It was the summer 2007 I visited to National Japanese Association to learn about Japanese American History to write in Japanese Web-magazine. Since then, my feeling about Japan Town changed quite a bit. Before, the place was just a convenient place to get Japanese stuff or eat with my Japanese friends, but I feel a little melancholy about what happened for Japanese Americans.
It is Sunday, Today. Melancholies should be put aside, I wanted to introduce some pictures I took some of them I used in my Japanese Web-magazine article.
Tower located in North Center of Japan Town on Post Street. It says "Japan Town" in Japanese.
This tower copies Fire Watching Tower in Japan. In Edo era of Tokugawa Shogunate, volunteer and professional fire fighters were watching if there is fire. When they find a fire, ring the bell inside and alarm residents and signal fire fighters depart from base station.
Japanese style 5 stories Pagoda. It is said that Pagoda was build to preserve and protect Buddha bones after he deceased. This Pagoda is located in the Center Square of 2 main buildings in Japan town. The square is good place for having lunch with your friend in weekdays. The square today was full of young Asian tourists.
The Characters written on the Wall read "Peace" in Japanese. This square is for preserving and recording what happened in the World War II to teach people how war can affect people.
Street Name is shown both in English and Japanese. This is the only place where I know the street name is shown in both languages. Maybe Los Angeles' Little Tokyo have similar arrangement. But I have not been there. I would love to visit to Little Tokyo next time when I visit Southern California.
I cannot imagine 2 countries have history of war in taking a look at this arrangement.
Inside of Japan town. It looks really like walking in some shopping mall in down town Tokyo
There are Kimono (Japanese Traditional Clothes) Shops, Japanese Traditional Dram Training Place, Japanese Antique Shops, Lots of Japanese Restaurant. Sushi!!! I love Sushi restaurant in Japan Town, San Francisco.
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