Posts Tagged ‘japan town’

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY: It’s ORIGAMI-PALOOZA 2014 in Japantown – SF’s Only Paper Party – June 22, 2014

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

All the deets, below.

(When I was a lad, we had origami cars - mostly  Celicas and Supras, and Cadillacs/ Lincolns too/ Mercuries/ and Subarus/ Oh, what a time! It was rapture.)

All the deets:

ORIGAMI-PALOOZA

Origami-Palooza: Join San Francisco’s Only Paper Party!
Japan Center Malls, June 22, 2014, 1-5pm

Anyone and everyone, from young to old, to beginner to experienced, can join us to create amazing things with paper. The inaugural Origami-Palooza will feature an exhibit with amazing origami, lots of tables with instructors to show you new folds for all ages, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall over the holidays and two hot contests that anyone can win with amazing prizes.

Lots of Activities:

  • Come see origami experts create amazing things with paper! Join in one of a dozen instruction tables, for folders of all levels
  • Contribute and fold cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall with Rainbow World Fund

Paper Air Plane Challenge in Japantown Peace Plaza

The Paper Airplane Challenge is a contest to see who makes the best paper airplanes in the Bay Area for some amazing prizes! We will award prizes to individuals in three categories: Under 8 Years Old, Between 8-13 Years old and 14 – 100. Each category will be judged on both distance and style. To enter into the Paper Airplane Challenge – apply at the Union Bank Community Room in the East Japan Center Malls between 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The Paper Airplane Challenge will be judged by local Origami Experts and Community leaders.

Origami Challenge in the Union Bank Community Room

Enter your best Origami creation to win amazing prizes. We will award prizes to individuals in three categories: Under 8 Years Old, Between 8-13 Years old and 14 – 100. Each category will be judged on both distance and style. To enter into the Origami Challenge – apply at the Union Bank Community Room in the East Japan Center Malls between 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The Origami Challenge will be judged by local Origami Experts and Community leaders.

Win $1000 in amazing prizes including gift certificates, lessons, books, paper and more!

For more information on the challenges contactinfo@japancentersf.com.

Hosted in Partnership with Paper Tree, Mountain Valley Paper Company and San Francisco Recreation and Parks.

When: 1:00-5:00 PM
Where: East Japan Center Mall
Cost: FREE”

Word on the Street: “I HEART OSAKA” – A Little Love for San Francisco’s Sister City in Japan – Kansai in the Hiz-ouse

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Just as America has its East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, Japan has its Kanto – Kansai rivalry, or Osaka vs. Tokyo, if you prefer.

Find out more about Japan’s third largest city over at the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association.

Actually, the Mayor of Osaka wanted to visit town last year, but San Francisco leaders like Rose Pak and Ed Lee didn’t cotton to that idea. It’s like, yeah, we can’t stop you from coming, but we’ll ignore you, we’ll pretend you don’t exist.*

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Anywho, San Francisco’s Japantown is officially Little Osaka, believe it or not.

Leave us hope for happier times down the road…

*Let’s see here, who has never-say-that-name, Voldemort status in official SF these days? Former District Five Supervisor Christina Olague certainly. As well Former District Five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Oh, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper – Rose Pak hasn’t even heard of that rag. And add to that Mayor Toru Hashimoto, which is fair enough. But Rose Pak and Ed Lee, try to think of people who do and say bad things in, I don’t know, the People’s Republic of China. And try to think of people who do and say bad things in, I don’t know, your very own local political faction, you know, the Willie Brown Gavin Newsom crowd. If you want.

Don’t Miss Today’s Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown – Free Festival Continues until 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

All the deets on the 39th Annual.

