Posts Tagged ‘nihonmatchi’

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)…

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!

There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

See?

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Hurray!

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!

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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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Something Else to Collect: New Generation of Momiji Message Dolls Debut in JapanTown

Monday, April 12th, 2010

To the extent that I have a beat, Japantown is in it (along with the Western Addition and Golden Gate Park and a few other places.) Consequently, people send me stuff sometimes and sometimes I draw your attention to it.

Alls I can say is that this Momiji stuff looks expensive. But it soon could be, as Chinpokomon was, Japans #1 cool toy to own.

Good-bye Kitteh, Hello Momiji!

Next stop, quasi-Japanese Mini-Momijis inside of McDonalds Happy meals? We Can Only Hope.

Anyway, these straight-outta-the-UK cuties will be available at the Kinokuniya Bookstore inside one of those 1960′s-style malls on Post Street in J-Town.

Momiji launch new doll collection at Kinokuniya
 
Since their inception almost five years ago, Momiji message dolls have gained a cult following worldwide amongst artists, designers and thousands more people worldwide. Momiji fans and collectors will be flocking to Kinokuniya bookstores across the USA this week for the exclusive launch of four brand new additions to the collection.
 
The four dolls, which form Generation 7 of the Momiji ‘Randoms Collection’, are Giggles, Soul, Happy Happy Happy and Pixie. Each one is packaged in Momiji’s signature noodle box and protected by tiny inflated pillows.
 
Momiji dolls proved to be an instant hit with Kinokuniya customers. Sharon Cunningham from the Flagship store in New York said,
 
“Momiji are adorable, our customers love collecting them so we were so excited to have the opportunity to launch these brand new designs to the world.”
 
As a center for the best in Japanese culture, literature and art, Kinokuniya was the perfect place to unveil Momiji’s new collection. Claire Rowlands, Creative Director for Momiji said,
 
“We love Kinokuniya, we could spend days exploring their amazing stores. Their commitment to celebrating great Asian art and design means we feel sure that the new dolls will be right at home there.”
 
Generation 7 can be found at the New York flagship store on Avenue of the Americas, the New York Palisade center store, as well as the San Francisco and Costa Mesa stores.
 
Momiji will be inviting owners of the new dolls to upload a photo of themselves with their purchase onto the official Momiji HQ Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a Momiji prize bundle worth $200 as well as an exclusive Kinokuniya tote bag to carry it all in. Full details of the competition are available in store.
 
The dolls will be exclusive to America in four Kinokuniya stores before they are released to boutiques, galleries and museum stores around the States in July.
 
Momiji Generation 7 can be found exclusively at the following stores throughout April 2010
 
New York Main Store
1073 Avenue of the Americas (Bet 40th & 41st St)
New York, NY 10018
 
Palisade Center Store
3360 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
 
San Francisco Store
1581 Webster St (between Geary Blvd & Post St)
San Francisco, CA 94115 
 
 Costa Mesa Store
3030 Harbor Blvd #G-3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
 
ABOUT MOMIJI
Momiji [‘mom-ee-jee’] are hand-painted collectible message dolls. The Momiji story began just over four years ago in the UK. Since then our brand has gained cult status around the globe. Momiji HQ is based in Henley in Arden, a little village famous for its ice cream. From here we have become truly global with designers creating lovely stuff all over the world: UK, Austria, Chile, Thailand, Germany, Canada and Slovenia. Our links with top art colleges mean that we work with the most creative new kids on the block.
 
Momiji, dedicated to making life lovelier.
 
www.lovemomiji.com
 
ABOUT KINOKUNIYA
Kinokuniya is the most well-known Japanese bookstore chain outside of Japan, with locations in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Taiwan and Dubai. Its eight US locations, first opening in San Francisco’s famous Japantown in 1969, have become popular hot spots for those interested in both the traditional beauty of Japan and the new funky world of anime and manga. The flagship location in New York City relocated in 2007 to Midtown’s Bryant Park carries a huge selection of Japan and Asia related literature, art, architecture, CDs, DVDs, comics, magazines, apparel, toys and stationery. They have also partnered up with Japanese cafe, Cafe Zaiya, which serves delicious bento style meals and Japanese snacks that you can enjoy from the 2nd floor overlooking the park.

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!