Here’s a couple things. This here was something that wasn’t covered when I was in elementary school, just saying. And the Census Bureau sometimes still likes to claim that its data has never been handed over to other governmental agencies, but we learned otherwise a few years back.
Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’
The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global WarmingThursday, January 29th, 2015
What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?
Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:
But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.
And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.
What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.
What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.
What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.
I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.
(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)
The Chimneys of 2622 Jackson – Where Japanese Consulate Secrets Went Up in Smoke on Dec 7, 1941 – A Fine Stone HouseFriday, January 23rd, 2015
Here you go, 2622 Jackson in Pacific Heights. It was the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco until just after the start of WWII. And how do you get rid of your papers back in ’41 before you leave town all of a sudden? You burn them, the same way diplomatic staff did all over America, like in DC and New Orleans.
And then Harry Potter director Chris Columbus bought the place – I don’t know where he lives now…
What will happen next at this grand stone palace…
With Love from Japan: Earthquake-Proof and Tsunami-Proof Soccer Ball Houses – As Seen at the Randall MuseumThursday, January 8th, 2015
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.”
What’s This: The Government of Japan is Funding a Ramen Chain’s Expansion in the US? “Ippudo” Coming to SFWednesday, 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.
Thanks Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, I guess.
Not Just SPAM, “SPAM Teriyaki!” – Look for the Pink and Blue Boxes – Making SPAM Musubi is Now a BreezeTuesday, December 9th, 2014
This stuff is all the rage in Hawaii
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.
Remarkable New “KOBE BBQ” Restaurant is The Talk of the Richmond District – Turning Heads at 4112 GearyMonday, November 10th, 2014
“‘Kobe beef’ painted on the wall. Bar-B-que.”
See? It’s stupefying.
And The Yelp is hilarious.
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IMO, the LED “OPEN” sign hanging from the fire alarm is the piece de resistance, pardon my French.
“Let me paint a picture for you. Kobe BBQ is a one-story half of a building, painted entirely black. No windows. The words “Kobe BBQ” are painted in big red letters on the top half of the building with a big red arrow pointing down to the door. At night, the entrance is lit up with bright lights and there is a lighted “Open” sign next to the entrance on top of a sample menu.”