Saturday, March 28, 2009

San Francisco 49 miles Scenic Drive -3

Next area where this 49 miles Scenic Drive takes you after leaving San Francisco City Hall is Japan town. As many cities, San Francisco city area is full of one way road. Geary Street in down town goes to west. Turn left at Geary Street and drive several minutes, you will start to see Japan Town's Main Buildings consisting of Kinokuniya Building, Miyako-mall, Kabuki Theater Buildings. First you will see to your right from Geary Street is Japanese Style Pagoda with 5 layer roofs as the picture above left.

Since all the Japanese Americans lived here were brought into camps in World War II, and most of them did not come back here. Now not so many Japanese American family are living here. This place is for historical monument and Japanese restaurant and souvenir shops. But for Japanese and Japanese Americans this place is still convenient place to eat Sushi and buy Japanese staff.

There are several historical monument in this area right picture shows all the Japanese and Japanese Americans' hope for Peace engraved on the wall of in the square of 5 layer roof Pagoda.

There are some interesting views in the area. It may be the few places in US where road names were shown both in English and Japanese as shown in the last picture below left.

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Peter Baca said...


Very interesting post about Japan town! Your blog gives a locals view of San Francisco.

When I am in San Francisco, I will check it out! I bet the sushi is good!

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Shaw said...

Hi Pete,

Thank you for your comment. I guarantee you Sushi here is good. Try inexpensive Chinese Restaurants. You will find San Francisco facinating.

Thanks, again.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. it's lovely being shown round Japan town in San Francisco .. and it is good that they've made an historical area to remember that difficult episode.

Also it is interesting to see the road signs in both lanaguages .. even if Buchanan is such a Scottish name!

Thanks - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

I did not know Buchanan is a Scottish Name. San Francisco is melting pot of cultures. That I believe makes this area and country unique and cozy for everybody.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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