Archive for the ‘Japantown’ Category

Benkyodo’s slogan reads, “Confections that win affections,” and they’ve definitely won me over many times. The Japanese confectionery specializes in fresh mochi and manju, which are made daily by hand. It’s easy to confuse mochi for manju, but the difference is actually pretty simple: Mochi – a sticky rice cake that is made from pounding steamed mochi […]


Music is an art form that I feel is best enjoyed live on a stage.  That said, San Francisco is home to some of the finest live music and concert venues, and The Fillmore is one of them. Walk in and you’re immersed in music history. The walls are covered with photographs and posters from […]


Shōchū is a popular Japanese liquor distilled from rice and other grains. It’s very similar to the Korean drink soju — the two are often used interchangeably. Both have become increasingly popular, especially in San Francisco. Many bars and restaurants with only beer and wine licenses have been stocking sake and soju, and crafting complex […]


Being that my ethnicity is that of somewhere in or around Asia and the Pacific Rim (I still don’t know if I’m Asian, Pacific Islander, or just Filipino, but that’s never on any forms), I like to think that I’m quite familiar with the social behavior of peers in my generation. One such defining behavior […]


Film season is here, and the 52nd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday April 23 and runs until May 7 in theaters across the city. Boasting over 150 films from all over the world, there is definitely something for everyone. The festival covers all types of film including world cinema, reborn […]


This weekend, April 11-22, is the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown. Over 20,000 people attend this even every year, and it’s a great way to spend the day with the whole family. The Street Fair will include a food bazaar, featuring traditional Japanese cuisine and cooking demonstrations, a Japanese traditional arts and […]


Playground is the type of place where you can go with no purpose and end up having a great night out. It may be in Japantown, but it is all Korean. By trade, it’s a Korean restaurant, bar, and karaoke lounge. By reputation, it’s whatever you want it to be. The fact that it’s three […]