Sunday, March 29, 2009

San Francisco 49 miles Scenic Drive -4

Since Japan Town is one of my favorite place, forgive me, readers, to park in the basement garage of Japan Town Buildings, and walk around a little bit to show you insight of Japan Town uploading some pictures taken in Japan Town.

First Picture left is the close-up shot of the 5 layer roof Japanese Style Pagoda. Instead of Japanese ones are all wooden built, this is all concrete architecture.
But it still is Buddhism Pagoda, carrying the message for love and peace.

This place is small square where the people working in Japan Town can take lunch out. Some times you can see Asian people playing Japanese style or Chinese style Chess. The picture right is main road go through Japan Town. The tower is built copying Japanese traditional Fire Watching Tower. There are Japanese Shops around here.

Picture below left is World War II Japanese American Monument on the same street as above. Each of 4 side of this stone shows 1. Immigration Started, 2. Building Base of Living, 3. Started to Enjoy Living Here, and 4. War destroyed their Living and Enjoyment. The message says "Please rest in peace. We will not make such a mistake again."

The last picture below left shows inside of Japan Town Buildings. There are many restaurant and shops and I cannot show them all here. Sushi, Sashimi, Benihana BBQ, Tempura, you name it you have it. The picture is the shop selling Japanese potteries and ceramics with traditional Japanese paintings and arts. If you are familiar with Japanese Potteries, it is Mashiko.

There are some shops and groups who are providing training for Japanese Dance, language, Origami, Drams, Musics, etc... Occasionally, these groups hold a booth in Japan Town Buildings and serve tea and talk with people visiting here. They are very friendly. It is great place to hear Japanese Accent English explaining Japanese traditions and histories.

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Giovanna Garcia said...

What a wonderful post on Japaness town. Now that I see it on your post, I can't wait to go see it in person. You did a great job on photos and stories.
Thank you,
Giovanna Garcia
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Shaw said...

Hello Giovanna,

Thank you for your comment. Please take a moment to see it yourself. I guarantee that you will love San Francisco.

Thanks again.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. What's the difference between Japanese & Chinese & the western game of chess?

I liked the 5 layer Buddhism Pagoda .. carrying the message for love and peace; while the words on the Japanese American monument with the words .. "Please rest in peace. We will not make the same mistake again". Let's hope so ..

Thanks Shaw for showing us Japanese Town ..

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

Thank you for your comment. Western, Japanese, and Chinese chess are alike, but slightly different in many ways. Such as Japanese chess can use enemy pones gained, etc... I do hope peace prevails in the world as you say.

Thanks again!
Shaw Funami
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