Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt partnered up with several restaurants in and around downtown Los Angeles to bring exclusive, themed meals and limited edition pins from each establishment. Here is Zip Izakaya’s contribution to the Hunt! Photos after the break…
Metro’s CicLAvia | Heart of LA event is happening today from 9am to 4pm. This photo was taken around 11 this morning. The path, which can be viewed here, takes cyclists, skaters, and rollerbladers east-west from Echo Park to East Los Angeles Civic Center, and north-south from Chinatown to the Theater District. Based on my personal experience from attending this event only a few years ago, several Los Angeles streets are closed off from automobile and public transit access for a few hours for people to enjoy historic areas of downtown and surrounding districts. It’s fun whether hot or not, and today’s 90-degree weather just means riders need to protect themselves from the sun and hydrate more. Also, there are a variety of interesting musical pieces being played from some cyclists’ stereo systems for all to hear, ranging from 80s funk (Let it Whip sound familiar?) to today’s most interesting dubstep. Just now, I heard a drumline and looked out my window to find that there was a small band of five drummers on a wooden platform being hauled across the street.
I didn’t attend today’s festivities despite living here in downtown, mostly because I reserved this day to take care of much needed errands. However, Metro is indeed having one more even later in the year that I might attend if I get myself a road bike by then. I’ve always wanted to attend one of these events in full gear (no pun intended). If not South LA, then there would be no doubt Metro would return CicLAvia to the heart of downtown once more while I still live here.
Rise. Every time I’m in downtown Los Angeles, I’m reminded of some of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and his overarching theme for the franchise. Paralleling my own personal adventure through the past seven months of ups and downs, I find myself back on this blog and slowly coming to terms with my past; seeing opportunities for success grow stronger and farther reaching than the pitfalls I faced. Well, I’m back. Again. And here we are, at what I probably do best at with my photography. Seeing the masses, tents, and trucks lined up along the backdrop of a city I love so much and watching life pace itself naturally through the ebb and flow of time, I’m back on the streets with my camera to capture what I can.
I’m still picking away at the photos, so here are some teasers until (hopefully) tomorrow of the second day of festivities. Starting with the last display of cultural exhibition I witnessed before the festival ended, here’s a rather exhilarating look at Shinkendo – Japanese swordplay. The weapons used at first were wooden swords called ‘bokken’, and they are primarily used in practice.
I’m sure with enough force, you can whack someone pretty hard with a bokken and do some considerable damage!
Ah yes, another trip back to Little Tokyo is what I’ve been needing. The weather was more on the cold side than usual, but it was manageable. This week’s Focal Point showcases a small sample of the well-known streets, plazas, and gardens featured in Little Tokyo, as well as a look into the foot traffic on a Saturday such as when these photos were shot.
The above image was taken on the corner of 2nd and San Pedro, overlooking Weller Court. I usually like to visit Kinokuniya, Marukai, and the Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens when I’m there. Also, underground parking is usually around $8 and is very secure. If you need cover parking and will be staying a few hours in the area, it’s a good place to park.