Posts Tagged ‘japan’

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:

7J7C4343a-copy

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

7J7C4862 copy

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.)

7J7C4870 copy

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?

7J7C4343 copy

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:

43d31d42-9702-4409-88e2-f43d9bfb359f copy

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:

7J7C8487 copy

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:

7J7C5696 copy

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):

7J7C8032 copy

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:

Hopping_lantern copy

Someday

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

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Here it is:

Capturefsfsfs copy

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:

7J7C9518 copy

I can’t.

7J7C9413 copy

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.

7J7C1944 copy

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:

mewnishirtpic1 copy

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!