As it looked yesterday on Post Street:

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Webster Street Stage:

Sunday, August 5
11am Cherng Loon Lion Dance
Yet Another Hero
Noon The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
1:00 pm “Fun & Furry Pooch Doggy Contest”
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm GroovMekanex / Lil G and Morimoto
3:45 pm Tracy Cruz
5:00 pm Rendezvous

 Ho`olaule`a Stage:

11am Mishibana-kai San Francisco & Miwa-kai San Mateo (Japanese
Noon Karikatan Dance Company (Filipino Stick Dancing)
1:00 pm Mele Ohana (Ukulele)
2:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa (Hula)
3:00 pm Mango Kingz (Island Reggae)
4:00 pm Island Touch Band (Hawaiian Contemporary)
5:00 pm Moana (Hawaiian)

 See you there!

Not That This New Dentist’s Office in Japantown Isn’t Fine, But a Starbucks Would Have Been Much Better

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

[This is a post within a post within a post, Inception-style - you'll be able to follow along, I'm sure. And since we're talking about the aughts, leave us remember nobody ever had 5500 signatures opposing the Starbucks proposal back around 2004-2005. I guess it's always O.K. to lie if you know you're on the correct side of an argument, or something.]

The rising tide that is the Starbucks Effect, that would have lifted all boats in Japantown, didn’t roll in a half-decade back, so this large space at Post and Webster has been unused since then.

Oh well.

Deets below.

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Here’s how things looked five months ago:

Well, new evidence closes the books on this one – the former Japantown Bowl location will soon host a dental office on its first floor.

So, the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts that is San Francisco Japantown will remain the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts at least for a little while longer. [Cue tumbleweeds.] Maybe things will change in J-Town when potential condo buyers get in the mood to spend $100,000 extra on neighborhood impact fees the way they were before the real estate crash.

And then we’ll be able to afford to undue the mistakes of Redevelopment. Maybe in a year or two or five or ten…

Oh well:

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All the deets:

Now I’ll tell you, Japantown would have been better off over the years if the Japantown Bowl had stayed the Japantown Bowl. (‘Cause bowling’s back, baby! Or something.) Anyway, what we got instead at 1600 Webster at Post was a bunch of condos up top with shuttered retail space below.

Back about six years ago, Starbucks was willing to come in and boy, man, that would have been great for Japantown. But the preservationists weren’t having it, oh no. Not at all. So what we got was about a decade of zero (0) tenants at the ground level on the northeast corner of Post and Webster. Oh well.

(I don’t drink the Starbucks myself, but S’Bucks isn’t about coffee, so the location of nearby cafes hidden up in the malls (concrete and clay and general decay and oh yes, not earthquake safe) don’t matter. You missed the point, people. It’s not Starbucks, it’s the Starbucks Effect – that’s what you needed and it’s what you still need.)

But now, the times they are a changing. Take a peek at the construction going on now and you’ll say, “Gee, it looks like it’s going to be a dentist office.”

Check it:

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Well guess what. It very well could be a dental office. This is from a couple years back but it’s the best I can do:

“22-Dec Tenant improvements for New Dental San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C 916-772-4192 Dr. Nataly Viderman, DDS  0685-055 San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C Office…$240,000″

No matter, whatever goes in isn’t going to make J-Town look less like a ghost town on those cold, windblown Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights.

How to make a Concrete Ghost Town: Redevelopment + Mindless, Doctrinaire Preservationism.

(And the funny thing is that Japanese people looooooove Starbucks – they just can’t get enough)

Is that what you want, a dentist’s office? O.K. fine.

J-POP Summit Festival 2011 a Huge Success Today – Continues Tomorrow, Sunday August 28th, 11:00 to 6:00 PM

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Well, it’s time for another J-POP Summit Festival in Japantown:

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The whole place looks like one big Gwen Stefani video.

So grab your bunny and get over there:

Say hi to Ross Mirkarimi, District 5 Supervisor and candidate for Sheriff:

But don’t overdo it:

Everybody’s waiting for you:

See you there!

OMG, It’s Time for the 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sat-Sun, August 13-14, 2011, 11AM – 6PM

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair will be just like last year’s except with better weather, it looks like.

See you there!

