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No matter what part of Los Angeles you are visiting, there's wonderful Japanese food to be found. Perhaps that is because it is the first stop for Japanese chefs immigrating to America from their homeland, or maybe it springs from the deeply rooted Japanese-American community that has been a part of the City of Angels for generations. Whatever the reason, excellent Japanese fare can be found all over the Southern California Los Angeles basin, from those places that are literally overlooking the ocean (think Nobu Malibu) to restaurants built on the side of the mountains (Yamashiro in the Hollywood Hills) and the ones located in the heart of Little Tokyo, too (Daikokuya), which is situated in the downtown area and has existed there since the 1880s. Another famed corridor of Japanese excellence is along Sawtelle Boulevard in West L.A. That area has long been known as Little Osaka and it features restaurants that offer everything from sushi to shabu shabu to dumplings to yakitori (grilled skewered meats) and even ramen noodles. But regardless of where you live, work or go to play in Los Angeles, there's sure to be a Japanese place nearby, for it is one of the most popular cuisines served up in this city where ethnic restaurants abound.