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A view at the Little Tokyo plaza

A view at the Little Tokyo plaza

Ana Amaya

Ana Amaya

A view at the Little Tokyo plaza

Ana Amaya, Features Editor

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On Saturday, May 6, the anime club explored the historic district of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles to enhance their awareness of Japanese culture.

After experiencing complications last year, the club president, Nathan Estrada,  planned for the club’s field trip.

Through the course of the day, members visited Koyasan Buddhist Temple, the Japanese American National Museum, the Ellison Onizuka monument, and shops surrounding the premises of the district.

At Koyasan Buddhist Temple, attendees learned about the three ideas of practice that the Buddhist religion follows, acquired knowledge about the Buddhist crest symbols, and were told that anything and anyone could be Buddha and were amiably ordered to “Become the Buddha.”  

Junior and attendee Camille Mckenna remarked, “I enjoyed going to the Japanese Buddhist temple because it was very interesting. I learned a lot about the religion and its teachings.”

After praying for a wish at the temple, the day was continued at the Japanese American National Museum. The museum focuses its historical attention on World War II and the Japanese American genocide during that time period. The students were allowed to experience this period of hardship through the viewing of videos and the information that was displayed in an artistic manner around the museum.

Junior Katera Lee said, “I think it’s important for anyone to learn about Japanese culture, in general. It helps us understand [Japanese] impact in American society and learn about their role in American history.”

The rest of the day was spent at the plaza and enjoying Japanese food and having good laughs with friends. Before leaving the district, members visited the Ellison Onizuka monument and did some more shopping.

Anime President Nathan Estrada commented, “It’s nice to experience new things and the Little Tokyo field trip allows me to bring [members] to these places.”
Despite it being a cloudy day in Los Angeles, anime members and attendees had a pleasant time eating noodles, buying Japanese snacks, and learning about the Japanese culture in America. In a sense, all attendees became the Buddha.

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