One injured in senior complex fire: Cause under investigation

One person was injured the evening of June 13 in a fire that was contained to the sixth floor of a senior housing complex at 1880 Pine St. near Japantown, a fire department spokesperson said. All floors of the center were evacuated after the fire was reported at 8:07 p.m. June 13. The one person […]

Efforts to support S.F.’s Japantown underway

San Francisco Japantown community leaders gathered May 27 for an online town hall meeting via the Zoom video chat application. Several organizations outlined their efforts to help Japantown through grants and programs designed to either aid small businesses and nonprofits, or attract customers to the ethnic enclave once shelter-in-place restrictions are relaxed. “A lot of […]

Japantown’s Peace Plaza — A chance to heal

Shattered tiles, forced removal and broken promises. To those unfamiliar with San Francisco Japantown, some might think that the Peace Plaza is just another open space in the city. But the cold, hardscape of the current design, is an unremarkable feature of a neighborhood that has never truly healed from the tragic history surrounding the […]

Dr. Jerry Hiura, arts leader and dentist, dies

Dr. Jerrold Hiura, a San Jose Japantown dentist, leader in the arts community and co-founder of Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, passed away after battling late-stage esophageal cancer on Dec. 26, 2019. He was 72. Hiura was born in Chicago, and he moved with his family to the San Jose when he was seven. At the […]

Arts center on hold while commercial developments move forward

SAN JOSE — As San Jose’s Japantown finally sees construction begin at the site of the city’s former Corporation Yard and its historic Chinatown, community members expressed hope as the long-delayed project is now pouring concrete. Part of the development, however, has been put on hold, with costs becoming too high to move forward on […]

Four S.F. J-Town establishments approved for Legacy Business Registry

Four San Francisco Japantown establishments — Kinmon Gakuen, Nichi Bei Foundation, National Japanese American Historical Society and Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop — were among eight businesses and nonprofit organizations unanimously approved by the San Francisco Small Business Commission for the city’s Legacy Business Registry at the Commission’s meeting Aug. 12. The Registry recognizes longstanding, community-serving businesses […]

SF: Police car hits on-foot officer, suspect, injuring both

An unmarked San Francisco Police Department car struck and injured two people, a police officer and a suspect being pursued, the evening of Aug. 24 near a major Japantown intersection, police said. At about 5:20 p.m. Aug. 24, plain-clothes police officers were chasing two car burglary suspects on foot near Geary Boulevard and Webster Street. […]

My homeless friend

The first few times I passed her she seemed to have gathered the quiet around her. I walked past her, noticing that her eyes were closed in contemplation. She was always neat and might’ve been waiting for the bus, but for her neatly packed little cart and the half drunk quart of beer on the […]

S.F. Japantown security cameras praised by most

Community members have largely applauded the installation of a network of security cameras in San Francisco’s Japantown, in part for its ability to track individuals in the public spaces of the ethnic enclave. The Japantown SafeCity Program, administered by the Japantown Community Benefit District through an anonymous $750,000 grant, was one of the most anticipated […]

Police arrest man suspected in theft of golden retriever from S.F. J-Town

Officers have arrested a man accused of stealing a Golden Retriever last month from outside a storefront in San Francisco’s Japantown, police said July 25. Police have identified the man as 53-year-old Le Van Loc of San Francisco. Loc is suspected of stealing the dog, Lily, from the 1700 block of Post Street on July […]

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