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Japan

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Fly From Tokyo to SFO in 83 Seconds (VIDEO)

    If only it were that quick and easy to trot around the globe. An air passenger recently documented his/her flight from Tokyo to San Francisco, showing the long-ass flight that, thanks to technology, only appeared to take 83 seconds. This is an impressive showing, considering it takes about 10-plus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    This Week: Deadmau5 vs. Arcade Fire, Morrissey vs. Canada, and Avril Lavigne vs. the World

    "Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."Judging by the letter Barack and Michelle Obama ju ... More >>

  • Music

    April 23, 2014
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    July 9, 2013

    Japan Flight Headed for San Francisco Turns Around After Warning Flashed in Cockpit

    Early this morning Japan Airlines announced that a Boeing 777 bound for San Francisco-bound returned to Tokyo hours after taking off because the cockpit's warning light flashed alerting the pilots that the hydraulic level was too low. The plane, which was carrying 236 passengers and 13 crew member ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013
  • Film

    March 27, 2013
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    March 22, 2013

    Check Out This Mesmerizing Video Tracking Foursquare Check-Ins in NYC and Tokyo

    So, this is pretty cool: Foursquare has pulled together all its data to condense a year's worth of check-ins in New York City and Tokyo into one 24-hour time-frame. The video is visually mesmerizing in itself, in the same way that the iTunes music visualizer is mesmerizing (we can only imagine how w ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 7, 2012
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    October 3, 2012
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    January 30, 2012

    Is American Sushi on the Decline? Some Say Yes.

    ​It's no surprise that when the Washington Post brings a storied, Japan-trained sushi chef to a neighborhood, fusion-happy sushi restaurant, he doesn't like what he's eating. What is interesting, though, are the reasons why. It's not necessarily the fact that most of the sushi rolls are covered in ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 13, 2011
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    April 27, 2011
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    April 7, 2011

    Earthquake Hits Japan Again, No Tsunami Warning for S.F.

    Another tsunami warning in Japan​Sadly, Japan was shaken again by another earthquake Thursday night, and is now under the threat of a tsunami, a month after it was devastated by an 9.0 earthquake and a tsunami that killed more than 25,000 people. Buildings as far away as Tokyo reportedly shook for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Bakesale for Japan Rallies Support for Disaster Relief

    Albert Law/porkbellystudio.comBi-Rite Market was one of dozens of nationwide locations of Saturday's Bakesale for Japan.​Organized by local chef Samin Nosrat, Saturday's Bakesale for Japan popped up in moe than 40 locations across the country, including Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street, shown her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Sunday: Fabric8 Hosts a Benefit for Japan with Art, Food, and Beer

    Erik Otto​Japan Fundraiser Where: Fabric8, 3318 22nd St. (at Valencia), 647-5888 When: Sun., Apr. 3, noon-5 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: The Mission art gallery is selling raffle tickets for art (most pieces created by Japanese or Japanese American artists) and gift certificates (including ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Tommy Guerrero and Umamimart Present a Japan Relief Show at the Burritt Room

    Guerrero: Doin' his part for Japan.​In just the latest of several Japan earthquake benefit shows to hit S.F., local skater/musical mastermind Tommy Guerrero has announced plans with the food and drink lovers over at Umamimart for a special event at the Crescent Hotel's Burritt Room. Guerrero, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Japanese Tsunami Debris: Will It Trash Our Beaches?

    How many volunteers will this cleanup take?​There are so many alarming side effects to the Japanese nuclear leak -- tainted rainwater, polluted air samples, and let's not forget the possibility of radiation in your milk. But while we are so preoccupied with these immediate hazards, we have yet to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Japan Benefit Highlights the Highball

    Umamimart​The Gift Of Food: A Benefit for Japan Where: Burritt Room at the Crescent Hotel, 417 Stockton (at Sutter), 400-0500 When: Tue., April 5, 8.p.m -1 a.m. Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door; proceeds benefit Second Harvest Japan The rundown: Umamimart, the food blog founded by l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Bakesale for Japan Update

    ​Bakesale for Japan Where: Multiple Bay Area locations When: Sat., April 2, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cost: Items priced individually The rundown: Since we last checked in, Samin Nosrat's Bakesale for Japan has snowballed, with dozens of locations spanning the Bay Area, Southern California, the Paci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Japan Crisis Escalates, S.F. to Join Nation in Candlelight Vigil

    It's the least we could do ​As news spread on Friday that Japan is facing a possible breach at the troubled nuclear plant, San Francisco residents and politicians decided they would show their support with a candlelight vigil Monday after sunset. Media outlets are reporting that radioactive contam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Morning Benders Release Japan Echo EP for Earthquake Relief

