Sometimes, for kicks, I just hop on the train.
Riding the train in a major metropolitan area is an important cultural experience. Not only do you see the town from an entirely new perspective, but you get the opportunity to truly sit back and take in the city.
This week’s journey was Little Tokyo. Nestled in downtown LA, Little Tokyo is a microcosm of Japanese culture. The food, the smells, and the shops can keep you engaged for hours.
But you know me, nothing was happening until I fed my belly. With ramen on my mind, I kinda popped into the first place I could find that didn’t have a line. It was My Ramen Bar, and it didn’t disappoint.
I ordered the vegetarian ramen, which was made with spinach noodles. All the other options had pork in some form or another, which I don’t eat.
After a full and happy belly, I journeyed through the little mall, poking into a few shops and really just taking in the experience.
It was surprisingly busy. The streets were full and most of the shops were difficult to navigate due to the sheer volume of people.
I did manage to happen upon a few gems though. I found a wishing tree.
And several stores with fun little doodads.
The best part was really just exploring the neighborhood. Hanging lanterns and music and all the different smells made for a really unique experience.
Overall a day very well spent, and I definitely plan to go back. There’s a few galleries and gardens that I didn’t get a chance to see. And you know I’ll be headed back for lunch sooner rather than later.