Via David Yu – click to expand

And don’t forget about the Food Fest! The sponsors this year:

Asian American Recovery Services (AARS)
Adam’s Grub Truck
API Legal Outreach
Bimi Foods
Bombzie’s BBQ
Community Youth Center SF (CYC)
Ear Good Corn Roast
Got Plate Lunch
Jane’s Fresh Icy Boba
Kimochi, Inc.
Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP)
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Peter’s Kettle Corn
Saigon BBQ
San Francisco Associates 

And here’s your sched:

Webster Street Stage
The Nihonmachi Street Fair’s entertinment has been a platform for veteran as well as up and coming musical performers. From jazz to hip hop, reggae to rock catch one of the best FREE shows in town for the summer.


Saturday, August 13
11:00 am West Coast Lion Dance
11:30 am San Francsico Taiko Dojo
12:45 pm Johnny Hi-Fi
1:45 pm J-Town Playground
2:45 pm The Official Story
3:45 pm Ascension
5:00 pm Big City Review
Sunday, August 14
11:00 am The Rumblestrips
12:00 pm FunkShun
1:00 pm ScoJourners
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm Takeo
3:45 pm Muddy Roses
5:00 pm Pulse

Ho`olaule`a Stage

Upper Post Street will welcome the island spirit through music and dance on the Ho`olaule`a Stage. Performers from the Bay Area, Southern California and as far as Hawaii will grace the stage. This year the Ho`olaule`a Stage is dedicated to the memory of our very own Hsing Tzu Yukiko Leahine Wu Dang – “Amah” to all of us in Jtown.

Saturday, August 13
Amah
11:00 am Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
12:00 pm Na Leo Pumehana (Bruddah Derrick)
1:00 pm Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
2:00 pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
3:00 pm Patrick Landeza
4:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
5:00 pm Moana

 

Sunday, August 14
11:00 am Ka ‘Ala Carmack
12:00 pm Faith Ako
1:00 pm Evan Tom Band
2:00 pm Steven Espaniola
3:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
4:00 pm Tamali’ I Polynesian
5:00 pm My Peoples
Schedule subject to change. Last updated 8/4/11

Turns Out That the Former Japantown Starbucks IS Going to be a Dental Office – We Were Better Off With the Bowling Alley

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Well, new evidence closes the books on this one.

So, the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts that is San Francisco Japantown will remain the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts at least for a little while longer. [Cue tumbleweeds.] Maybe things will change in J-Town when potential condo buyers get in the mood to spend $100,000 extra on neighborhood impact fees the way they were before the real estate crash.

And then we’ll be able to afford to undue the mistakes of Redevelopment. Maybe in a year or two or five or ten…

Oh well:

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All the deets:

Now I’ll tell you, Japantown would have been better off over the years if the Japantown Bowl had stayed the Japantown Bowl. (‘Cause bowling’s back, baby! Or something.) Anyway, what we got instead at 1600 Webster at Post was a bunch of condos up top with shuttered retail space below.

Back about six years ago, Starbucks was willing to come in and boy, man, that would have been great for Japantown. But the preservationists weren’t having it, oh no. Not at all. So what we got was about a decade of zero (0) tenants at the ground level on the northeast corner of Post and Webster. Oh well.

(I don’t drink the Starbucks myself, but S’Bucks isn’t about coffee, so the location of nearby cafes hidden up in the malls (concrete and clay and general decay and oh yes, not earthquake safe) don’t matter. You missed the point, people. It’s not Starbucks, it’s the Starbucks Effect – that’s what you needed and it’s what you still need.)

But now, the times they are a changing. Take a peek at the construction going on now and you’ll say, “Gee, it looks like it’s going to be a dentist office.”

Check it:

Click to expand

Well guess what. It very well could be a dental office. This is from a couple years back but it’s the best I can do:

“22-Dec Tenant improvements for New Dental San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C 916-772-4192 Dr. Nataly Viderman, DDS  0685-055 San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C Office…$240,000″

No matter, whatever goes in isn’t going to make J-Town look less like a ghost town on those cold, windblown Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights.

How to make a Concrete Ghost Town: Redevelopment + Mindless, Doctrinaire Preservationism.

(And the funny thing is that Japanese people looooooove Starbucks – they just can’t get enough)

Is that what you want, a dentist’s office? O.K. fine.

