Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’

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.”

Hello Kitty Father, Hello Kitty Mother, Hello Kitty Son, Hello Kitty Daughter – Plus SF Giants Hello Kitty

Friday, July 25th, 2014

It’s a Hello Kitty nuclear family!

Complete with two Hello Kitty dogs:

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Go Giants!

Good-bye, Kitties.

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

Bicycle Chop Shop or Just Another Homeless Encampment: You Make The Call

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

At first I thought chop shop, but now I don’t think so. Usually when I think see one I actually do, but not this time, oh well.

Betwixt DISCOUNT BUILDER’S SUPPLY and the Duboce offramp: 

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If you want a clear example of both a chop-shop and a non-chop shop, click here.

On It Goes…

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.

Eurotrash at “The Chaya Brasserie” Gape in Wonder Upon Seeing Their First Critical Mass Bike Parade – Embarcadero, USA

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

They were delighted:

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“Creators of “La Nouvelle Cuisine Franco-Japanese” located in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Venice…”

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.

Cherry Blossoms Blooming in January is NOT Due to Global Warming – Why? The Answer Will Amaze You – One Weird Trick

Monday, January 27th, 2014

(I’ll just say that if you ever earnestly Tweet a link to Chuckworthy, I’ll Unfollow you in a New York minute. That’s how I roll.)

What’s that, when you were a tyke, cherry trees bloomed in April and now they’re blooming in late January because of that darn global warming?

Well yeah, but what you’re looking at aint cherry trees, they’re plum trees, muchacho/a.

See? Plum:

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What’s that, you just saw them in J-Town, so they must be cherry trees? NOPE! What you saw was Prunus cerasifera, a kind of plum. Yes, they planted plums on Post Street on purpose, to stagger the blooms from winter to spring, one supposes. Go back to Japantown in April and you’ll see blossoms from the real deal, Prunus serrulata aka Japanese Cherry, Hill Cherry, Oriental Cherry, East Asian Cherry, or soon enough, East Sea Cherry for all I know.

What’s that, Prunus cerasifera’s common name is cherry plum so close enough? NOPE! Cherry is cherry and plum is plum.

What’s that, global warming is real and trees are blossoming earlier and earlier? MAYBE SO! But just don’t call plum trees cherry trees, that’s what I’m saying. That’s the “one weird trick.”

Gotcha!

All right, here you go, here’s a genuine cherry tree during late January in the 415:

Cherries will be blooming soon enough.

Until then, enjoy eating plum blossoms, as this Wild Parrot of Telegraph Hill did near the Financial one winter long ago: