But Japantown’s still got some good shopping, decent-if-not-spectacular food (my favorite Japanese places in SF are actually both in the Mission, curiously enough), and bits of culture high and low. I like the Japanese supermarket and the Super 7 toy and design gallery, among other places… if you like Japanese stuff, like the oh-so-stylish pop cultural ephemera which have captured the world’s heart in the past decade or two, you’ll find stuff you like here.
It’s particularly interesting given that so few Japanese people actually live here nowadays (it never recovered from the internment, like most Japanese centers in California). They certainly come back in droves to shop on the weekends.
Go during one of its several festivals for a good time.over 5 years ago