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SOLD OUT! Tour of Evergreen Cemetery and Japanese Lunch at Otomisan

  • Sep 6, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) You must prepurchase your ticket BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

3) This is a two part event - we will go on the tour of Evergreen, then afterward have lunch at Otomisan.

3) To prepurchase your ticket, go here:

Tickets cost $15 per person

4) Bring about $25 in CA$H for lunch at Otomisan.

I have been wanting to visit Evergreen Cemetery for the longest time now, but have been putting it off. Evergreen is one of the oldest cemeteries in LA County and many of the first and founding families of LA are buried here. You will immediately recognize the family names on some of the tombstones because well known streets in LA have been named after them. Evergreen was also one of the few older cemeteries that allowed non White people to be buried there, so you will see tombstones of the various ethnic groups that once resided in the Boyle Heights area, including those of Japanese descent. So I figured it would compliment our tour if we ate at Otomisan, a very old Japanese restaurant in the heart of Boyle Heights. It was established around the time when a Japanese community was once prominent in the area. GF member Gary Idama recommended Otomisan to me. So come join me for a 1/2 day in Boyle Heights to learn more about LA's history and have a taste of it as well.

First Stop: Tour of Evergreen Cemetery

From the Atlas Obscura website:

"From grandiose mausoleums to gardens of remembrance to absurdly tall monuments, the deceased (and their families) go to great lengths to make sure visitors remember their lives and tell their stories. Here at Obscura Society LA, we are happy to oblige.

Evergreen Memorial Park in Boyle Heights is the quintessential Los Angeles cemetery, representing the true melting pot nature of our fair city.

Established on August 23rd, 1877, this memorial park and crematory holds the distinction for being LA's first official (and privately-owned) cemetery. 136 years later, the cemetery is still very active and acts as a living (rather dead) history lesson on how a small western Mexican town became the City of Angels we all know.

From war heroes to grocery store moguls, Evergreen is unlike any other place in Los Angeles.  

Join the head of the Obscura Society LA Matt Blitz as we explore and discover this amazing cemetery. Tales will be spun and graves will be found as Matt leads the group through this densely populated park.

Notes for this adventure:

- This tour will be about an hour and half long. Please wear comfortable shoes and protect yourself from the sun.

- Bring water. 

- Please be respectful of services and mourners that may be in the park while we tour.

- Street parking is available.

- Meet in front of the cemetery office. Tour will start promptly at 10 am.

- Bathrooms and water may not be available to us. Please come prepared.

- Part of the proceeds will be donated to the cemetery."

Second Stop: Lunch at Otomisan located at 2506 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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  • Daisy

    I have much respect for this cemetery because it was one of the first to accept the indigent and the Asian-American in Southern Calif.. Some of the old grave stones just had "scratched on with stick" memorials. It was a solemn and very thought provoking time for me. I went there w/friends.

    September 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have scheduling conflict. Have great time.

    August 28, 2014

  • Robert

    If you were not able to purchase a ticket, make sure you sign up for the Wait List in Atlas Obscura's online ticketing system. There's a good chance you might be added in as we get closer to the tour date.

    August 24, 2014

  • Daisy

    Hi Robert,

    I tried to buy ticket but put on waitlist.

    August 17, 2014

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