Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’

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:

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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OMG, MUJI Food, MUJI Food, MUJI Food! Japanese Clothing Store in SoMA Now Offers Food

Friday, January 17th, 2014

All the deets:

“New Arrival – MUJI Food

NEW YORK – Thursday, January 16. 2014 – MUJI U.S.A. Limited announces that MUJI Food will be launched at MUJI SOMA and MUJI San Jose store January 17, following the encouraging start at MUJI Hollywood Flagship store. The store will offer a wide range of popular MUJI food with 23 snacks, 14 teas, and 3 seasonings. All merchandise is subject to availability.”

MUJI SOMA

540 9th street

(Between Bryant and Brannan Streets)

Tel: 415.694.5981

Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Store Directions
Free Parking Available

MUJI offers good quality products such as a wide variety of stationeries, household items and apparel at reasonable prices. Mujirushi Ryohin,“MUJI” in Japanese means “no-brand quality goods”. The value of the MUJI product is in its effectiveness without the renowned brand or designer name. The essence of MUJI products lies in its simplicity, flexibility and modesty to fit different life styles and individual preferences. MUJI, originally founded in Japan, does not direct its products to be affected by any trends and “isms”, rather, aims to be universally relevant. MUJI products maintain reasonable price levels, not by compromising quality, but by avoiding the waste typical of many products’ manufacturing and distribution — unnecessary functionality, excess decoration, and needless packaging.

About MUJI U.S. A. LIMITED
MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED is the U.S. subsidiary of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. which is MUJI’s corporate entity incorporated in Japan. Since its founding in 1980, MUJI has expanded around the world and has 379 stores in Japan and has 206 stores in other countries as of February 2013. Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., is a public company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker number: 7453) with $2.35 billion in sales in 2012.

Your Camera Can Make You $1000 This Weekend: “Japanese American Cultural Heritage Photo Contest” – Open to All

Friday, November 8th, 2013

This deal isn’t for me but it might be for you.

Note that contest deadline has been extended to Monday, November 11th, 2013. Things are totally wide open. I’m thinking that you could swoop in and score hundreds with just one shot and one blurb.

All the deets right here and here:

“Photo Contest: Though the Eye of the Beholder

Japanese American Cultural Heritage Contest

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Submit your photos by November 11, 2013

TAKE A PHOTO, TELL ITS STORY

CAPTURE YOUR CULTURE, SHARE YOUR HERITAGE

The Contest (in brief):

This contest is simple; all you need is an interest in Japanese American culture and heritage. JCCCNC wants to reach a wide audience, gather the various stories, and represent your voice. The Japanese American community is becoming increasingly diverse with nisei, shin-issei, hapa, American-born Japanese (ABJ), multicultural, and yonsei. Everyone has their own unique story to tell which contribute to our diverse community, now is your chance to tell it!  They look forward to seeing your take on what Japanese American heritage means to you.

Participants:

1. Do NOT need to be Japanese American

2. Do NOT need to be a professional photographer

3. Do NOT need to be a professional writer

Cash Prizes for the best photos and stories (to be determined by a panel of judges)

1st Place Winner- $1,000

2nd Place Winner – $750

3rd Place Winner- $500

Photo of the month – $100 (still in running for grand prizes)

What you need to do:

1.       Snap a photo

2.       Write a small blurb about what’s in the photo or what it represents

3.       Send the Photo and blurb in to photocontest@jcccnc.org or Mail a hardcopy to:

JCCCNC

1840 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA, 94115

For more information visit: http://www.jcccnc.org/events/jul-sep.htm#photo

 

Coming to Ocean Beach October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM: Bodies on the Beach Spelling Out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE”

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Well, here it is, from FukushimaResponse.Org.

And this is what Ocean Beach will look like come October 19th, maybe:

All the deets:

“WHAT TO EXPECT:
    On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us. 

    Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15. 

THE MESSAGE:
    We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant. 

OCEAN BEACH:
    Ocean Beach is a one-mile stretch of sand located at the west end of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The closest intersection is Fulton Street and The Great Highway. 

