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Tony Osumi
Home is Little Tokyo

Project Area:  Little Tokyo
Project:  Little Tokyo Service Center Mural Project
Project Location:  632 E. 1st Street
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated


Titled "Home is Little Tokyo," this 16 x 40 foot mural combines images from Little Tokyo’s 110+-year history into a festive scene complete with hanging lanterns and odori dancing.  The mural includes images from Nisei Week, 1970’s redevelopment struggles, the Redress Movement, and the Little Tokyo Recreation Center campaign to name a few.  Along with welcoming visitors and beautifying the area, the mural captures and passes on Little Tokyo’s rich history.  In total, nearly 500 individuals, groups and organizations took part in the planning, painting and behind-the-scenes work for Home is Little Tokyo.  Osumi’s goal for the project was not only to paint a mural, but also build a sense of community and self-determination.
Home is Little Tokyo Mural

Artist Profile

Artist Tony Osumi, was born and raised in West Los Angeles.  Influenced by Chicano murals and Asian American Movement artists, Osumi seeks to combine visual arts with social issues and community organizing.  He has designed images, buttons, and noisemakers for numerous rallies, protests and labor and community campaigns.  Additionally, he designed and painted murals in Los Angeles, UC Riverside and Detroit.  Along with visual art, he has published articles, poems and folktales.  Osumi received his BA in Art from CSU Northridge and his MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA.  Currently, Osumi teaches high school and resides in Culver City.