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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All the deets here.
Envisioned by the next generation of stakeholders of the Japanese American community, the New Generation Nikkei Fund (NGNF) strives to:
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.”
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.
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…
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: 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:
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 email@example.com.
Hosted in Partnership with Paper Tree, Mountain Valley Paper Company and San Francisco Recreation and Parks.
[UPDATE: Word on the street is that the driver lives in The Avenues, where he has a rep for driving too fast out there. Word on the street is that the driver has a “neckbeard.”]
I seen this $200k+ Aston Martin Rapide all over town – I seen it I seen it! In the Financh, the SoMA, the Fillmore, pretty much all over the 1/8th of a pie slice that is northeastern SF.
(This ride has now officially stolen the thunder of that Kandy-Kolored Gold-Flake Streamline Baby Lambo used as a daily driver(!) by a CCSF junior college student.)
So, why the mirror finish, dahling? Well, per Arlen of Flickr, “because fuck you, that’s why.”
And, has this garish Aston been registered in California yet? Well, maybe, but if it has a CA license plate, it’s certainly not mounted on the back where it should be, and that’s odd, because it’s been in town for a while, oh well.
Who can solve this mystery?
As seen being driven, poorly, in the Upper Fillmore area…
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Here’s your proof, here’s how things are looking in Buchanan Plaza in April 2014:
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That would be a couple plums on the left and genuine cherry on the right.
Why did people plant plum trees in J-Town? IDK, perhaps to make it look like we had cherry trees blooming in mid-winter?
Anyway, proof promised, proof delivered.
Here it is, from a the guy who wants to replace District One Supervisor Eric Mar.
JOIN THE SFCTA AND SFMTA FOR A GEARY CORRIDOR
BUS RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT UPDATE!
The Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project is a cost-effective way to improve bus service and enhance street conditions for Geary from Downtown to the Outer Richmond. Based on community input and ongoing technical evaluation, the project team is identifying a staff-recommended alternative for initial feedback.
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
Thursday, January 30, 6:00–8:00 PM
The Transportation Authority is leading the environmental study, in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The Study Team and other public agencies are working collaboratively with the Geary BRT Citizens Advisory Comittee (GCAC), as well as inviting public participation through community meetings.
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.
(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.
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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.”
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:
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mail a hardcopy to:
1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA, 94115
For more information visit: http://www.jcccnc.