Posts Tagged ‘japantown’

The Grand Southern Entrance to San Francisco Japantown: A Graffitoed Gate with Naked, Hanging CFL Bulb

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Pedestrian walkway, Webster and Geary:

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The Goldest Lamborghini in Town – Bienvenidos a Miami! – Let’s Talk License Plate Violations

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Florida plates, BTW.

Or should I say, Florida plate, as this gold exoticar doesn’t have a front license plate, which is a no-no in The Golden State.

And of course, you’ve got less than three weeks after moving to California to deal with the California DMV, but I’ll tell you, most Lambos you see in SF aren’t properly registered with CA DMV.

Anyway, this car reminded of Dennis Rodman’s old ride, one that’s being used as a daily driver by a CCSF student.

Stay gold, Lambo owner. Bienvenidos a 415 / 628 / 650!

Spot the Missing Building: Motorcyclist’s Polished Helmet Offers a Fish-Eye View of the Western Addition

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Take a close look at this motorcyclist’s helmet on Geary – in between the two tall buildings, you can see the coming construction site of 1481 Post.

Dude gives off a Hank Schrader vibe:

Some people who opposed the 8 Washington Wall on the Waterfront project just might support a tall spire on the top of Cathedral Heights, right?

I think so.

Anyway, all moto helmets should be chromed, huh?

Take a Look at Japantown in 1942: “Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer”

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Oh wow, man. I’m not used to seeing outer Post Street from the pre-Redevelopment era.

Western Addition: Cherryland Sukiyaki (Japanese and American), 1650 Post St., sake and beer

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel—Streets of San Francisco, 1942

(Then the people from SPUR came along with “ideas and action for a better city” to Urban Renewal this place with big, hulking, earthquake-unsafe buildings (“The Mall Has It All!” – that’s what the SPUR people used to say before they changed their name to hide from their legacy) and garages and that’s where we are today.)

Harlem of the West

Esquire: “For Sukiyaki complete with chopsticks, visit “Cherryland,” where only Japanese food is served.”

“TO BE TAKEI” Opens at Our Sundance Kabuki Theatres in Japantown August 22nd

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I haven’t seen this one, but you might want to:

“TO BE TAKEI” (90 minutes)
Directed by Jennifer Kroot
Co-directed and edited by Bill Weber

Opens August 22
Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco

Additional information is available at: http://tobetakei.com/

A documentary portrait of famed Japanese American actor, and LGBT activist George Takei, TO BE TAKEI is an Amplify/Variance Films and Starz Digital Media release, runs for 90 minutes, is in English, and is not yet MPAA rated.  

Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans and his activism of LGBT rights. TO BE TAKEI takes viewers on George and his husband Brad’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

TO BE TAKEI premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In June of this year, the film screened as the Centerpiece Documentary at Frameline38, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Additionally, George Takei was awarded the Frameline Award for his achievements in the media arts, as well as his unparalleled activism and community service.

About the Director Jennifer M. Kroot   
Jennifer Kroot directed the documentary feature IT CAME FROM KUCHAR about the legendary underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. Jennifer also wrote, directed and starred in the gender bending, sci-fi, narrative feature SIRENS OF THE 23RD CENTURY. She has received grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Frameline, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and the Fleishhacker Foundation. Kroot lives in San Francisco and studied film at The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), where she now teaches film. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford and Denver University.

About the Editor/Co-director Bill Weber   
Bill Weber is a San Francisco based documentary editor. He directed and edited the documentary feature THE COCKETTES, which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Bill co-directed and edited the documentary feature WE WERE HERE, which played at the 2011 Sundance and Berlinale festivals. Bill recently edited THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR, which premiered in 2013 at the Telluride Film Festival and the Oscar nominated documentary short film, THE FINAL INCH. He also edited the award winning documentaries LAST LETTERS HOME and THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT amongst other projects.

OMG, It’s the Great Post-Ramen Festival Japantown Volunteer Cleanup! Today on Post at 6:00 PM

Monday, July 21st, 2014

All the deets on this “emergency” cleanup that will occur today, July 21st, 2014

“There is a lot of trash littering the streets of Japantown following the massive crowds of 100.000+ visitors this past weekend for the J-Pop Summit and Ramen Yokocho Festival. If you are available, please join other concerned members of the Japantown community TONIGHT as we pitch in to clean up the trash on the streets. We’ll be meeting at Japantown Peace Plaza starting at 6pm and will provide disposable gloves and trash bags. Any help or additional cleaning supplies or equipment you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

Event organizers are unable to completely clean up the mess, although they are providing steam cleaning for the sidewalks where ramen vendors were situated.

Let’s take care of our community together and clean up Japantown! Thank you so much to everyone coming to help tonight.”

