One of just three official Japantowns in the U.S., San Francisco's Japantown is a cultural hub brimming with original restaurants, quirky shops, and unique community. Here's where to hang when you're in the 'hood.
H&M visual merchandiser, Mark Jssn, was analyzing the (super sold out) Marni for H&M window displays when we stopped him on Powell St. Mark moved up to SF five years ago, from San Jose, and says he loves the city for, "the diversity of people and because SF is so laid back." And we love Mark's look for the nicely mixed (loose/tight) proportions and (high/low) brands.
The first time I walked off the street into Japantown's Bushi-tei, it was just to take a closer look at the majestic, live-edge communal table that almost fills up the entire street-level dining room. A glance upstairs revealed irregular, Hobbit-like slabs of wood lining the walls. Another look down popped with pairs of whittled wood spindles, serving as the most delicate of chopsticks on each table. I had to come back.
This Saturday, Japanophiles from all over the Bay will pay homage to Tokyo's Harajuku district by wearing "costumes" ranging from goth to Lolita (think Little Bo Peep). It'll be just one of many interesting sights at this year's J-Pop Summit Festival in Japantown.
While you may not want to go all-out for this one, you can still dress for the occasion by incorporating key trends: bows, Peter Pan collars, lace, Mary-Janes, platforms, and black. Luckily, many of these trends are in this fall, too. We spun the Harajuku staples into a modern, completely wearable look, with versatile separates that you'll cherish this fall.
If you've got a little Japanophile in you, you'll want to get yourself to Japantown this Saturday for Tabemasho (which means "let's eat"). You'll eat well for sure—from ohagi manju (mochi) to congee with crispy ham and uni, sushi, shabu-shabu, pickled vegetables, beef tataki with daikon (from chef Nik Balla of Nombe).
In case you haven’t heard, The City’s newly arrived pop-culture attraction New People opened over the weekend in Japantown to hoards of Harajuku lovers, anime fans and film-goers. The 20,000-square-foot complex complete with a movie theater, art gallery, café and retail shops showcasing Japanese street fashion brands is three stories of wall-to-wall eye candy (seriously, even the walls in the stairwells are worth peeking at).
We popped in yesterday for a look. Our favorite floor? Fashion-driven level 2, of course. Here are five things we loved:
1. The intriguingly coquettish pastel-hued lace parasols at Baby, The Stars Shine Bright.