Japan’s cool trumps L.A’s, apparently…

From food to fashion to music, Los Angeles is seeing a wave of Japanese culture like never before — according to a recent cover story from the L.A. Times.

Southern California is arguably the epicenter of Japanese cool in America, with three major hubs of restaurants, bars and shops in Torrance and Gardena, West L.A. and the Sawtelle corridor, and downtown’s Little Tokyo. And just about everywhere you look, it seems another Famima!! or Beard Papa is springing up.

Are we to expect an influx of sukiyaki restaurants and high-end izakayas that Vancouver is currently enjoying? However, the article doesn’t exactly make Southern California sound like a haven for ramen noodles (cited as being “either a little bit watery or too soy-based”)… yet.

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