10 Years of J-Town Senior Connection (Far East Lounge) - Little Tokyo Service Center

10 Years of J-Town Senior Connection (Far East Lounge)

10 Years of J-Town Senior Connection (Far East Lounge)

Ten years ago, Little Tokyo Service Center recognized that the growing older adult population in Little Tokyo needed a community space of their own, a place to socialize and improve their minds and bodies.

In addressing this, the Far East Lounge was born, a gathering place for seniors located under the neon lights of the historic Chop Suey building.

Take a look at these standout stories from the past ten years of this impactful senior program, now located in Terasaki Budokan and renamed to “J-Town Senior Connection.”

2014

Far East Lounge Opens on First Street in Little Tokyo

The grand opening is held for the Far East Lounge on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. The lounge provides socialization and early intervention in ways that LTSC could not earlier provide through more traditional social services.

2017

a woman smiles in front of a tilting drawing desk with paper on it

From Epcot Center to Little Tokyo – Toshiko Mutoh’s Art

The first Japanese employee of Walt Disney, long since retired from art, finds a second wind through Far East Lounge’s art gallery.

2018

A bird made of blue origami paper

Little Tokyo Program Helps Seniors Escape Isolation

Through the simple activity of origami, a Japanese-American senior finds new friends and community of all ages.

2022

Two seniors wearing ping pong Halloween themed costumes

Age My Way

In the wake of COVID-19-induced isolation, three seniors share how they stay involved in their communities in their 70s and 80s.

2024

Smiling seniors play ping pong in a gymnasium

Little Tokyo Seniors Unite for Exercise and Friendship

Through exercise and English classes, seniors gather at the Terasaki Budokan multiple times a week to stay active and form meaningful friendships.

Have you had a chance to read our annual report yet?

We featured one of our JTSC volunteers Dani, who sat down with us to share her experience teaching a weekly stretch and sculpt class for our seniors.

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