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Established in 1979, Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is a social service and community development organization that improves the lives of individuals and families and promotes the rich heritage of Southern California’s ethnic communities.


Over 6000 clients served in 2016


Affordable housing units complete


Languages spoken by LTSC social workers


Girl's basketball event by terasaki budokan

Terasaki Budokan

LTSC is working to bring a decades-old community dream to LA’s Little Tokyo—a multipurpose sports and community center.

Far East Lounge

The Far East Lounge is a Little Tokyo gathering space for seniors and others to connect and enjoy activities that promote wellness.

Guests of FEL taking a picture for Little tokyo service center
Little Tokyo service center visiting +LAB Exhibit


Through the +LAB initiative, LTSC teams up with artists and arts institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community.


The First Street North block of Little Tokyo is a critical part of the past and future of our historic neighborhood.


If you’ve been to events in Little Tokyo, it’s likely that you’ve experienced the thrill of Walter Nishinaka and Maceo Hernandez’s taiko performances. Whether they’re performing with East LA Taiko or the J-Town Taiko Club, it’s hard to forget the booming beat of their drums.Both Walter and Maceo have dedicated their lives to the art of taiko, playing since their youth. Now, they hope to pass on their love for taiko to the next generation of drummers through the J-Town Taiko Club, a performance group that meets weekly at Terasaki Budokan. “It’s our passion. If we can bring our love and our passion for taiko and pass it on to someone else, we’ve done our job,” said Walter. “We’ve had people that are currently in other taiko clubs, that were in taiko clubs, and some who have never drummed at all. It’s open to all ages and there’s no skill level necessary,” explained Maceo.Classes started last year following the long-awaited opening of the Terasaki Budokan facility. When classes started, they were an immediate hit within the community and slots filled up quickly. A second session had to be added to meet the demand. “Mike Murase had this vision for Budokan years ago and along the way, he reached out to me about doing taiko here once it opened up. So I’ve been waiting all these years,” Maceo told us. “It’s really nice that we finally have this facility where we can have a group and produce quality taiko.” Inclusive programs like the J-Town Taiko Club truly make Budokan a “home court for all” and help achieve Budokan’s mission of sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture. “LA is a melting pot of culture. We have different lifestyles and different backgrounds, so having a community taiko group here in a community center like Budokan, it needs to be open to all of us,” explained Walter.J-Town Taiko Club meets on Tuesday evenings in Terasaki Budokan’s community room. J-Town Taiko Youth Club, a session for youth ages 6-13, meets on Saturdays. To learn more about the program and register for classes, visit: give.ltsc.org/event/j-town-taiko-club/e356693 ... See MoreSee Less
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