Posts Tagged ‘niku no hi’

“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…

Tibetan “Serf’s Emancipation Day” Commemorated in San Francisco

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Get up to speed on the Orwellian Serf’s Emancipation Day here. Today’s protest at the Chinese consulate was relatively small, with about 200 fired-up Tibetans chanting and singing.

Only one lane of Geary Boulevard was shut down to traffic today, as opposed to all four during the last go around: Click to expand:

Fifty years of resistance, 1959-2009:

The horn-honking of solidarity with the protesting crowd from passing traffic was infectious:

A perspective on public relations:

From the Chinese point of view there are perfectly legitimate internal communications (or propaganda, if you prefer) reasons to designate this holiday. It’s a high-profile re-statement of the official Chinese “emancipation” narrative on the annexation of Tibet, an important pillar of legitimacy and a cornerstone of the messaging that is used to this day to justify that annexation to both internal and external audiences. Unfortunately, loaded with unintentional irony as it is, “Serf Emancipation Day” is going to enter foreign ears like a butcher knife coated in rock salt.”

How Will You Celebrate Tibetan Serf’s Emancipation Day in San Francisco?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Well rejoice, damn you, March 28 is now officially Serf’s Emancipation Day (農奴解放日 / 农奴解放日). The powers that be in China have blocked the YouTube, possibly to avoid the viewing of this particular video (although there could be a host of non Tibet-related reasons for this YT blockage). For her part, “disgusting” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still hammering China this month about the Tibetan issue.

More locally, there’ll be a few folks in San Francisco commemorating March 28, but they won’t be in a celebratory mood. San Francisco Team Tibet has a bit of info about what will occur at the San Francisco Chinese Consulate tomorrow

Hopefully people from one side won’t start hanging themselves off of the consulate 30 feet in the air and people from the other side won’t cut any ropes, you know, the way it went down last year on Laguna Street.

50 Years of Enslavement – March 28

  • Peace March for Tibet (Berkeley Downtown Bart Station) 10 – 12pm
    1. Tibetan National Anthem
    2. Opening Statement
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Peace March Begins
    5. Rally Back at Berkeley Downtown Bart Station
    6. Announce next programs in SF.
  • Chinese Consulate Protest (Laguna & Geary St) 2pm – 3:30pm
    1. Shout Slogans
    2. Speech by Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress
    3. Memang Langlu
    4. Shout Slogans
    5. Dentsi Monlam
    6. March to Union Square in Small Groups without Banners.
    • Union Square Event 4:30pm – 6:30pm
      1. Introduction by MC – Sonam Lama
      2. Tibetan National Anthem
      3. Opening Statement (Chemi)
      4. TANC Executive Member
      5. TANC Dance group
      6. BAFOT President
      7. Vice President of Tibetan Youth Congress (Dhondup Dorjee la)
      8. Marian Wong (Chinese American)
      9. SFRTYC (Tsering Choeden)
      10. Political Theater
      11. Memang Langlu
      12. Former President of SFRTYC (Dasang la)
      13. SFT Speaker
      14. Candle Light Vigil
      15. Word of Thanks (SFRTYC – Tsedor)

    “Meat Day” is Coming on March 29th – How Will San Francisco Celebrate?

    Friday, March 27th, 2009

    The signs in the windows on Post Street tell the story – MEAT DAY is coming this Sunday, March 29th.  If this is all you can see, then it’s tough to figure out the meaning. The only clues are bull, rooster, and pig icons along with Chinese characters that literally mean “meat day” or “day of meat.”

    But this is in Japantown, so the pronunciation “Niku no Hi” can also sound like “2-9 Day“ - “ni” is the voicing for “two” and “ku” is one of the ways of saying “nine.

    Mit-te [look]! It’s Meat Day! Click to expand.

    The upshot of this is that Nijiya supermarket at 1737 Post near Webster, just across the street from the haters at 1600 Webster, is taking 20% off the price of any meat you buy, one day only.

    Is fish included? No, ’cause meat is meat and fish is fish.

    Why isn’t it 29% off? Good question.

    Is the 29th of every month Meat Day? Don’t know.

    Are ham, sausage, deli items and advertised sale items elegible for 20% off too? Another good question – the answer is no, those things are not included in the celebration according to the fine print.

    But isn’t there a pig icon in the poster? Yes, good point.

    What about bacon? All the kids are loving the bacon these days, right? Perhaps, but don’t know.

    Crooner Morrissey says that “Meat is Murder.” What about that? Yes meat CAN be murder, on your pocketbook that is, so you should take every chance to save save save.

    See you Sunday at Meat Day!

    Lyrics after the jump

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