The dedication ceremony for Frances Hashimoto Plaza will take place on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Organizers had earlier tentatively set the date for Oct. 1.

Frances Hashimoto (Rafu Shimpo photo)

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Jan Perry and Jose Huizar will be among the dignitaries at the ceremony, which is free of charge and open to the public.

By Los Angeles City Council proclamation, the plaza area located on East Second and Azusa streets (between the Pinkberry and Firefly stores) has been designated “Frances Hashimoto Plaza” in honor of Frances K. Hashimoto-Friedman. Throughout her life she has worked toward the betterment of Little Tokyo and the City of Los Angeles, carrying on a family tradition that began with the founding of her family’s business, Mikawaya Pastries, by her immigrant parents more than 100 years ago.

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