SITE LOCATION:
    The message will be centered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of Fulton and the Great Highway, halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet restaurant (public bathroom in the Beach Chalet’s public lobby). A concrete sea wall runs along the beach, with short, numbered stairways leading down to the sand. The event will be centered near Stairway 12, and will stretch out from there, both north and south. 

TRANSPORTATION:
– If you can, please walk or ride your bike. 

– PUBLIC — San Francisco’s MUNI system serves Ocean Beach very well. Fares, routes, and schedules at www.sfmuni.com. The #5, #18, and #31 buses all stop within five minutes walk (level) of the event site. The “N-Judah” streetcar line terminates a fifteen minute walk (level) from the site. 

– BY CAR – Ocean Beach has a huge parking area. There is plenty of parking in the nearby areas — up the hill toward the Cliff House, and also in the western part of Golden Gate Park. Parking should not be a big problem early on a Saturday. 

BRING:
    A blanket or tarp to lie down on while we await the helicopter. Water to drink. All of your friends and family (friendly dogs are also welcomed). October weather is usually great, but you never know. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. (CAUTION: This forecast is for “inland” San Francisco. Conditions at Ocean Beach can be quite a bit colder and breezier.) 

BATHROOMS:
    Rented porta-potties will be positioned along the sea wall at the event site. The lobby of the Beach Chalet building has great bathrooms. The nearby Safeway store has one small bathroom. 

FOOD:
    Several restaurants lie within easy walk of Ocean Beach. The Beach Chalet is a five-minute walk, the Cliff House is plainly visible up the hill north of the event site. Louie’s Diner is a 60-second walk beyond the Cliff House. A large Safeway store is a five-minute walk from the site. 

IMPORTANT DAY-OF-EVENT INFORMATION

7 A.M.
    A group of volunteers (at least twenty needed, please & thank you) will spend the morning outlining the message into the sand. The letters will probably be about 100 ft tall and 10 ft wide. 

10:45 A.M.
    Please arrive in the vicinity of Ocean Beach by 10:45 A.M. This will allow you half an hour to find parking (if you are driving), use a bathroom, reach the site, and pick your spot in the lettering. Volunteers will be handing out flyers with more specific, updated, day-of-event instructions. Please take a flyer, read it, and follow any instructions from volunteers.

Close up of lettering 
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11:15 A.M.
    Please be ON THE BEACH NO LATER THAN 11:15 A.M. This will give us time to make sure the lettering is filled in evenly, so that images taken from above will look crisp and clean. Pick any spot you’d like (it’s fun to sit with family and friends), but if one of the volunteers asks for people to fill in a “thin” area, please be as cooperative as you can. We’re all in this together. 

TWELVE NOON
    Our (rented) helicopter and photographer are due overhead at noon sharp. Often, in the past, they have shown up on the dot – other times, a few minutes late. Please be patient. The actual photography portion will take approximately fifteen minutes. At past events, people showing up half an hour late have been shocked to find that the event has ended and everyone has disappeared. Tardiness is not recommended. 

POSTCARDS:
    One image from the event will be made into a large-sized postcard. If you would like one of these postcards mailed to you, you MUST print your address onto a mailing label (provided at the event) and drop it into one of the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets that volunteers will be holding. We hope to have the postcards in your mailbox within a week.

MONEY:
    Participation in the event is free, but it costs approximately $1,500 – $2,000 to put it all together (helicopter, porta-potties, postcards, postage, printing, etc). Costs for the San Francisco mural action are being fronted by cab driver Brad Newsham, who has organized numerous successful murals at Ocean Beach. At past events, people have generously dropped enough money into the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets so that Brad has been able to break even. He greatly appreciates this.

“Fukuppy” Media Disaster Continues – MSM-types from CNN, TIME, and the Washington Post Victimized – Who Will Be Next?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This is from yesterday - it involved a Washington Post employee.

