Posts Tagged ‘japan’

The Bude’ Abides – Better Know Your Giant Buddha of Golden Gate Park – But Why Don’t We Send It Back to Japan?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Here’s your history of this 3000-pound statue in our pricy ($8 a person!) Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:

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Oh, here we go, just found this in the SFChron, but I don’t know what “Tajima province Honsha, Japan” means. (Perhaps they meant to say Tajima Province in Honshu, Japan? That would be like saying Atlanta, GA in the American South, I guess.)

Hey, maybe we should make a replica of this thing and send the original back to Japan, how about that?

Frisco Finally Gets Around to Fixing the Hanging Lanterns Above the Great Southern Entrance to Japantown – Here’s What They Look Like

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

First, it was all like this, like for a looooong time:

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But now it’s all like this, all fixed (except for the tagging, which might qualify for Landmark status at this point, but oh well):

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So that’s good.

(Hey, how’s the seismic safety for all what you can see in the background there, on Geary and Post from Fillmore to Laguna and including the big ugly Peace Pagoda [L]andmark? Oh, not good? Uh oh.)

Now what’s the next step? Hopping lanterns, Miyazaki-style, natch:

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Concrete and Clay and General Decay: San Francisco Wants to Landmark Our Ugly Japantown Peace Pagoda?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Here it is:

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IDK, Japantown has a sizeable seismic safety issue, non?

ICYMI, Japantown is nothing but an earthquake-unsafe concrete mess, courtesy of the idea of REDEVELOPMENT. If we cared more about people, we’d stop to think afore preserving the mistakes of the past…

The “WOMEN ONLY” Train Cars of Western Japan, For Better Or Worse

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Imagine something like this in Frisco:

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I can’t.

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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.


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…