Activity at 1600 Webster: Controversial Starbucks Coffee Site at Former Japantown Bowl to Become Dental Office?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Now I’ll tell you, Japantown would have been better off over the years if the Japantown Bowl had stayed the Japantown Bowl. (‘Cause bowling’s back, baby! Or something.) Anyway, what we got instead at 1600 Webster at Post was a bunch of condos up top with shuttered retail space below.

Back about six years ago, Starbucks was willing to come in and boy, man, that would have been great for Japantown. But the preservationists weren’t having it, oh no. Not at all. So what we got was about a decade of zero (0) tenants at the ground level on the northeast corner of Post and Webster. Oh well.

(I don’t drink the Starbucks myself, but S’Bucks isn’t about coffee, so the location of nearby cafes hidden up in the malls (concrete and clay and general decay and oh yes, not earthquake safe) don’t matter. You missed the point, people. It’s not Starbucks, it’s the Starbucks Effect – that’s what you needed and it’s what you still need.)

But now, the times they are a changing. Take a peak at the construction going on now and you’ll say, “Gee, it looks like it’s going to be a dentist office.”

Check it:

Click to expand

Well guess what. It very well could be a dental office. This is from a couple years back but it’s the best I can do:

“22-Dec Tenant improvements for New Dental San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C 916-772-4192 Dr. Nataly Viderman, DDS  0685-055 San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C Office…$240,000″

No matter, whatever goes in isn’t going to make J-Town look less like a ghost town on those cold, windblown Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights.

How to make a Concrete Ghost Town: Redevelopment + Mindless, Doctrinaire Preservationism.

(And the funny thing is that Japanese people looooooove Starbucks – they just can’t get enough)

Is that what you want, a dentist’s office? O.K. fine.

Nice Sign: “FRESH SUSHI (sushi) BENTO BOX (bento) TO GO, FRESH SUSHI (sushi) BENTO BOX (bento) TO GO”

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

As seen on Post Street in You Know What-Town.

Let’s hope the sushi is as fresh as this sign:

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Ross Mirkarimi to Judge Tofu Dessert Competition – Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

It’s on! San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Daimyo of Japantown and El Proctector de la Bay to Breakers civic event, will judge the upcoming Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival this Sunday at 2:00 PM.

They’ll have tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, and food samples. So read up on the deets, grab your copy of the special TOFU ISSUE, and get your tickets today! You’ll never look at soybean curd the same way ever again.

Ross taking care of business last year on Post Street, during the Great 1600 Webster Condo / Save Our Festivals Imbroglio that some lawyer started up. (Akit.org has the whole story on that one.)

It’s on!

Domo arigato Mr. Roboto, ata au hi made/

Domo arigato Mr. Mirkarimo, o-tofu o tabetai! 

See you there, Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Tofu Dessert Competition & Festival
Japanese Cultural & Community Center
of No. California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
Japantown San Francisco, California

Date: March 22, 2009

TIME: 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.
http://www.soyandtofufest.com

Tofu Dessert Competition and Fesitval at Japantown San FranciscoNichi Bei Times, a leading Japanese American newspaper in Northern California, is hosting the region’s first TofuDessert Competition & Festival on Sunday, March 22, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California. This unique event is a fundraiser for Nihonmach Little Friends, a bilingual and multicultural childcare agency located in San Francisco’s Japantown.*

Festivities will include tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, as well as food samples and other offerings from a variety of vendors.  Dessert Competition finalists will gather at the festival to demonstrate the making of their dessert for the judges — culinary experts and community figures — who will announce the winner and award the $100 prize.

For tickets ($10 in advance; $12 at the door; children three and under, free), or to learn more about the Dessert Competition, the tofu haikucontest and other festival events, contact Ed Goto or Sayaka Nomura at 415.921.6820, or visit the web site shown above.

*Nihonmachi Little Friends, celebrating its 33rd year, is a community-based nonprofit organization seeking a permanent home that will allow it to further its strong ties to San Francisco’s Japanese American Community.

FRESH!