Posts Tagged ‘japan’

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”

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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