This news comes via Akit:

Akit ‏@AgentAkit  29m

SF Japantown looks like a trash dump after the #JpopSummit #Jpopfestival & the ramen event. Help cleanup area 2day: https://www.facebook.com/events/581464565305622 …

1000-Yard Stare: Incompetent SFMTA MUNI Abandons #38 Geary Riders During Japantown Ramen Festival

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Look at these poor lost souls on Geary staring towards the west in a futile attempt to spot the next inbound #38 Geary.

You can tell when things get bad at a MUNI stop when people just plop themselves down out on the street on the stop itself.

Is Geary a “livable street?” I have no idea. And actually, it doesn’t matter if this is how the SFMTA does its primary function. Should SFMTA directors be boasting about their junkets to “other cities across the globe?” I don’t think so. Hey, it’s headshot day! Hold it, hold it, hold it, say “cheese!” Snap.

Would SF be better off without the relatively inconsequential “Sunday Streets” program if it could get a functional MUNI in exchange?

I think so.

Would SF be better off without Cheryl Brinkman on the SFMTA board?

As Gil Penalosa*  said, some of the men out there on bikes ride as if they have no family that loves them and no one that they love.

I think so.

Here’s another example, from 2012:

SFMTA director Cheryl Brinkman said that she supported the proposal because she has been considering the reverse situation. “How would we defend making parking free on Sundays if we’ve been paying all these years?” she asked rhetorically.

OK fine, but then in 2014 she voted to make parking free on Sundays. Oh well.

And is this true? I don’t know:

Mayor Ed Lee apparently has no concern over conflicts of interests where Ms. Brinkman is concerned. Her husband’s company benefits directly from the North Beach tunnel project, and she has economic ties to the SFTMA and the SF Bicycle Coalition and the other “non-profits”  that profit from the city’s many contracts from  managing housing to  street calming and car sharing.

In any event, the Directors of the SFMTA don’t seem to be concerned at all about making MUNI work better using the money we already give them. The SFMTA doesn’t need more money, the SFMTA needs to manage the money we give it more better. IMO.

*Who?

Postcard from Post Street, Japantown: A Half-Century-Old Nissan / Datsun Fairlady Convertible, AKA “Datsun Sports”

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Japantown has more than its fair share of old Japanese-made cars, it seems, with the rear view mirrors mounted way up front, Japanese-style:

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“New Generation Nikkei Fund” Aspires to Save All the Japantowns in America – SF Launch Event at Ozumo, July 22, 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

All the deets here.

NGNF San Jose Launch Event

Envisioned by the next generation of stakeholders of the Japanese American community, the New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF) strives to:

  • Foster a culture of giving and volunteerism amongst Japanese American and Asian American young professionals
  • Enhance collaboration and communication amongst Japantowns and existing Nikkei communities at large
  • Support Japantown or Nikkei community based organizations with a grant(s) and a new generation of donors

“Introducing the New Generation Nikkei Fund: Creating a new generation of philanthropists to support our Japantowns!

Join us for happy hour at Ozumo restaurant in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 5-7pm to celebrate the launch of the New Generation Nikkei Fund in San Francisco!

Looking for a quick, easy way to do some good and make an impact in your community? NGNF is all about connecting community non-profit organizations serving our Japantown communities with the next generation of community supporters. Come find out how with a minimum donation of $25, you can make the deciding votes to fund programs and non-profit organizations that serve San Francisco’s Japantown.

We’ll be hosting a happy hour where you can meet our committee and learn how to join our statewide movement to support the future of our San Francisco and San Jose Japantown and Los Angeles Little Tokyo communities, all while enjoying appetizers and drinks and mingling with other NGNF donors. The happy hour has also been made possible with the support of Nakayoshi Young Professionals.”

A 36-Story, 416-Foot Tall Condo Building at Post and Gough? Some Hate 1481 Post Already – A Dramaturgical Dyad

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Well, here it is, the proposed 1481 Post Street, from the ADCO Group.

And here’s your welcome:

Welcome to 1481 Post Street: An Iconic Residence Reflecting Years of Neighborhood Input and an Innovative Approach to Urban Growth.”

And here’s one possible future for Geary and Gough, as “seen” from our Chinese Consulate on Laguna:

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And here comes the backlash, here’s the concomitant anti-1481 Post Street group, SOS Cathedral Hill, or SAVE CATHEDRAL HILL, or something like that.

That’s what you call a dramaturgical dyad, redolent of 8 Washington, IMO.

SocketSite has the deets.

BTW, this group is claiming “No Community Outreach,” but what they really mean is no community outreach this month or no community outreach right now.

If anybody has a non-maudlin argument or anecdote or something against this building, I’d like to hear it. ‘Cause, so far, I haven’t heard it yet.

It seems to me that 1481 Post would slot right in with all the others in this part of the Western Addition, in this part of town betwixt the Tenderloin and J-Town…