Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Shinyodo Gift

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Shinyodo Kimono & Japanese Gift is located along the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector in the historic Japanese Village Plaza. Established in 1987 by owner Jason Lee, Shinyodo Gift offers Japanese themed gifts such as traditional tea sets, metal and porcelain chopsticks, clothing, charms, samurai swords, fine cutlery and more.

Mr. Lee has managed and operated Shinyodo Gift since its inception. He originally opened Shinyodo Gift because of the popularity of Little Tokyo as a tourist destination and saw the opportunity to capitalize on the sale of small affordable Japanese gifts. Mr. Lee utilizes the front outside area of his store to display various Japanese items and attract customers to browse the various other items in his shop.

Shinyodo Gift, like other stores in the plaza, was impacted by previous construction activity along 2nd Street. During that time, the construction activity caused a decline in overall foot traffic due to street closures, k-rail, and fencing. Mr. Lee stated, “We’re looking forward to the completion of the Regional Connector through Little Tokyo. We know that the new light rail will bring more tourists and business to Japanese Village Plaza. I’m grateful that the BIF was able to help us when we needed it.”

Shinyodo Gift is located at 119 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA  90012. Regular business hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call (213) 687-7080 or visit

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3. For more information about the BIF, visit  To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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