Los Angeles

Summary of Los Angeles

Located in southern California, Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States, after New York. Its present name derives from the initial name given by a Spanish governor who came to the country in the 18th century and taken from the Virgin Mary, "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula" (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula"). It started from a small village formed in 1781, and was incorporated as a municipality in 1850. It has now grown into an international economic and cultural city, with great development in the aerospace, electronics, and film and entertainment industries.

  • Hollywood sign
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Took office on July 1, 2013 and now serving a first term
Date of Affiliation April 1, 1959
Population About 3,880,000
Area About 1,215 km2
Time Difference with Japan -17 hours (-16 hours in summer)

Details of the Affiliation

After being approached by the Consulate of the United States in Nagoya about a sister city affiliation with an American city, the City of Nagoya chose to establish a sister city affiliation with the City of Los Angeles due to many similarities in the position and characteristics that Los Angeles held as the biggest commercial city in the West Coast and a big port city with excellent facilities. This sister city affiliation was the first such relationship for each city.

  • Los Angeles City Hall


Los Angeles City is located in Los Angeles County in the southern part of the State of California. "Los Angeles" commonly refers to the so-called Greater Los Angeles Area including the city's neighboring towns. It includes Downtown with its rows of skyscrapers, the movie capital Hollywood, Westside with its upper-class residential area and trendy shops, and the coastal town of Beach City. Also, the Downtown area hosts Little Tokyo, the biggest Japanese town in North America.


The founding ceremonies of the City of Los Angeles took place on September 4, 1781. After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, Los Angeles became a territory of Mexico. As a result of Mexico's defeat in the Mexican-American War (1846-48), California, including Los Angeles, was turned over to the United States.

The City of Los Angeles was incorporated on April 4, 1850. At that time, it had a population of merely 1,610. However, together with the gold rush, the success of orange cultivation, the discovery of oil fields, and the development of the film industry, Los Angeles evolved into a large metropolis.

  • Skyscrapers in Downtown


In Los Angeles, education is separated from regular local political administration, and educational administration is overseen by the Los Angeles Unified School District. This school district, the largest in the Los Angeles County and the second largest in the nation, enrolls a great number of students. The board members, representing each school district, are in charge of its operation. Additionally, there are many other pupils attending private and parochial schools. The higher education system includes such famous universities as the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC).

Culture and Sightseeing

Film is representative of Los Angeles culture, and every genre of music from classic to rock, as well as plays, ballet, opera, musicals, etc. make Los Angeles a city flowing with entertainment. Located in the suburbs of Los Angeles are the world famous Disneyland, Universal Studios and Knotts Berry Farm amusement parks that attract visitors from both the U.S. and abroad.

  • Chinese Theater

  • Universal Studios Hollywood

Los Angeles is enriched with museums and art museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center, and the Japanese American National Museum. The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in particular is a must-see for Japanese visitors, exhibiting the history of Japanese-Americans from the time when their ancestors started moving to the U.S. to the present.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Getty Center
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  • Japanese American National Museum


There are many professional sports teams based in Los Angeles. The most famous of these are the Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD) of the National League in Major League Baseball; the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA (National Basketball Association); and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL (National Hockey League). The Rose Bowl, one of the world's largest American football events, is held in nearby Pasadena each January, and the U.S. Open of Surfing is held in the summer, meaning that sports fans can enjoy numerous events year-round.

  • Dodger Stadium

  • Rose Bowl Stadium


Automobiles are the most common form of transport for residents of Los Angeles, which has a well developed network of freeways (toll-free expressways). Public transport consists of the Metro Bus (city-operated buses), DASH (mini buses), and the Metro Rail (subway), and these form important means of transport for non-drivers and tourists.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the largest airport on the west coast, boasts the most up-to-date facilities and is 20 minutes from downtown by car. This giant airport serves about 60 million passengers a year.

  • Metro Rail

  • Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles' Sister Cities: 25 cities

  • Nagoya(Japan)
  • Eilat(Israel)
  • Salvador(Brazil)
  • Bordeaux(France)
  • Berlin(Germany)
  • Lusaka(Zambia)
  • Mexico City(Mexico)
  • Busan(South Korea)
  • Aukland(New Zealand)
  • Tehran(Iran)
  • Mumbai(India)
  • Taipei(Taiwan)
  • Guangzhou(China)
  • Athens(Greece)
  • Vancouver(Canada)
  • Giza(Egypt)
  • St. Petersburg(Russia)
  • Jakarta(Indonesia)
  • Kaunas(Lithuania)
  • Makati(the Philippines)
  • Split(Croatia)
  • San Salvador(El Salvador)
  • Beirut(Lebanon)
  • Ischia(Italy)
  • Yerevan(Armenia)

Official Website of the City of Los Angeles
2010 National Census
Website of Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Website of Los Angeles Unified School District
Website of Los Angeles International Airport

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Nagoya Sister Cities Association
c/o International Relations Division, Tourism & Exchange Department Bureau of Tourism, Culture & Exchange , City of Nagoya
1-1, Sannomaru 3-chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-8508
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