Redistricting: Bad news for J-Town

The latest Redistricting map for the Supervisor Districts in San Francisco is BAD news for J-Town. It places J-Town north of Geary in District 2 and south of Geary to remain in District 5. 1. J-Town does not start north of Geary Boulevard; it starts from Ellis Street where Rosa Parks Elementary School and the […]

Redistricting to divide S.F.’s J-Town

What is the impact of moving the voting boundary lines by dividing the Japanese community of San Francisco? That is precisely the intent of the new redistricting lines being drawn between District 2 (D2), Supervisor Mark Farrell’s district, which includes Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Seacliff and the Marina. And if the people promoting this idea […]

Uoki K. Sakai market to close at end of the month, ending 105-year run: Store operated for three generations

One of San Francisco Japantown’s oldest remaining businesses, Uoki K. Sakai Company, will close at the end of the year. Community members expressed shock and disappointment about the impending loss of the market, located at 1656 Post St. in the heart of the ethnic enclave. The market is one of the last three pre-war family-owned […]

Good eats for the curious in San Francisco’s Japantown

To many people, Japanese food is a special and exotic treat — that often consists solely of sushi or ramen. A new tour aims to demystify the dishes, and teach those who may be otherwise hesitant about them. Since 2004, Lisa Rogovin has taken locals on culinary tours around the Bay Area. Her knowledge of […]

HELPING NORTHERN JAPAN RECOVER: A community effort raises $3.5 million for disaster-hit regions

The great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami ravaged the eastern shoreline of Japan while many in the United States were asleep on March 11. Japan had been prepared for earthquakes and tsunami, a fact of life living on an island nation on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, but nothing of this caliber. The earthquake […]

Japantown 2010 – The Last Hurrah?

This is a commentary by a former “San Francisco boy” who attended the June 16, 2010 Japan[town] meeting which was designed to provide an update on the status of ongoing proceedings with “City Hall” staffers assigned by the San Francisco Planning Department. The meeting was to provide official oversight and gain an understanding of the […]

Japantown plan timeline ‘on track’ as city allocates new staff

The most recent Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan (BNP) community meeting was held June 16 at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) in San Francisco’s Japantown. The Japantown BNP, a program of the San Francisco Planning Department, aims to create guidelines for the development, improvement and preservation of the historic neighborhood during […]

PRESERVING OUR JAPANTOWNS: History Forgotten, Isleton’s Japantown

ISLETON, Calif. — Unfamiliar with the Sacramento Delta region but lured by Japantown lore and a faint recollection of actor-comedian Pat Morita claiming his roots in Isleton, my family and I visited the riverfront town. Driving the two blocks of Main Street, we easily found Chinatown with its distinctive architecture and remnants of Chinese characters […]

Support a ‘Living’ Legacy of Japanese American Culture (Part 3)

Nihonmachi Little Friends (NLF) Capital Campaign has already raised 95 percent of its $2,200,000 goal. NLF retired the mortgage on the 1830 Sutter St. building in 2007 and is currently in the process of much needed retrofitting and upgrading. My purpose in writing is to encourage more supporters to find inspiration in the many extraordinary […]

JCYC Celebrates Renovated Building

The Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) hosted a reopening ceremony at its San Francisco’s Japantown building after a year of renovation, presenting to the public its new exterior and a more handicapped-accessible facility. “A lot of people were very surprised with the renovations and how it looks,” said JCYC Executive Director Jon Osaki. “It was […]

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