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Los Angeles, California

Secret Japanese Village

Step inside the private collection of fashion designer Peter Lai.

There is a Japanese Village in Downtown L.A., a secret world created by fashion designer Peter Lai. Dolls, kimonos, extravagant costumes, antiques, ceramics, lanterns, scrolls, and other objects have been organized into a temple, theater, tea room, and doll shop.

Join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we explore this private collection of Japanese treasures gathered by Lai over the past several decades.

**Note that there are 3 different tour start times.**
10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Sold Out
11:30 a.m. — 1 p.m. Sold Out
1 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.  Just added!


  • This event is for adults only, 18 and up.
  • Secret location! Meet outside the Valero Gas Station: 500 S Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013
  • Because this is a very small space, backpacks and large purses are NOT allowed. Please leave them in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Many of the items you will see are also for sale, cash only.
  • Bring your cameras for an amazing photo opp!


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