LA’s Little Tokyo renames intersection as Rose Ochi Square

The intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo was dedicated on Tuesday, May 4, as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader.

Ochi’s widower, Tom Ochi, and lobbyist Darlene Kuba, who requested the intersection be dedicated in Ochi’s honor, joined City Councilman Kevin de Leon, who introduced the motion dedicating the square, in speaking at the ceremony.

“Rose Ochi, without a doubt, was an Angeleno and Japanese-American civil rights champion,” de Leon said. “While she passed away last year on December 13, 2020, her legacy is embedded in the history of our city as well as our state and our nation.”

Reverend Dr. Yoshi Tsuyuki performs a blessing during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon speaks during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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A sign designating the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Tom Ochi, Ochi’s widower, speaks during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Reverend Dr. Yoshi Tsuyuki waits to perform a blessing during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Tom Ochi, Ochi’s widower, left, City Councilman Kevin de Leon, center, and lobbyist Darlene Kuba unveil a sign during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon speaks during the dedication of the intersection of First and Judge John Aiso streets in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as Rose Ochi Square, honoring the pioneering Japanese American civic and civil rights leader, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Tom Ochi, Ochi’s widower, left, looks on as City Councilman Kevin de Leon …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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