SEARCH: Japantown

by Emerian Rich


Away from the main shopping district, BART train, and Muni system, Japantown is often an overlooked part of San Francisco some people don’t even know is there.

Tucked away behind non-descript buildings, the only clue to its presence from the main Geary Street thoroughfare is the Peace Pagoda piercing up through the cityscape in Peace Plaza.

Japantown (also known as Nihonmachi) was part of the Western Addition built after the 1906 Earthquake. In the 1968, the Peace Pagoda was installed, a five-tiered concrete stupa given as a gift from sister city Osaka, Japan. Although Peace Pagoda may be the only recognizable landmark you can see from the street, Japantown actually covers six square city blocks.

Japantown celebrates two major festivals…continue reading the Spring issue of SEARCH Magazine.

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