Posts Tagged ‘japantown’

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

Oh, I Guess the Hated / Beloved Pedestrian Bridge over Geary at Webster is Going to Stay After All? – Geary BRT Update

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at all this stuff our SFCTA was going to do:

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Note “Roadway redesign – mid 2016”

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Well guess what – the SFCTA / SFMTA recently caved, so the Bridge Over The River Geary will remain at Webster.

So all these meetings were a big success, or a huge failure for the SFCTA, depending on how you look at it.

And look at all the Haterade that the SFCTA poured over the pedestrian bridges of Geary – and this is just 20% of the references made:

In the Japantown and Fillmore areas, there are closed crosswalks and circuitous pedestrian bridges that are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

In the Japantown area, as depicted in Figure 1-6, some aspects that discourage pedestrian movement and activity include narrow medians and circuitous pedestrian bridges that intimidate some and are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Spanning Geary Boulevard are two pedestrian bridges at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections, where closed crosswalks limit pedestrians‟ ability to cross Geary Boulevard at ground level. These overcrossings are several decades old and, although they provide separation from traffic, are often perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing Geary Boulevard due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users‟ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hindering the mobility of people with disabilities.

Pedestrian bridges at Steiner Street and Webster Street: These two pedestrian overcrossings would be removed, to eliminate conflicts between these structures‟ piers and the proposed bus lanes, as well as to provide new pedestrian crossings at street grade.

Two pedestrian bridges span Geary Boulevard at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections. The grade-separated walkways allow pedestrians to cross over Geary Boulevard. These overcrossings are several decades old and are perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users’ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to their average inclines exceeding the ADA standard of a five percent maximum grade (i.e. a slope increasing in elevation by five feet for every 100 feet in length), which makes wheelchair crossings difficult.

Like I said, this is just 20% of the vitriol our SFCTA spewed upon these two bridges in just one document. I get the feeling these SFCTA people would say just about anything to get nine figures from the Feds. I mean if the Feds would give the SFCTA $100,000,000 to recommend keeping everything on Geary EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, then I’ll bet the we would have gotten a document what extols the virtues of these bridges.

Anyway, the Webster bridge is staying, that’s the news.

The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

An Experiment in “Traffic Calming?” – Main Entrance of Japantown Parking Garage on Post Closed – “USE GEARY ENTRANCE”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This is how the Post Street side of our old-school, earthquake-unsafe Japan Center Garage looked the other day:

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Not that I care, cause I don’t use this garage, but this will certainly affect traffic in the area, for better or worse.

And I’ll tell you, that sign looks professionally made, so I assume that this entrance will be shut in the future as well, perhaps on weekends or busy times? Just guessing here…

Easter in Japantown/ I Know, I Know It’s Serious – Everyday is Halloween in Frisco, on Post Street Anyway

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Just another day in Frisco:

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Now That It’s March, You Can Assume That the Blooming Cherry Trees You See Are Not Actually Plum – Oh, Here’s One

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

The fake cherry trees of January are now a deep purple, ’cause they’re plum trees.

That means that the cherry trees you see these days are real cherry.

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Accept no substitutes…