Takachizu, from the Japanese words Takara (treasure) + Chizu (map), is a community archive that identifies and reflects on that which is most valuable, celebrated, and in need of protection in Little Tokyo.

For months, we gathered treasures of Little Tokyo at our Takachizu site, 249 South Los Angeles Street, the future home of Budokan.

Takachizu, is a project of Sustainable Little Tokyo initiated by +LAB, LTSC’s creative community development strategy utilizing collaboration and experimentation to advance Little Tokyo's power over its future.

Takachizu serves two functions, to gather and to activate:

  • as a temporary exhibition, it is a gathering space for community history, values, culture, and people.
  • as a launch for +LAB, an on-going effort to activate experimental and creative community development projects grounded in what and who is gathered.

Types of things that can happen at Takachizu and through +LAB:

  • scanning and archiving parties
  • wikipedia-athons
  • skillshare workshops
  • oral histories / writing workshops
  • panel discussions & readings
  • community calendar development
  • screenings from the Visual Communications Vault
  • traditional Japanese arts demonstrations/workshops
  • community development visioning sessions
  • community projects / artists works in progress
  • Pecha Kuchas / multi-media presentations