Posts Tagged ‘japan’

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”

The San Francisco Zoo’s Very Own (Somewhat) Dramatic Chipmunk: A Short History of Prairie Dog Viral Videos

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Here it is, a Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) as seen at our San Francisco Zoo

And here’s the world-famous Dramatic Chipmunk:

Notice the similarity?

And here’s where it all started:

Fin.

Don’t Call It San FranSokyo! Disney’s Animated “Big Hero 6″ Film Imagines SF as a Japanese City – HD Video Clip

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Well, here you go:

Coming out in late 2014

All the deets

“Big Hero 6 is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy superhero film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.[5] The film will be directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and will be the 54th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Big Hero 6 will be the first Disney animated feature to feature Marvel characters since The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.[6] The film will be released on November 7, 2014[4] byWalt Disney Pictures

Hello Kitty Champagne on Sale in San Francisco – You Know, For Kids!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Well I suppose it’s really for adults, you know, legally!

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Speaking of legalities, I suppose it’s actually sparkling wine and not champagne*

Kanpai, keiki, kanpai!

*You can sell “California Champagne” legally in the USA, but only the stuff from certain operators. If, for whatever reason, it ends up in France, they’ll call it counterfeit and then destroy it, oh well.

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.

Word on the Street: “California NSOLVNT” – If I Were an SFMTA MUNI DPT PCO, I Think Twice Before Ticketing This Mitsu

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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OMG, MUJI Food, MUJI Food, MUJI Food! Japanese Clothing Store in SoMA Now Offers Food

Friday, January 17th, 2014

All the deets:

“New Arrival – MUJI Food

NEW YORK – Thursday, January 16. 2014 – MUJI U.S.A. Limited announces that MUJI Food will be launched at MUJI SOMA and MUJI San Jose store January 17, following the encouraging start at MUJI Hollywood Flagship store. The store will offer a wide range of popular MUJI food with 23 snacks, 14 teas, and 3 seasonings. All merchandise is subject to availability.”

MUJI SOMA

540 9th street

(Between Bryant and Brannan Streets)

Tel: 415.694.5981

Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Store Directions
Free Parking Available

MUJI offers good quality products such as a wide variety of stationeries, household items and apparel at reasonable prices. Mujirushi Ryohin,“MUJI” in Japanese means “no-brand quality goods”. The value of the MUJI product is in its effectiveness without the renowned brand or designer name. The essence of MUJI products lies in its simplicity, flexibility and modesty to fit different life styles and individual preferences. MUJI, originally founded in Japan, does not direct its products to be affected by any trends and “isms”, rather, aims to be universally relevant. MUJI products maintain reasonable price levels, not by compromising quality, but by avoiding the waste typical of many products’ manufacturing and distribution — unnecessary functionality, excess decoration, and needless packaging.

About MUJI U.S. A. LIMITED
MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED is the U.S. subsidiary of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. which is MUJI’s corporate entity incorporated in Japan. Since its founding in 1980, MUJI has expanded around the world and has 379 stores in Japan and has 206 stores in other countries as of February 2013. Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., is a public company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker number: 7453) with $2.35 billion in sales in 2012.

Your Camera Can Make You $1000 This Weekend: “Japanese American Cultural Heritage Photo Contest” – Open to All

Friday, November 8th, 2013

This deal isn’t for me but it might be for you.

Note that contest deadline has been extended to Monday, November 11th, 2013. Things are totally wide open. I’m thinking that you could swoop in and score hundreds with just one shot and one blurb.

All the deets right here and here:

“Photo Contest: Though the Eye of the Beholder

Japanese American Cultural Heritage Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Submit your photos by November 11, 2013

TAKE A PHOTO, TELL ITS STORY

CAPTURE YOUR CULTURE, SHARE YOUR HERITAGE

The Contest (in brief):

This contest is simple; all you need is an interest in Japanese American culture and heritage. JCCCNC wants to reach a wide audience, gather the various stories, and represent your voice. The Japanese American community is becoming increasingly diverse with nisei, shin-issei, hapa, American-born Japanese (ABJ), multicultural, and yonsei. Everyone has their own unique story to tell which contribute to our diverse community, now is your chance to tell it!  They look forward to seeing your take on what Japanese American heritage means to you.

Participants:

1. Do NOT need to be Japanese American

2. Do NOT need to be a professional photographer

3. Do NOT need to be a professional writer

Cash Prizes for the best photos and stories (to be determined by a panel of judges)

1st Place Winner- $1,000

2nd Place Winner – $750

3rd Place Winner- $500

Photo of the month – $100 (still in running for grand prizes)

What you need to do:

1.       Snap a photo

2.       Write a small blurb about what’s in the photo or what it represents

3.       Send the Photo and blurb in to photocontest@jcccnc.org or Mail a hardcopy to:

JCCCNC

1840 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA, 94115

For more information visit: http://www.jcccnc.org/events/jul-sep.htm#photo