Posts Tagged ‘translation’

The Reason Why It’s a Little Patronizing to Print Towaway Signs in Japanese on Sutter Street

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

These temporary towaway signs for a stimulus project on Sutter Street near Octavia are close enough to Japantown I suppose, but the idea that it’s remotely possible that this translation would be of any use to any driver is laughable.

It’s a nice gesture, though, I suppose.

But, as stated, it’s a little patronizing…

Japanese American Experience at the Presidio: Return and Remembrance

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Aging veteran Thomas Sakamoto was honored at the Presidio Saturday for his labors during World War II and beyond. This is how it looked at the ceremony on Mason Street in front of Building 640, originally built as a 10,000 square foot aircraft hangar.

Colonel Sakamoto listens to Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine, who represents Japan in San Francisco and Northern California. “This is a history all of us must know.”  Click to expand:

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton spoke about the ongoing project to fix up the historic building. “Let’s get this done.”

The mise-en-scene:

A sign from 1942:

Read on for more details of the day.