Posts Tagged ‘japantown’

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:

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

 

A TED Event for Japantown: TEDx PeacePlaza Coming November 9th – $50 Including Lunch – Starring David Chiu

Monday, November 4th, 2013

TEDxPeacePlaza is coming soon.

The promotional code “MIKE” is still working to save you 50% off the $100 list price, FYI.

(Here’s what I’ve had to say about the star-crossed 1865 Post location, which I used to repeatedly call Kabuki Chicken when Robert Redford owned it, cause I’m not wired right. And it used to be a Pasta Pomodoro, back in the day.)

(And of course the eponymous Peace Plaza pagoda should be destroyed, you know, due to the concrete and clay and general decay. IMO)

All the deets:

“Join us on Nov. 9 for TEDxPeacePlaza! Register on Eventbrite.com.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPeacePlaza, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPeacePlaza event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized

TEDxPeacePlaza is a new TEDx event taking place on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Pa’ina Lounge in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Tweet us @TEDxPeacePlz for a chance to receive discounted tickets.

Our speakers include:

  • David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Lateefah Simon, Director of California’s Future Program at the Rosenberg Foundation
  • Jon Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council
  • Nwe Oo, CEO of Weaving Through Change (helping refugee women from Burma preserve their tradition while creating economic opportunity)
  • Tulio Cardozo, Founder of Collaborative Benefit (helping the formerly incarcerated get hired)
  • Katherine Woo, Vice President of Product at Kiva
  • Gary Chou, School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design
  • Valerie Luu & Katie Kwan, Co-Founders of Rice Paper Scissors (pop-up Vietnamese street food)
  • Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Sculptor and Photographer (exploring the link between the natural world and industrial world)
  • Akiko Aspillaga, immigration rights advocate
Your admission to this event includes lunch.

Theme: “What’s Possible” - Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done. What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? The theme of the first TEDxPeacePlaza event on November 9, 2013, is “What’s Possible” — which can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question. ~ Glenn Fajardo, co-curator, TEDxPeacePlaza

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Meet our team.

Got an invite to TEDxPeacePlaza? Register with your promo code for up to $50 off the regular admission.

Theme: “What’s Possible”
Seemingly intractable problems. Surprisingly ingenious solutions. In a world full of inequality, conflict, and hardships, there are remarkable examples of what actually can be done. What innovations are possible that can help create a world that we want to live in? The theme of the first TEDxPeacePlaza event on November 9, 2013, is “What’s Possible” — which can be interpreted as both a bold statement and an inviting question. ~ Glenn Fajardo, co-curator, TEDxPeacePlaza

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, California, along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

Once Again, SFPark Overestimates Demand for Parking, This Time It’s Near Japantown

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Hey, I know! Why not base the SFPark on market pricing?

Uh, SFMTA? Just because something “makes money” for you doesn’t mean that it’s good for San Francisco…

“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)…

Know Your Indestructible Japanese Cars of Yesteryear: A Starlet at Benihana, an Aging Toyota in Japantown

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Haven’t seen one of these in a while.

Rear-wheel-drive – unusual:

Japantown Sumo by San Francisco Photographer Dave Golden

Monday, September 10th, 2012

As seen on Post Street by Dave Golden:

Wow.

Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

At the very least, you owe it to yourself to read the Yelp and ApartmentRatings reviews before you move in.

Oh look, they have a shuttle bus – it’s a like a private MUNI #38 Geary just for you and your fellow victims:

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But even so, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

In closing, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

PS: Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition