Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura


This film is only available to viewers in the United States from September 24, 2020 at 12pm PT to September 30, 2020 at 11:59PT. From October 1, 2020 at 12pm PT to October 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT, this film is only available to viewers in Southern California (excluding San Diego County). Click here to watch the film in Eventive.

On the corner of 1st Street and Alameda in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, the album cover-clad Atomic Cafe attracted punk rockers, musicians, and locals alike throughout the ’70s and ’80s. The heart and soul of the cafe was Atomic Nancy, the fun-loving, welcoming, and effortlessly cool owner of this restaurant known for its vibrant nightlife where everyone gathered with one goal in mind: to just have fun. — Mia Barnett

Director: Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura
Producer: Remy De La Peza, Tadashi Nakamura
Executive Producer: Evelyn Yoshimura, Grant Sunoo
Camera, Editor: Akira Boch

This film is an early project from Little Tokyo Service Center’s “creative placekeeping” work. Funded by ArtPlace America, this work is an effort to partner with artists and culture bearers to define, own, build, and sustain the Little Tokyo community. This project – which is a collaboration between creative practitioners and community developers demonstrates the power of owning and telling our own stories — especially during a time when physical spaces connected to those stories are being destroyed.

Little Tokyo Service Center is turning 40! Join their Virtual Anniversary Gala on October 10, 2020 at 6 pm PT as they celebrate their diverse programs, recognize what can be accomplished together, and share their vision that builds on 40 years of service. FREE! Register to attend, bid in their silent auction, and donate at:


Q&A—ATOMIC CAFE: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Join Nancy Sekizawa aka “Atomic Nancy,” her daughter and artist Zen Sekizawa, Remy De La Peza, and filmmakers Tadashi Nakamura and Akira Boch for a conversation in celebration of the Atomic Café.

Dates & Times

Wed, Sep 30
12:00 pm


Sun, Sep 27
2:00 pm