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National Japanese American Museum, Little Tokyo, and Daikokuya

January 16, 2011

I believe its important to stimulate the mind as well as fill the tummy, which is why D and I made a trip to the National Japanese American Museum.  The architecture of the building is quite beautiful, and I had always noticed it while driving by.  I highly recommend visiting this museum if you’re ever in LA.  Although I had read about the Japanese Internment Camps at school, it was another experience entirely to read the personal stories and look at the actual objects that belonged to those that were in the internment camps.  It was a visit that left me with many mixed emotions and contemplative thoughts.

Of course, we couldn’t visit Little Tokyo without walking around the shops and eating the food.  In addition to picking up a few snacks from the Japanese Village Plaza (which we had previously visited here), we waited in line to eat at the famous Daikokuya Original Noodle and Rice Bowl restaurant.

D got a chicken and curry bun from a bakery in the Japanese Village Plaza :)

There are always a slew of people waiting outside, as this place is very famous for its delicious noodles.  We waited a good 20 min, but it was worth it!

I went with the Tuna Sashimi Combo – you get a bowl of Tuna Sashimi and rice, along with a bowl of their famous ramen. Good deal!  They start you off with a cabbage salad.  So. Good! The sauce was slightly ginger-y (but not too overwhelming) and very light.

My tuna Sashimi

D got a combo with sliced pork

And finally…the RAMEN!

See the waiter running around in the background?  It was packed and so busy!

A good way to end a captivating day. :)

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