    ​File this under super-cool ways to benefit the struggling, earthquake-torn nation on the other side of Ocean Beach: the Morning Benders, the Berkeley-via-Brooklyn indie-pop quartet that basically took the world by storm last year, has released an EP whose sales will go exclusively to benefit the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Yoshi's S.F. Announces Japan Benefit with Anthony Brown's Asian American Jazz Orchestra

    As the full scope of the Japan Earthquake disaster comes into view, everyone with a connection to Japan -- and many without one -- are pitching in to help as best they can. Count among those the San Francisco music venue and restaurant Yoshi's, whose Japan benefit event will feature live ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Japan Relief Fundraiser Tonight: Win a Bike Ride with David Chiu

    Photo by Greg Dewar Pedaling, but not for politics ​Maybe it's the last thing you could imagine doing -- spending one-on-one time with your city supervisors. Imagine lunching with Supervisor Malia Cohen (what would you talk about?), or taking a trip to the Academy of Sciences with the perennially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Chronicle Books Bake Sale Raises Over $7,800 for Japan

    ​Yesterday's Chronicle Books Bakesale to Help Japan? Some three dozen bakers ended up donating treats (staff, spouses, and neighbors, as well as Poco Dolce, Sweet Constructions, and Angel Cakes), says CB's David Hawk, netting just over $2,300. Chronicle Books doubled that figure for its donati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Tonight: Off the Grid Selling T-Shirts for Japan Quake Relief

    ​Not the best weather for an outdoor food-truck fest, maybe, but Off the Grid Fort Mason Center is dangling another incentive* for the waterproof who show up at tonight's season opener: T-shirts for Japan. OtG's Matt Cohen tells SFoodie he'll be selling shirts rocking the new Off the Grid logo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Radiation Levels Monitored on Japan-California Flights

    Old-school decontamination​U.S. Customs and Border Protection is monitoring radiation levels on airplanes, cargo, and passengers on flights inbound to West Coast cities from Japan, federal officials said today.In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said officials were seeking to "evaluate t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Today: Order the Quail at Nombe, Help Japan's Quake Relief

    Angela W./YelpNombe's chicken wings, a previous donation vehicle.​Another restaurant raising money for Japan quake relief: Nombe. Actually, Nombe started collecting donations last Saturday, day after the first full day of news about the tragedy broke over CNN. Co-owner Mari Takahashi says the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Chronicle Books Organizing Bake Sale for Japan Quake Relief

    Chronicle Books​As reported earlier today, Samin Nosrat is planning an epic series of simultaneous bake sales April 2 to raise funds for Japan disaster relief. In the meantime, Chronicle Books is stepping up with a sale of its own this Monday, Mar. 21, in its lobby at 680 Second Street in SOMA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Ebisu/Hotei Donating Part of This Week's Proceeds to Japan Quake Relief

    Ebisu​Another S.F. restaurant is stepping up for Japanese disaster relief. From a message on Ebisu's website: All of us are saddened and concerned to have learned about the destruction of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake which has devastated areas of Japan. Many of us and our staff have family and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Tsunami Relief: Here Is How to Help

    Help!​Images of the earthquake that devastated eastern Japan on Friday still haunt us; the death toll is rising by the day, and threats of a nuclear meltdown lingers.  Naturally, San Franciscans are flooding organizations with phone calls, curious about where and how they can help victims in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Tsunami Doesn't Affect San Francisco: An Eyewitness Account

    Ocean Beach​The call came just before 7 a.m. A concerned friend, who has lived in San Francisco less than a year, wanted to alert me that a deadly tsunami was headed my way. After devastating the northern coast of Japan, the tsunami -- generated by a staggering 8.9-magnitude earthquake in the Paci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    ICHI Donating Part of Tonight's Proceeds to Japanese Earthquake Relief

    CNNGrounded ship in the port of Hitachinaka in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture.​The 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern Japan late last night has been felt here, too ― in Bernal Heights. ICHI Sushi's Erin Archuleta tells SFoodie the restaurant is accepting Red Cross donations tonight, p ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    What Exactly Is an Izakaya? An Interview with Umamimart's Yoko Kumano

    jetalone/FlickrAn izakaya in Tokyo.​The more restaurants calling themselves "izakaya" that I eat at in the Bay Area, the more I'm convinced that the title simply indicates a new style of American Japanese neighborhood restaurant. That's no diss, mind you, and I'm delighted with the creativity that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    See 'Live From Tokyo,' Then Watch J-Rock Bands Play Live From Tokyo

