"All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray, I've been for a walk on a winter's day...."
Iconic lyrics from The Mamas and Papas' "California Dreaming." The Mamas and Papas, as well as many other world famous bands saw their start in this very city, Los Angeles. Even now, you can hear live music fairly easily.
Los Angeles is one of the world's leading entertainment cities. With award ceremonies like the Golden Globe, and some of the greatest actors, actresses and singers of the century, the splendor of Hollywood is encapulsated in this town. LA is also host to many events and parades throughout the year.
Los Angeles is the city with the largest population, not only in California, but in the United States of America. As far as sports go, they've got the famous Dodgers for baseball, the Lakers and the Clippers for basketball, and the Kings for hockey. Next to the downtown Staples Center is the LA Live district, an entertainment complex with hotels, restaurants, events and concerts.
In addition to a Metro Subway and bus service, there are currently plans to introduce a train system to Los Angeles. Los Angeles is eager to separate themselves from the image of a car-centric society, much like New York. Everyone is eagerly waiting the day when commuting by train becomes a possibility.
The weather is sunny year round with a low humidity index, and virtually no rain. Afternoons are refreshingly pleasant, with most of the citizens of Los Angeles opting to spend their weekends on the beach as a way to relieve stress.
The mornings and nights are, even in Summer, a bit chilly. There are times that call for a jacket, but for the most part, it is a very pleasant area to live, climate-wise.
Because of the number of immigrants flocking to Los Angeles, there are a large variety of restaurants and markets from different cultures in the area. Chinatown, Korea Town, Thai-town, Little Saigon, Little Tokyo, Ethiopia Town, and the ubiquitous Mexican restaurants can all be seen in Los Angeles. The ability to sample the cuisine from various cultures is one of the benefits of living in the city. Because of the recent "ramen boom", many ramen restaurants travel from overseas to open shop in Los Angeles.
Longbeach is the fifth-busiest port in the world, and most significant port in the western hemisphere, with a thriving logistics and import industry. Because of this, many Japanese companies are operating in the Long Beach/Port of Los Angeles area. Los Angeles is also the leader in Japanese supermarkets and restaurants in America.