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Don’t Miss Today’s Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown – Free Festival Continues until 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

All the deets on the 39th Annual.

As it looked yesterday on Post Street:

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Webster Street Stage:

Sunday, August 5
11am Cherng Loon Lion Dance
Yet Another Hero
Noon The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
1:00 pm “Fun & Furry Pooch Doggy Contest”
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm GroovMekanex / Lil G and Morimoto
3:45 pm Tracy Cruz
5:00 pm Rendezvous

 Ho`olaule`a Stage:

11am Mishibana-kai San Francisco & Miwa-kai San Mateo (Japanese
Noon Karikatan Dance Company (Filipino Stick Dancing)
1:00 pm Mele Ohana (Ukulele)
2:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa (Hula)
3:00 pm Mango Kingz (Island Reggae)
4:00 pm Island Touch Band (Hawaiian Contemporary)
5:00 pm Moana (Hawaiian)

 See you there!

OMG, It’s Time for the 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair: Sat-Sun, August 13-14, 2011, 11AM – 6PM

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

The 38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair will be just like last year’s except with better weather, it looks like.

See you there!

Via David Yu – click to expand

And don’t forget about the Food Fest! The sponsors this year:

Asian American Recovery Services (AARS)
Adam’s Grub Truck
API Legal Outreach
Bimi Foods
Bombzie’s BBQ
Community Youth Center SF (CYC)
Ear Good Corn Roast
Got Plate Lunch
Jane’s Fresh Icy Boba
Kimochi, Inc.
Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP)
Nakayoshi Young Professionals
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Peter’s Kettle Corn
Saigon BBQ
San Francisco Associates 

And here’s your sched:

Webster Street Stage
The Nihonmachi Street Fair’s entertinment has been a platform for veteran as well as up and coming musical performers. From jazz to hip hop, reggae to rock catch one of the best FREE shows in town for the summer.


Saturday, August 13
11:00 am West Coast Lion Dance
11:30 am San Francsico Taiko Dojo
12:45 pm Johnny Hi-Fi
1:45 pm J-Town Playground
2:45 pm The Official Story
3:45 pm Ascension
5:00 pm Big City Review
Sunday, August 14
11:00 am The Rumblestrips
12:00 pm FunkShun
1:00 pm ScoJourners
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm Takeo
3:45 pm Muddy Roses
5:00 pm Pulse

Ho`olaule`a Stage

Upper Post Street will welcome the island spirit through music and dance on the Ho`olaule`a Stage. Performers from the Bay Area, Southern California and as far as Hawaii will grace the stage. This year the Ho`olaule`a Stage is dedicated to the memory of our very own Hsing Tzu Yukiko Leahine Wu Dang – “Amah” to all of us in Jtown.

Saturday, August 13
Amah
11:00 am Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
12:00 pm Na Leo Pumehana (Bruddah Derrick)
1:00 pm Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
2:00 pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
3:00 pm Patrick Landeza
4:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
5:00 pm Moana

 

Sunday, August 14
11:00 am Ka ‘Ala Carmack
12:00 pm Faith Ako
1:00 pm Evan Tom Band
2:00 pm Steven Espaniola
3:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa
4:00 pm Tamali’ I Polynesian
5:00 pm My Peoples
Schedule subject to change. Last updated 8/4/11

Nihonmachi Street Festival a Huge Success for 2010

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

David Yu has just posted his photos of the 2010 Nihonmachi Street Festival.

(Appears as if the threats to this annual event have subsided.)

Post Street yesterday:

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Lots of hula and music:

Plus, there was taiko-a-gogo

See you next year!

37th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair Coming to Japantown August 14-15, 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is back for 2010. See?

That’s 1600 Webster there on the left, it’s that condo building that’s still under double secret probation due to some problems the past couple years. We’ll have to wait and see if they get a security guard to nap in front of the Webster entrance for a couple shifts the way it happened last year. (It’s like Del Boca Vista Phase III got plopped down on the corner.)

 

(And actually, the Starbucks they wanted to put in the empty retail space downstairs would have been a mega bonus for J-Town, but the local NIMBYs shot that idea down. You know, big ugly nonreinforced concrete was ala mode back in the 1950′s and 1960′s and that’s when those ridiculous mall buildings started getting built. That’s why Japantown looks like am uninviting windblown ghost town from Post Street even when there are lots of people bustling about in the malls. Replacing the low-rise buildings on the right of the photo, including the hidden underground parking garage, will be an expensive, long, drawn-out process. Anywho…) 

The deets:

Peace Plaza Ho`olaule`a
The Peace Plaza open its arms out to welcome the Island Spirit through music and dance. Halaus from the Bay as well as special guests from Hawaii and Southern California will gather this weekend at the Peace Plaza stage.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
11:30am Local Blend
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Ben Kaili with Ke `Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa
4:45pm Native Elements
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
11:30am Steven Espaniola
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Tago Lei Pasifika
4:45pm My Peoples (formerlly Kapakahi)  

All the deets after the jump

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Ross Mirkarimi to Judge Tofu Dessert Competition – Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

It’s on! San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Daimyo of Japantown and El Proctector de la Bay to Breakers civic event, will judge the upcoming Nichi Bei Times Tofu Dessert Competition and Festival this Sunday at 2:00 PM.

They’ll have tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, and food samples. So read up on the deets, grab your copy of the special TOFU ISSUE, and get your tickets today! You’ll never look at soybean curd the same way ever again.

