The 2012 reunion of present and former residents of Sawtelle, West Los Angeles, is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall of West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple, 2003 Corinth Ave.

Issei pioneer Riichi Ishioka purchased a city block on Sawtelle Boulevard in the late 1920s and built Kobayakawa Boarding House into a successful enterprise. Ishioka was one the first to reopen for business after the war. The business was closed in the mid-1970s and the property was sold to developers, who built a multi-story office complex. (

The event is a follow-up to the first reunion in January 2010, which many missed. This is an opportunity to connect with persons who have some relation to Sawtelle, West Los Angeles’ Japantown.

Those wanting transportation are asked to contact Lori Hayashi, chair of the Transportation Committee, at

Ample parking is available at the temple (enter on LaGrange Street).

Registration includes a charge. Details are available from Norman Sakamoto,

Join the several who have indicated that they will come from the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast to attend the event.

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