2013 / Free workshop to write “Little Tokyo” stories with mystery writer Naomi Hirahara, Oct 12

Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) is offering a free walking tour and writing workshop on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the Little Tokyo branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 203 South Los Angeles Street.

Led by Little Tokyo tour guide Bill Shishima and writer Naomi Hirahara, this workshop is intended to assist participants in creating fictional short stories for the LTHS contest, “Imagine Little Tokyo.”

The first place winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 and the second place will be awarded $500.

The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story (maximum 2,500 words) that takes place in Little Tokyo. The story has to be fiction and depict the current, past or future of Little Tokyo as part of the City of Los Angeles, California.

Financial supporters of the contest include individual donors and the Sansei Legacy Fund.

The deadline is January 31, 2014.  The winning stories will appear in The Rafu Shimpo and a public award ceremony and readings are also planned in 2014. 

As space for the Oct. 12 workshop will be limited, please RSVP by e-mailing

ybwatanabe@gmail.com    For more information and guidelines, refer to the Little Tokyo Historical Society website,www.littletokyohs.org