Posts Tagged ‘j-town’

And Frisco’s Highest-Rated Cake Bakery is Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop on Sutter at Buchanan – And Groove On Its Groovy Logo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This is heavy lift – garnering 4.5 Yelp stars at a bakery in the somewhat dreary, windswept Western Addition.

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Find it inside the Super Mira Market corner sto’

OMG, It Will Kill Us All! – $400 Pusheen Super Jumbo 41″ Plushie on Sale Now in J-Town – Remember, Christmas is Coming

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Presenting Pusheen:

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At Kinokiniya Bookstore:

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Mr. Miyagi 94115 – A Clean Machine in J-Town – Wax On, Wax Off

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

These people on Post in their 80(!) year old, concours-ready ride are from car-obsessed L.A., I’m guessing…

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It Turns Out that Skateboarding IS a Crime – This Sign in J-Town Tells Us So – But It’s Been Cleverly Defaced

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

See? The board icon has become a unibrow and the wheels have become eyes.

And a stickerer has covered over the NO in NO SKATEBOARDS.


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Did you know that people make up their own signs to fool the public into thinking that their official? People do.

(You know what other signs you can see in Japantown these days? “FOR LEASE” signs. Oh well.)

OMG, the Newish Daiso Japanese Dollar Store at Post and Buchanan is Huge – It’s Totally Out of Control

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I’m probably passing by the bustling two-year-old Daiso store on relatively flat Post Street like twenty times a week and yet I had no idea it was there until just recently.

(The reason being is that this Daiso is hiding in one of those horrible 60’s-style, earthquake-unsafe, concrete mini-malls* that make J-Town look like a ghost town, like the Land of Wind and Ghosts, even though sometimes Japantown has a lot of foot traffic in some of its stores.)

Anyway, the Yelpers think that this outlet is small, but I think it’s huge. You should get over there just for the laughs. I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll enjoy seeing (even if you don’t buy anything).

So, go to that horrible concrete tower** what symbolizes Japantown and then head across that horrible concrete plaza towards downtown and you’ll bump right into it. (I think there’s a new sign that says “East Mall” or something – right there.

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22 Peace Plz
Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94115


* They Should All Be Destroyed. And hey, thanks San Francisco Redevelopment Agency! What’s this you say? You eliminated “blight” in the Western A? Hellooooo, R.A.? You is blight. You are the #1 blight producer in the 415! Veritably, you are the melon-farming C&C Blight Factory. A little self-awareness would help. Hey, why not have a ceremony and apologize to everybody about what you’ve been doing in the Fillmore the past half-century plus? All right, Go Forth and Sin No More.

**Actually, it’s somewhat historically accurate (I think it’s inspired from similar towers in the Nara region) to the shock of most Japanese, who consider it something Chinese, or something, just anything but Japanese-style.

1865 Post in J-Town: From Yelp-Fraudulent “Kabuki Kitchen” to “Sundance Kitchen” to Nothing in a Few Short Years

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

First, it was all like this, the Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post near Fillmore, where a little five-star Yelp Fraud didn’t have the intended effect:

So then it was all like this, with a new name and menu for Bob Redford’s joint right next to the Sundance Kabuki movie theatre:

But now it’s all like this, all closed up:

Oh well.

Hey, maybe if Japantown hadn’t chased away so many tenants all these years there’d be a critical mass of foot traffic?

Maybe. Storefronts on Post what were empty in 2005 are still empty in 2011.

The whole place looks like a ghost town (a cold, 1960’s-style 100% cement ghost town) at night, pretty much. (Concrete and clay and general decay…)

Oh well.

Sunday Streets Western Addition to Run From Fell-Masonic to JapanTown on Sept. 19th

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Word comes from the Pedestrianist about this draft map of the upcoming Sunday Streets in the Western Addition. But a new map could be coming soon.

See? That would be a lot of territory to cover, and parts of it would be quite hilly indeed. The pass over Alamo Heights is at McAllister and Divisidero (which is why the Snickerdoodle bike path is there), but I guess they don’t want to shut down Divis.