    Japanese experimental-rock duo Kirihito​This, folks, has been a big year for Japanese rock in the U.S. -- and in the Bay Area. We recently witnessed local shows from X Japan and Dir en grey, two big-time rock groups from the island nation that are still struggling to break into the U.S. despite ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    X Japan's Sugizo Wants to Save the Whales

    Sugizo​Following up on an interview we did a couple of years ago when he was here with Juno Reactor, we sat down with new X Japan guitarist Sugizo backstage after the band's recent show at the Fox Theater. Always an engaging interview subject, and frequently very funny (he claims that the other me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Beef Curry, Japanese Style: Muracci's vs. Volcano

    Jonathan KauffmanVolcano's beef curry, $6.95.​Modern-day diners may spot a box of Golden Curry at Nijiya Market and assume Japanese importers brought curry back from the port of Kolkota, or perhaps it arrived through trade with Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. But the story of Japanese curry is even twis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Tokyo Go-Go: Daily Deals and a Velvet-Rope Vibe

    Michelle G./YelpDesign details give Tokyo Go-Go its proto-L.A. ambience.​The place: Tokyo Go-Go, 3174 16th St. (at Albion), 864-2288 The hours: Mon.-Sat., 5:30-7 p.m.; Sun., 5-6:30 p.m. The deals: Hand rolls, pints, and hot sake, $3.50; well drinks, $4; fancy cocktails, $5 The digs: Self-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    With Rice Paddy Art, Japanese Village Creates Tourist Bonanza

    Shiho Fukada/New York TimesImages are "painted" using thousands of rice plants genetically engineered to have different hues.​In Inkadate, a village in rural northern Japan, rice is not just an important crop, a staple, it's a medium for intricate, colorful paddy art that might make Christo or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Twitter Scores All-Time High During World Cup Final

    What's Spanish for 'Tweet'?​There are no stats on how many of the tweets simply said, "Goooooaaaaalllll"!But, during the last 15 minutes of Sunday's World Cup final, Twitterers set a new record -- a sustained 2,000 tweets per second, the San Francisco-based company has announced.

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Wednesday's Pick: 'Ozu on Sentimental Tokyo' at VIZ Cinema

    "Ozu on Sentimental Tokyo"The Only Son, 5 p.m.Early Spring, 7 p.m.VIZ Cinema$8-$10In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it's hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood's summer onslaught of infantile antics and empty explosions. A director of exquisitely elemental films - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Cook's Journey to Japan Author Reading at Omnivore

    Sarah Marx Feldner​Publishers Weekly describes Sarah Marx Feldner, author of A Cook's Journey to Japan: Fish Tales and Rice Paddies (Tuttle Publishing, $27.95), as a "Japanophile." While the label was probably applied without any intended negative connotations, we read that and immediately th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Tokyo Ramen from Suzu Noodle House

    Marti L./YelpPurists, avert your eyes.​As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Snacktion: Higo Daiko

    T. Palmer​Name: Higo Daiko Brand: Noda Origin: Japan Found at: Nippon-ya (1737 Post, in Japan Center) Cost: $2.10 Ingredients: Can anyone read kanji? Calories per serving: Not listed The word: Peanuts coated in dried sugar syrup, salt, and chili powder. Tasting notes: The combination of spicy, sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Backstage Q&A: Dir en grey at the Fillmore

    ​Dark, emotional and deliberately disturbing, Japan's Dir en grey make alt rock and metal for the kind of people who'd normally be found at goth shows. With a solid base of deeply devoted fans, they're a genuine international cult phenomenon, pulling in audiences from all over the world. Followi ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Snacktion: Camembert Cheese Cookies

    T. Palmer​Name: Camembert Cheese CookiesBrand: Nature Sect Origin: JapanFound at: Nippon-ya (1737 Post at Buchanan)Cost: $4.95Ingredients: Wheat flour, butter, sugar, canola oil, soybean oil, palm oil, cream cheese, Camembert cheese powder, egg, salt, spices, artificial flavors.Calories per servin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 30, 2009
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    August 18, 2009

    Want Cheese with That Pork Katsu? Volcano Curry Offers Vivid Possibilities

    Girl Journalist/Flickr A couple of katsu curries. In Japan, the bakery chains common to department stores and train stations usually do a variation of kare-pan, a squishy oblong roll injected, jelly doughnut-style, with mystery-meat curry. It's a culinary concoction emblematic of Japan's nati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2009

    Masturbate-A-Thon 2009 Champion Masanobu Sato Speaks

    Well, it's been a week since Masanobu Sato blew away his own masturbating world record at the 9th Annual Masturbate-a-thon, held by the Center for Sex & Culture last Saturday. This guy was a pro, bringing an arsenal of masturbating aids from the Japanese sex product company he works for.  L ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009
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