Tokio Florist/Sakai-Kozawa Residence
Tokio Florist/Sakai-Kozawa Residence is located at 2718 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake. The home and grounds are significant for their association with the Sakai-Kozawa family and their longtime floral business, Tokio Florist, which operated at this location from 1960 to 2006.
In December 2018, the property was listed for sale, leaving its future uncertain.
Tokio Florist/Sakai-Kozawa Residence is exemplary as a longstanding Japanese American-owned business in Los Angeles. The business endured for 78 years with a few years break in operation due the forced removal and incarceration of the Sakai family during World War II.
In 2014, SurveyLA identified Tokio Florist/Sakai-Kozawa Residence as potentially eligible for listing as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) as the long-time location of a flower shop with a significant association to the commercial identity of Silver Lake and for reflecting the Japanese American presence in Silver Lake. In 2018, SurveyLA's Asian American Historic Context Statement affirmed earlier findings.
Potential for lot subdivision, demolition, and/or major alterations to the character-defining features of the property, are among some of the challenges facing the Tokio Florist/Sakai-Kozawa Residence.
Among the last remaining material and contextual markers of the flower farms and flower shops and stands that dotted the Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Atwater neighborhoods, this property narrates a history of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles that has rare representation.