは繁盛した。

長い間リトル大阪の愛称で呼ばれてきたが 地元の人々は長年議会に対しWest Los Angeles のこの地区を歴史、文化を踏まえたうえでSawtelle Japantownと呼ぶのにふさわしいと働きかけてきた。

2015年2月25日ロサンゼルス市議会は全員一致でSanta Monica Boulevardの北側からPico Boulevardの南側又Centinela Avenueの西側から405フリーウエイの東側に囲まれた範囲をSawtelle Japantownと正式に命名した。この決定は地元民より心から支持をうけた。近日Sawtelleの路上にSawtelle Japantownの標識がお目見えします。お見逃しなく!

For more information on the historic naming of Sawtelle Japantown, go to:

http://www.rafu.com/2015/02/sawtelle-gets-official-japantown-designation/

http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2015/03/in_the_sawtelle_district.php

The application submitted to the Los Angeles City Council to rename Sawtelle Japantown can be found here:

http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2014/14-1686_rpt_en_2-17-15x.PDF

The Los Angeles City Council Meeting Video can be found here:

https://vimeo.com/120655908

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