Little Tokyo Medallions Project

On October 4, 2012, Councilmember José Huizar (14thDistrict) joined the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District and members of the community for the unveiling of the Little Tokyo Medallions Project by Sonia Romero.

Photography by Raphael Cardenas

I used my family’s deep connection with folk art to relate to this project. By depicting these popular, traditional Japanese icons, I was able to honor the culture of Little Tokyo and Japan, and highlight my own dedication to craft. I love the way you can see the buildings, foliage and signage through my artwork. My view point is there, but it is woven into the already rich layers of the neighborhood. The medallions feature Little Tokyo’s chosen motif, the folded fan, as well as 3 traditional Japanese folk toys, the Daruma Doll, the Kokeshi Doll, and the Maneki Neko. – Sonia Romero

A project of the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District