The state of San Francisco Japantown’s businesses

At the dawn of its 110th year, San Francisco’s Japantown currently faces challenges in maintaining its identity as a regional hub of Japanese and Japanese American culture. About five decades since the Japan Center was built, many of the neighborhood’s longtime business owners have come of retirement age. As these businesses close, the neighborhood faces […]

Little Tokyo mom-and-pop businesses continue through rough times

LOS ANGELES — A handful of mom-and-pop retail stores in Little Tokyo have survived economic downturns to become almost permanent fixtures, hanging on for anywhere from 68 years to more than a century. In fact, Fugetsu-Do Confectioners has been around since 1903, Mikawaya started in 1910, and Rafu Bussan, S.K. Uyeda Department Store, Bunkado and […]

Japantown Corporation Yard project moves forward, other projects planned

SAN JOSE — A proposed 600-unit apartment development planned for the city Corporation Yard in San Jose’s Japantown is moving forward. The development is planned for a 5.8-acre property bordered by Sixth and Seventh and Taylor and Jackson streets. Kathy Sakamoto, executive director of the Japantown Business Association, said that developer Williams & Dame recently […]

S.F. J-Town sustainability strategy presented to commissions

San Francisco Japantown members and stakeholders gave informational presentations on the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy in July to the San Francisco Planning Department. The two presentations were given to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission on July 17 and 18. The meetings were designed to present a final draft of […]

Plans revealed for high-rise in S.F.’s J-Town

ADCO and Cathedral Hill Plaza Associates, L.P. filed a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report to build a 262-unit, 36-story, 416-foot tall residential tower in San Francisco’s Japantown on June 12. If approved, the proposed project would take place at 1481 Post St. on the western portion of 1333 Gough St. According to […]

JCHESS nears presentation to board, suggests preservation, promotion of J-Town through city

The San Francisco Japantown Organizing Committee met June 19 to discuss the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS) draft, to receive information about the Invest in Neighborhoods initiative, social heritage businesses, the definition of formula retail and a proposed high-rise at 1481 Post St. Diana Ponce De Leon, project manager for the initiative […]

Musings from a San Francisco native

JOURNEY By Peter Kenichi Yamamoto (San Francisco: self published, 2012, 71 pp., $8.95, paperback) Peter Yamamoto, a longtime member of San Francisco’s Japantown community, is often seen volunteering at the National Japanese American Historical Society. His artistic background from his parents and his roots in social activism including being a resident of the I-Hotel during […]

Nihonmachi Little Friends launches $3.5 mil. capital campaign for new building

Nihonmachi Little Friends announced its plans to build an addition to its current location at 1830 Sutter St. in San Francisco’s Japantown. The community-based multicultural childcare organization made the announcement during its annual Sushi Social fundraiser, which was held Nov. 16, 2012. NLF has called the project the “Plant A Seed Campaign,” which aims to […]

Community fine-tunes city redistricting draft

A little more than a dozen people met at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) on the evening of Feb. 15 to discuss the redistricting process in San Francisco’s 11 city districts. Japantown community members first became involved in the redistricting process when early drafts of the district boundaries drawn by […]

JACL seeks stories for book on Watsonville’s Japantown

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — The Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) seeks stories from current and past residents of Watsonville, or the general Santa Cruz County and Parajo Valley areas, as it writes “Watsonville Nihonmachi: Then and Now.” The group hopes to incorporate stories about life in the area before and after […]

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