Anyway, at the very least, this is one of the proposals. I’ll tell you, a lot of fixie riders will not be able to handle this part of Golden Gate Avenue – going up (lack of gearing) and going down (lack of brakes).

Suffice to say this will be the territory covered, mas o menos. Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you, as I was unaware of any map at all.

(Look forward to a revised map. I’d be shocked if this version gets green-lighted)

Why Does Narrow Webster Street Widen into a Boulevard for Just 11 Blocks?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

You all know Webster Street, right? It’s Fillmore’s little buddy, taking people from Market Street north all the way up to our mismanaged Marina Yacht Harbor.

But take a look here to see what happens after it crosses Hayes Street. It turns into boulevard for some odd reason, for some 11 blocks, only to shrink back down again into a regular street at the intersection at Bush.

Looking north. The traffic heading up this street, (like the silver SUV) needs to jog right to get on the other side of the very wide median See that? It’s goes parking lane, bike lane, slow lane, fast lane, huge median, fast lane, slow lane, bike lane, and then another parking lane:


Here’s a bird’s-eye view. From Grove to Bush, from the Western Addition to “Little Osaka” (the cartographers’ favorite term for what people actually call Japantown in real life) it’s an unbusy boulevard, for an only-Gaia-knows-why purpose:

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I cry foul.

Here’s a modest proposal – why not de-boulevard (v.t.) Webster by getting rid of the useless treed-up median and the twin northbound lanes for the entire three-quarters of a mile? Would anybody miss the median and the extra lanes? I mean, Fillmore does the all the heavy lifting with traffic and buses and whatnot, right?

That would leave us with 200,000 square feet of space to do whatever we want with. What would you do with 3.5 football fields worth of space?

In Japantown, some people already want to shut down the northbound lanes for extra parking or for temporarily housing businesses displaced by planned seismic upgrades for buildings on Post Street. But why not just kill the whole boulevard now in one fell swoop?

(Poorly-designed Octavia Boulevard has the opposite problem of having too much stalled traffic idling away, blocking travelers journeying east and west. Oh well.)   

In conclusion:

 What do we want?

A de-boulevarded Webster Street!

When do we want it?


(Repeat as necessary.)

In San Francisco’s Japantown, Crane Horse Boat is Tsu-ru, U-ma, Fu-ne

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

You can learn a lot when you visit San Francisco’s Japantown

The Great Mall of Buchanan, at night:

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A Massive Lightning Strike Woke Up Central San Francisco this Morning – Power Outage

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Were you “jolted awake by a blinding white fireball that engulfed” your building this morning around 8:36 AM, Saturday 12, 2009? If so, you were not alone. And if you miss that kind of stuff, as world-famous Xeni Jardin does, then you’re not alone, again!

It sounded like an airplane crashing into the Fillmore Center, if you happened to be at the intersection of Geary and Divisidero as I happened to be. Was it a groundstrike into Hayes Valley or the Western Addition or (or the NoPA, oh no, not the NoPA!) or Pacific Heights?

Of course the Pigs Giraffes & Elephants at our local PG&E power monopoly were dealing with power outages earlier this morning, but some additional service was lost by this big strike. (“Saint Francis Woods,” like there’s more than one? Where do these writers live, freaking Walnut Creek?)  Utility workers should focus their attention on soggy Golden Gate Park to make sure that Alanis Morrissette can put on her show this afternoon at Power to the Peaceful.

Did a transformer get hit? We’ll find out soon enough. Power at Post and Webster was out this morning just after the Big Boom of 9-12-9, so the strike couldn’t have been too far away.

Courage people, courage.

[UPDATE: Jay Barmann at SFist has the scoop. Here’s the clap of thunder (craaaaaack!) and here’s the result via PDX503. That’s one less Audi, Chariot of the Yuppie, on the Streets of San Francisco.]

If only Megan Fox were here, to fix our transformer.

Oh, here she is, fixing the transformer of a 1976 Camaro in the movie Transformers:


Or maybe PG&E, perhaps they could help….

It was Miller Time at the scene of yesterday’s lightening strike after workers towed away the cars and patched things back up. Actually, strike that, the bolt darkened the ground so let’s call it a darkening strike.

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For all you do, this Miller Time is for you.