• Isamu Noguchi

    Japanese American Cultural and Community Center Plaza

    Seventy-nine years after Isamu Noguchi’s birth, his natal city, Los Angeles, dedicated its first public sculpture by its native son. Appropriately, Noguchi’s most recent plaza is situated in the center of “Little Tokyo,” positioned between the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, the James Irvine Japanese Garden (Seiryu-en), the Japan America Theater, and the still blighted opposite side of San Pedro Street. The one-acre plaza is more modest in size than the South Coast Plaza by Noguchi in Costa Mesa.

    After achieving the major concession of moving the theater from the center to the

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