Posts Tagged ‘japantown’

The Lines for UJI TIME DESSERT in Japantown are Out Of Control – Matcha, Black Sesame, and Tofu Ice Cream for the Instagram Generation

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

I’ll tell you, in my day back in the 80’s we went to Thrifty for ten-cent ice cream cones, and that was the way we liked it!

But these days:

“You ever see something on Instagram and think oh I need to get that?  That’s what happened with Uji Time Desserts, I was just searching food pics in San Francisco area since I was visiting soon and saw this fish cone, had to go get it”

As seen underground in the East Mall:

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What time is it? It’s UJI TIME:

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But be mindful of the all-important “fish cone wait time.”

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In closing, Fish Cone Wait Time.

Frisco’s Horrible Pedestrians vs. the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s how people react to our needlessly-wide Geary Expressway:

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I think Buchanan Street will make a comeback one of these days, in the form of a marked crosswalk, allowing peds to once again legally cross in this area.

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

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5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL Runs September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema – Free Showing of Miyazaki Doc

Friday, August 4th, 2017

All the deets:

“5TH JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO

September 1-10, 2017 at NEW PEOPLE Cinema

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2017 – The 5th Annual JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO will be held at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in September 1-10, 2017. Premiere screenings of the latest Japanese live-action and animation films, special appearances and Q&A sessions with filmmakers are planned. Also, the film festival will present the JFFSF Honorary Award 2017 to Actor and Director Kaori Momoi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Ghost In the Shell). The award ceremony will take place at the J-POP SUMMIT 2017 main stage at the Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture on the second weekend, Saturday, September 9th at 2pm.

Tickets are $15. Festival Passport is $150 (This passport allows full priority access to all films at the Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, but does not include admission to J-POP SUMMIT 2017, taking place in Fort Mason Center on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday 10th, 2017 for two days. J-POP SUMMIT tickets available here) Quantity is limited.

For additional ticket information, please visit the www.jffsf.org or email info@jffsf.org. Please pick up your tickets at Will Call at the entrance of NEW PEOPLE during the festival week. Bring your confirmation e-ticket with barcode and a valid photo I.D.

The complete program for the festival can be found below.

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Is $11.50 is a GOOD PRICE for a USB Humping Dog?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

As seen in J-Town:

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Works as advertised.

No, I think $3 is the most you should pay, for a USB humping dog.

And no, the USB IMPLEMENTATION FORUM  (USB IF) doesn’t /wouldn’t/wouldn’t have approve(d)

Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka

Monday, March 27th, 2017

1 We call our little Italy North Beach even though it’s not all that far north, and it doesn’t have a beach, not anymore anyway. Tourists come here and they ask about Little Italy and everybody knows what they’re talking about.

It looks like this – the official SFGov Italian flag tells people from Chinatown that some would not approve of them trying to open businesses north of Broadway.

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That’s JMO, but it’s true.

2) This one is harder. I’ve never heard of anybody IRL calling this area Little Russia, in all my years, but here it is on the Google Maps so it must be true.

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It looks like this, with onion domes and piroshki:

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But I wouldn’t call this area Little Russia, it’s just another part of the Richmond.

3) And Little Osaka – man I saw that on an online map one time and at first I thought it was an act of vandalism/patriotism from somebody from Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, kind of the Chicago of Japan, but no, it’s semi-official that Japantown is Little Osaka what with our “sister-city” relationship and all.

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As seen on Post:

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This is the hardest Little I know of. If you ask your Lyft driver to go there, you might end up here in Potrero.

And I guess we have a Little Saigon too, sort of, even though we don’t call Saigon Saigon anymo. But it’s easy to find – no confusion there…

This has been Know the LITTLES of Frisco: Little Italy, Little Russia and Little Osaka.

Our SFMTA “Disappears” the Pedestrian Bridge It Hates So So Much – The One Over Geary at Webster – Uh Oh

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

I didn’t build this bridge over Geary, I’m not responsible for it. But guess what, SFGov put this bridge in, a while back. And then SFGov decided that removing the bridge was “essential” to the Geary BRT project. (The R in there stands for “Rapid,” as if calling something rapid makes it rapid.)

Anyway, here it is IRL:

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Comes now the SFMTA, with a “visualization” of The Future. Do you see what happened to the bridge?

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It’s gone down the mem’ry hole:

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What I had thought was that the SFMTA had gotten pushback on the bridge at Webster and had decided on letting it stay. So IDK what is the status of the bridge is now.

And all the buses will stop at Buchanan? But they decided to keep the stops at Laguna as well? Does that make any sense at all? Is this really a BRT project anymore? Was it ever?

The Plum Trees are Blossoming in Japantown Now – Cherry Blossoms Will Come Along Later

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

All the deets on our 50th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival here.

There are plum AND cherry trees all over J-Town, so it looks like cherry blossom season for like four months a year. Thusly:

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Keep up with Japantown goings-on through the Hotel Kabuki Twitter

Those “Cherry Trees” You See Blossoming About Frisco Now are Plum Trees, NTTAWWT

Monday, February 13th, 2017

So blossoms in late January or February aren’t as much of a sign of global warming as some think.

Anyway, plum trees are famous for early blooming, is what I’m saying.

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Seen About Frisco: Special Miracle Hydrogen Water, Natural Fresh Nitrogen Ice Cream – It’s Elemental

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The Mall…

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…Has It All

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The stuff we sell is just the best
Passing all consumer test
Days of heaven nights of sin
Voodoo stick and sharks fin
When all around you seems like hell
Just one sip will make you well
Multipurpose in a jar
If you ain’t ill it’ll fix your car
In days of yore for all bad feelings
Washing socks and stripping ceilings
Nowadays its used medicinally
For all known human malady

It was really vile weather
When we got to tarred and feathered
You could hear the six guns sound
As they chased us out of town

Guaranteed don’t you know
Money back?
You’ll get a no!
It’s the one and only medicine show