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Old January 11th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #1
darjeeling123
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Southern California, Nov & Jan (Part II)

Part II of my California picture thread. First, the Getty Villa!


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I would have loved to see a Greek play put on here..

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I don't know if it comes across as tacky in the photos, (and in conception, as a very artificial reconstruction of a representative Roman villa from 2000 years ago), but actually everything was very beautiful, and tastefully done.

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And then some Asian neighborhood diversity. Because it's so spread out, ethnic hoods are very different from what I'm used to in NY. LA Koreatown, and Torrance, are far more self-contained that the Korean and Japanese neighborhoods in NY. But that's interesting, in that when I go to an authentic Japanese restaurant in Manhattan, 80% of the customers are likely to be non-Japanese, whereas in the izakayas I went to in Torrance, the large majority of the customers were Japanese. Even though the Japanese populations of the two metros are roughly equal.

A mall in Koreatown

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A Japanese restaurant in Torrance. Looked really cool inside

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But it was located here

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Innocuously placed Hostess Bar, where one of my friends used to work

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This is essentially how the Japanese neighborhood is structured. Totally suburban. That being said, after at first being put off, I very soon got used to tooling around Torrance in my car, from place to place, past sometimes pretty, and rarely too ugly, suburbs and strip malls. Somehow, suburbs tend to look better driving by at 40 miles an hour, than stationary in a photo or on Google street view. And I soon got to the point where I felt like I was almost in a little Japanese town. Sure, structured far differently than the real Japan, but still, full of Japanese stuff and Japanese people whenever I parked and got out at one of the various Japanese pods. And since I hardly saw any people walking outside, I could keep the illusion much better than walking around NY's Midtown East or St Marks Place, where the Japanese business clustered are still overwhelmed by the huge majority of non-Japanese pedestrians on every street and ever corner.

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I went to the izakaya (Japanese pub) Torihei on the left in the photo. To be honest, for me, the food I had in LA and Southern California ran the gamut from slightly below what I would expect at similar places in NY, to horrible.

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Torihei inside

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Mitsuwa, a big Japanese supermarket/mall

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Little Tokyo on a rainy day. It's basically centered around a (60s era?) outdoor mall. Torrance is the real deal when it comes to Japanese stuff. With Sawtelle on the Westside as well.

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Westminster, a large Vietnamese area in Orange County (but near the LA county line I think)

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Santa Barbara!

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The main street, State Street, I think. A nice environment, but unfortunately full of uninteresting mall-type retail.

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An absolutely beautiful view from Santa Barbara City Hall, or some government building anyway.

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On to Santa Ynes wine country

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And flying out of LAX..

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The highrises of Wilshire Blvd in the distance

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The Malibu coast

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And Catalina Island

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Orange Country I think

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Old January 11th, 2012, 10:41 PM   #2
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What can i say... america is amazing
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