Ross taking care of business last year on Post Street, during the Great 1600 Webster Condo / Save Our Festivals Imbroglio that some lawyer started up. (Akit.org has the whole story on that one.)

It’s on!

Domo arigato Mr. Roboto, ata au hi made/

Domo arigato Mr. Mirkarimo, o-tofu o tabetai! 

See you there, Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Tofu Dessert Competition & Festival
Japanese Cultural & Community Center
of No. California (JCCCNC)
1840 Sutter Street
Japantown San Francisco, California

Date: March 22, 2009

TIME: 2 p.m.– 4 p.m.
http://www.soyandtofufest.com

Tofu Dessert Competition and Fesitval at Japantown San FranciscoNichi Bei Times, a leading Japanese American newspaper in Northern California, is hosting the region’s first TofuDessert Competition & Festival on Sunday, March 22, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California. This unique event is a fundraiser for Nihonmach Little Friends, a bilingual and multicultural childcare agency located in San Francisco’s Japantown.*

Festivities will include tofu/soy games, a tofu talk show, a tofu haiku contest, as well as food samples and other offerings from a variety of vendors.  Dessert Competition finalists will gather at the festival to demonstrate the making of their dessert for the judges — culinary experts and community figures — who will announce the winner and award the $100 prize.

For tickets ($10 in advance; $12 at the door; children three and under, free), or to learn more about the Dessert Competition, the tofu haikucontest and other festival events, contact Ed Goto or Sayaka Nomura at 415.921.6820, or visit the web site shown above.

*Nihonmachi Little Friends, celebrating its 33rd year, is a community-based nonprofit organization seeking a permanent home that will allow it to further its strong ties to San Francisco’s Japanese American Community.

FRESH!

Year-End Holiday Festivities in San Francisco’s Japantown

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

It’s been a busy year for San Francisco’s historical Ja pantown, but now that the neighbors have settled down, it’s time for Year-End Festivities.

Looks like things might be a little less festive this weekend since 50 degree weather isn’t exactly conducive to hula dancing, but there’s stuff going on until the end of the year.

As seen on Post Street:  

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This weekend’s sked is below, with other days after the jump.

See you there!

Saturday, December 13
10 am-4 pm  -  Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire – Kimochi Kai  (St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center)
Noon       -  Koto performance – Murasaki Ensemble (Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg.}
1 pm       -  Taiko drum performance – Somei Yoshino Taiko (Japan Center Kinokuniya Bldg.)
2 pm       -  Hawaiian dancing – Performance by Keolalaulani Hawaiian Dancers – Canceled due to weather.

Sunday, December 14
1 pm       -  Japanese classical dancing – Michiya Hanayagi Dancers – Canceled due to weather.
3 pm       -  Traditional Okinawan dancing – Ohtori Kinsen Kai – Canceled due to weather.

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Anti-Festival Letter from 1600 Webster Creates a Hail of Opposition in Japantown

Monday, August 11th, 2008

First, get up to speed on this issue here. The latest is this – San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is fully engaged on the question of whether the Nihonmachi Street Festival should be allowed to continue next year. And guess what? He’s in favor of festivals. Ross believes there’s room for accomodation and compromise on this issue. Quite a reasonable approach, actually

Ross Mirkarimi in dialogue with the Japantown community on Post Street yesterday.

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It appeared the residents of 1600 Webster had full access to their parking spaces during the entire festival. We’ll have to wait and see how dirty Post Street is today.

To be continued….

1600 Webster vs. San Francisco’s “Filthy” Japantown and “Mediocre” Nihonmachi Street Fair

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

The 35th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair continues today. Look at the schedule and check it out. But you should also check out Akit’s Complaint Department, where there’s trouble a brewing. It seems that the President of the 1600 Webster Street Homeowners’ Association, David H. Zisser, has some issues.

Read all about it here

The lively Nihonmachi Street Fair adds a little color to an otherwise dreary day. There were no signs of life at the million dollar condos at 1600 Webster on the left. Click to expand:

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And since we’re here, let’s go through a bit of the letter:

…this Association (along with other members of this neighborhood) must tolerate what seems to be an endless use of Post and Webster Streets

Members” of a neighborhood? NIMBY alert!

 for a series of look-alike street fairs with the same purveyors of schlocky souvenirs,

You can find a lot of schlocky stuff at street fairs, that’s true.

mediocre food stands and exhibitors

One person’s mediocre exhibitor is another’s treasured community member, right?  

There is no other neighborhood which is asked to put up with these sorts of disruptions, and that, of course, doesn’t include the disruption presented by the Fillmore Street Fair which is only one block away.

That’s the plaintive wail of the NIMBY, no doubt about it now.

The streets and sidewalks of this neighborhood are usually filthy,

Boy, this reads just like a real estate agent’s brochure, doesn’t it?  

especially those that surround that appalling mall,

This appears to be a reference to Post Street’s Kintestsu Mall, which probably wasn’t the best idea to come out of the 1960′s. You can ride your bike down cycle-friendly Post Street all the time and be unaware all the activity going on up inside the mall at night. Of course, it’s kind of an old-fashioned idea to wall off all these folks from the street, as J-Town appears to be a dead area most of the time.

Indeed, the whole place could use something like a Starbucks on the street, but that’s a matter for another day.  

Today’s issue is the question over why people who seem unable to handle Japantown’s rich pageant would move into a building specifically designed to have a “Japanese look” and then hate on harmless street festivals. The world wonders.

Read of further developments here and on the Yelp Talk.

See you there!