Hansei is Chris Ono's debut concept presented by the historic Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC). Hansei, meaning self-reflection, Ono explores his roots as a fourth generation Japanese American to champion the cuisine and culture of Los Angeles' Nikkei community. At Hansei, Ono brings years of kitchen experience from Michelin starred restaurants across the globe with each dish constructed on a Japanese philosophy adding a personal and contemporary touch that reflects growing up in Los Angeles. A beverage program centers around premium sake with wines from California-based Japanese American winemakers, and locally-crafted beer. Hansei’s three-part dining experience transitions courses throughout the center’s breathtaking new Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Center and historic James Irvine Japanese Garden, a tranquil oasis hidden in the middle of Little Tokyo.
As a native Angeleno and fourth-generation Japanese American, the role of Chef at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is an opportunity for Ono to reconnect with his roots and support Japanese American culture and community through a celebration of LA Nikkei cuisine. Ono, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, CA, embarked on a Michelin-star studded journey at an early age, beginning most notably with a position at Morihiro Onodera’s Mori Sushi in Los Angeles, RyuGin in Tokyo and Eleven Madison Park in New York. In 2022, Ono accepted a position as chef-in-residency with the JACCC to spearhead the inaugural chef-in-residency program at the JACCC's new Toshio Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center. For Ono, returning to his roots was a personal decision to reconnect with his heritage and preserve Japanese culture in honor of the Nikkei community.
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244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Joe’s Auto Parks/Sho Tokyo Garage
Adjacent to JACCC/Aratani Theatre
Cost: $15 (subject to change based on local events)
350 E. 2nd Street, L.A. 90012