Posts Tagged ‘japan’

TRUTH: If Your Beef Aint from the Kobe Area, It Aint Kobe Beef

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Or so they say

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And I’m not sure if those taters come from a farmers market neither…

Iwo Jima Memorial, In Situ, Contra Costa County

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

From far away, on the I-80:

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Your best view from the I-80

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And here’s a little closer, during springtime:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

Find the Iwo Jima Memorial in This Photo – The East Bay’s Mount Suribachi – As Seen From the I-80

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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And here’s a little closer, from a rainer time of year:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

The Rich Whites of Pacific Heights REALLY REALLY Heart Black Cars, Chapter Two – Even Ferraris are Black Up There

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

I already showed you ten in a row, up on Broadway:

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But now let’s check out the ritzy part of our 94115. Here’s five right here:

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And right next door, with the roof of the Land Rover from above in the lower right corner. (And here I thought all Ferrari(s) are red.)

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So that’s seven black luxury cars all bunched up parked outside on Jackson.

And what’s inside the garages? At least seven more black cars, obvs.

Prove me wrong!

Black Cars in Specific Whites: The Rich People of Pac Heights Don’t Like Colors – Ten in a Row on Broadway

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

I’ll tell you, back in the day, in Japan, looking out the airport bus window, I was surprised to see a Nissan Fairlady Z police car but also I was surprised to see that most cars on the road there were plain-Jane white sedans, and it was like, “Oh yeah, most cars are white here in Japan.”

Oh. News to me.

But check the scene here, in Frisco – ten vehicles in a row on the street what are painted black. (Now, there’s a covered-up motorcycle in this parade, but you just gotta know that it’s painted all black as well. C’mon, this is Frisco, where people in groups on the street wear black from head to toe, or almost do so.) Anyway, Y SO SRS, 94115?

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I mean, Tokyo has moved on, so why can’t you?

I wear Black on the outside
Cause Black is how I feel on the inside
I wear Black on the outside
Cause Black is how I feel on the inside

And if I seem a little strange
Well, that’s because I am
If I seem a little strange
That’s because I am

But I know that you would like me
If only you could see me
If only you could meet me

Oh
I don’t have much in my life
But take it – it’s yours
I don’t have much in my life
But take it – it’s yours

Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:

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What do you call these, pocket doors?

Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?

Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.

(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)

Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.

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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Someday

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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