Here’s TIME from just a few hours ago

“Social media platforms over the weekend were brimming with sarcastic critiques of Fukushima’s newest unofficial mascot, Fukuppy, after a local refrigerator manufacturer in the disaster-struck prefecture unveiled their latest publicity creation.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/14/look-its-fukuppy-to-the-rescue/#ixzz2hhVmRXLI 

And here’s CNN:

Kyung Lah ‏@KyungLahCNN

Truth is stranger than fiction. #Fukushima‘s new “cute” mascot is Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/  #CNN

And actually, MSM, Twitter was debunking this myth three days ago.

It was there if you knew how to look for it?

FTR, Fukushima is a family name as well as a place name.

FTR, “.co” in a URL means company, not government.

On It Goes…

Fukuppy: Washington Post Correspondent Chico Harlan Pollutes Twitter with Misinformation about a Japanese Corporate Mascot

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go: "The thing I passed along yesterday about the "Fukuppy" mascot -- please disregard; it has nothing whatsoever to do with Fukushima Prefecture." So, move along, people. Nothing to see here. Excepting that initial Tweet is not the way you're supposed to pass along info on Twitter, but anyway..]

Here’s the Tweet In Question:

“A Japanese corporation created a mascot to enhance the image of Fukushima and reduce food fears. Its name: Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/character/index.html …

See?

But it’s just a coincidence that the family name Fukushima (Lucky Island, something like that) is also the name of a prefecture in Japan.

So, Fukushima Industries makes fridges out of Osaka (which is Down South, Japan-wise) and this whole deal has nothing to do with Fukushima Prefecture (which is Up North) or any nuclear panner plants.

I’ll concede that this isn’t the best choice for a mascot name:

The jibber-jabber underneath is Fukuppy’s Dewar’s Profile – he comes from a Fukushima brand fridge and he’s coy about being a boy.

Now, one supposes that Fukuppy the winged egg mascot is concerned about keeping your food safe and cool. One supposes.

So, what Chico should have done was to check his work and/or show his work and/or do a retweet rather than to just cite the source.

IMO.

And 20 hours is a long time to do a correction in the Twittersphere, regardless of whichever time zone you live in.

This is akin to confusing the Washington Redskins mascot with the government of Washington State. IMO.

Just saying.

“Meat Day” Comes on the 29th of Every Month in Japantown – But Uh Oh: “Except for Sausage, Bacon, Ham”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This is a monthly thing for four-star Yelp-rated Nijiya Market at 1737 Post St (between Buchanan and Webster) in Godforsaken, windblown, Redeveloped, and concrete-and-clay-and-general-decay Japantown.*

But what’s this,”EXCEPT FOR SAUSAGE, BACON, HAM?”

Those are like the three best animals, man!

A good thing is when the have cases of “imported” Sapporo Draft (aka Premium) (kara サッポロビール株式会社 Sapporo Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) on sale for $13. (Yeah, imported from Ontario, Canada(!), but I guess an import is an import.)

Anyway, enjoy your Meat Days, San Francisco!

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Pork chops?

Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.

Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

*I haven’t a clue on how to best fix earthquake-unsafe J-Town. Before the Great Recession, the solution was going to be something like 500 new condos in the nabe, each with a $100,000 fee tacked on to help pay for a new Japantown Garage and whatnot. But some businesses inside the horrible mall buildings are thriving and some are not, so it’s not an easy call to have a giant implosion and just start over. And, up to now, there’s been no money for that kind of thing anyway…

Any Given Sunday in San Francisco’s Japantown: Anime Everywhere – A Parade on Post Street

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Or maybe this was 2013 Super Hero Day, IDK.

Anyway, J-Town has stuff going on all the time.

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And there’s free WiFi to boot.

Upcoming events:

SANSEI LIVE – Coming Together for Kimochi Seniors

Saturday, October 19, 2013
    Kimochi and KTVU’s Robert Handa and Jana Katsuyama invite you to join the 30th Anniversary of Sansei Live! on Saturday, October 19
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Spooktacular Halloween Party, Parade & Trick or Treat in Japantown

Sunday, Oct 27, 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Everyone is invited for good old-fashioned fun at the a Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat on Sunday, Octob…
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Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Craft Faire

Saturday, December 14, 2013
    10:00AM-4:00PM The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 Free Admission ∗ Free Parking (space available basis)…