Posts Tagged ‘japan’

Mile Rock and a Freighter Full of Japanese Cars – Roll On, Roll Off

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Somehow, it still makes sense to get our cars from high-cost Japan.

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Cars roll on this ugly Chronus Leader ship in Japan and roll off in the east bay or the north bay.

T’was ever thus.

It Has Come To Pass: “MEWNI” T-Shirts! – Imagining America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System as Catbus

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This was the promise, seven long years ago:

MTA director Nat Ford is ebullient as he announces the launch of CatBus service

(Good times.)

But now its time for you to Dream Into Action by hearing the Good News and  purchasing your very own MEWNI T-shirt from Black Sheep Comics.

Oh what a day! What a lovely day:

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Order now afore our oppressive SFMTA overlords* litigate the entire operation out of business.

(Mens Small only? You see, I’m six foot one and  I’m tons o’ fun, so I CRY FOUL. Nevertheless, I’ll be a-ordering, as Winter is Coming.)

This is, by far, the best use of MUNI’s Snake Logo ever.

Order now, and you’ll be looking Chic in no time.

“$25.00

What would it be like if buses in San Francisco were Catbuses…. They’d be called “MEWNI’s”!

This shirt design is inspired by the CATBUS from Hayao Miyazaki’s film “My Neighbor Totoro” and San Francisco bus “MUNI”.

Women size T-Shirts are printed on Bella brand shirts. Please be advised that it is recommended that you select a size larger than you’re regular size to ensure a more comfortable fit.”

*Saying, “Enjoy the candy” while handing over the gun? Good one, MUNI!

With Love from Japan: Earthquake-Proof and Tsunami-Proof Soccer Ball Houses – As Seen at the Randall Museum

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh c’mon!

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Head on up to our Randall Museum to see other outside of the box / 20-sided truncated icosahedron ideas on earthquake safety.

From the source, the “Barier” people:

“Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.

Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.”

Mount Suribachi, 94547 – The Marine Corps War Memorial of Contra Costa County as Seen from the I-80

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

All the deets

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And here’s a closer look:

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What’s This: The Government of Japan is Funding a Ramen Chain’s Expansion in the US? “Ippudo” Coming to SF

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Well here it is, the official “Cool Japan Fund” will soon be giving millions of dollars to the Ippudo Ramen chain of restaurants to open up stores in the US and Europe.

To spread the Good News of Ramen, to increase Japan’s “soft power,” appears to be the point.

That means that it’s only a matter of time before the Bay Area has its own Ippudo, the way New York City has been since 2008.

Thanks Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, I guess.

Looking forward…

Not Just SPAM, “SPAM Teriyaki!” – Look for the Pink and Blue Boxes – Making SPAM Musubi is Now a Breeze

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This stuff is all the rage in Hawaii

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And these days you can buy cases and cases in the 415.

And wouldn’t this gelatinous stuff be just perfect for a baby shower? I think so.

Arresting San Francisco O-Bon Festival on Octavia – It’s Day of the Dead, Japanese-Style – A 500 Year Tradition

Monday, July 28th, 2014

It’s the 76th Ginza Bazaar on Octavia, which is sort of in Japantown.

The view of passersby on Bush:

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See you next year!

“Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (盆?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.”

Driving Around the World in a Third-Generation New MINI Hatch (F56) – Sighted on Lombard – Next Stops: Germany, Japan

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Back in the 1990’s, Euros went Around The World via French House.

These days, they use tiny BMW’s:

“Around the World with a MINI F56 2014.
Start, 16. June 2014 in Germany.
7 countries, 2 months, 2 people, MINI takes the States, 22.000 km. Kick-off 16. June 2014″

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It’s Around the World in 60 Days.

Bon Courage, you daft punks.

UPDATE: This just came in, FYI:

“MINI TAKES THE STATES Motors Across The Country With High-Flying Send-Off From Tony Hawk

MINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Motorers, start your engines!  MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway. The rally kicked off early on July 27(th) with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.

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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”