Posts Tagged ‘little osaka’

“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.”

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.

Why Does Narrow Webster Street Widen into a Boulevard for Just 11 Blocks?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

You all know Webster Street, right? It’s Fillmore’s little buddy, taking people from Market Street north all the way up to our mismanaged Marina Yacht Harbor.

But take a look here to see what happens after it crosses Hayes Street. It turns into boulevard for some odd reason, for some 11 blocks, only to shrink back down again into a regular street at the intersection at Bush.

Looking north. The traffic heading up this street, (like the silver SUV) needs to jog right to get on the other side of the very wide median See that? It’s goes parking lane, bike lane, slow lane, fast lane, huge median, fast lane, slow lane, bike lane, and then another parking lane:

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Here’s a bird’s-eye view. From Grove to Bush, from the Western Addition to “Little Osaka” (the cartographers’ favorite term for what people actually call Japantown in real life) it’s an unbusy boulevard, for an only-Gaia-knows-why purpose:

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I cry foul.

Here’s a modest proposal – why not de-boulevard (v.t.) Webster by getting rid of the useless treed-up median and the twin northbound lanes for the entire three-quarters of a mile? Would anybody miss the median and the extra lanes? I mean, Fillmore does the all the heavy lifting with traffic and buses and whatnot, right?

That would leave us with 200,000 square feet of space to do whatever we want with. What would you do with 3.5 football fields worth of space?

In Japantown, some people already want to shut down the northbound lanes for extra parking or for temporarily housing businesses displaced by planned seismic upgrades for buildings on Post Street. But why not just kill the whole boulevard now in one fell swoop?

(Poorly-designed Octavia Boulevard has the opposite problem of having too much stalled traffic idling away, blocking travelers journeying east and west. Oh well.)   

In conclusion:

 What do we want?

A de-boulevarded Webster Street!

When do we want it?

Now!  

(Repeat as necessary.)