Japanese Language School (Sawtelle Gakuin)

Sawtelle Gakuin is an independently-operated, nonprofit Japanese language school located at the Japanese Institute of Sawtelle.



The Japanese Institute of Sawtelle (JIS) hosts various programs related to Japanese American culture and heritage.


Oral Histories

The Evoluation of Sawtelle Oral History Project has conducted over 20 life history interviews of people who have experienced life in the Sawtelle area as it evolved from a small, neighborhood community into a thriving business district that is known today as “Sawtelle Japantown.”


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Japanese Institute of Sawtelle

The Japanese Institute of Sawtelle (JIS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community organization serving the Sawtelle area of West Los Angeles.