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About Us

JapanLA is a unique retail shop that caters to adults who love “kawaii” or “cute” character goods. We carry toys, gifts, apparel, accessories, art, and more, all inspired by Japanese and Los Angeles Pop Culture. Jamie Rivadeneira started the store, in 2006. Many items are imported from Japan!

JapanLA is a clothing brand! We manufacture official licensed clothing from brands like Sanrio, San-X, tokidoki, and Artist collaborations. There is a gallery space in the back of the store, showcasing the best in cute art from all over the world. We also feature special Pop-Up shops with local brands and brands from Japan.

JapanLA is a lifestyle brand. We curate theme parties and art shows, including the most recent Hello Kitty Exhibition Art Show, at the Japanese American National Museum, in L.A.

JapanLA encourages people of all ages to embrace their love of cute things and share it with friends! Join the Cute Culture!



7320 ½ Melrose Ave. (don’t type the ½ in your GPS)

Los Angeles, CA 90046

(We are between Fuller & Poinsettia, about 5 blocks West of La Brea.)




Phone: (323) 934-5201




Monday - Friday: 11:30am – 7:30pm

Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Closed: January 1st, July 4th, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas



There is free 2 hour parking around the corner on Fuller. Do not park there more than 2 hours or the meter people will give you a ticket. Monday and Tuesday are street cleaning days, so be mindful of the signs. There are also meters in front of JapanLA on Melrose Ave. If you want to stay for a long time and walk around Melrose, park 1 block South of Melrose on Clinton, but please check the signs, some streets you can only park for 2 hours. It is no longer free to park at the meters on Sundays. You have to pay the meter that day too. There is plenty of parking, just read the signs or ask us.