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Calendar, Night&Day Diplomacy Grows on Trees

Diplomacy Grows on Trees

San Francisco’s Cherry Blossom Festival is one of Northern California’s pre-eminent Asian American traditions. It sees more than 200,000 people flock to Japantown each year for what has become one of the largest celebrations of Japanese culture in the nation…
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Dining, SFoodie Belly Good Cafe's Smiley-Face Treat

Belly Good Cafe's Smiley-Face Treat

With this happy face crepe, Belly Good Cafe and Crepes might have managed the ultra-difficult feat of serving the cutest food item in all of Japan Center. The base model ($4) features a crepe "cone," a choice of eight ice…
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Dining, SFoodie Getting Schooled at Ino, and Other Acts of Discovery

Getting Schooled at Ino, and Other Acts of Discovery

We were about to put some gorgeously fatty ankimo (monkfish liver) into our mouth, but at the last second threw a sliver of pickled ginger on top. And that's where we went terribly wrong: We pissed off the chef. "No!"…
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Best of San Francisco, Shopping & Services

Best Analog Addition to Your Cell Phone

Your cell phone is naked without the artistic embellishments of renowned Chinese master craftsman Ding Zu-Yin, who practices the 4,000-year-old art of microengraving with a couple of twists: His tools are electric powered, his canvases the vital communication devices we…
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Dining, Eat Surreal Meals

Surreal Meals

Sometimes the meals you remember most vividly are not the best ones -- or even ones you actually consumed. You might shudder every time you walk past the pizza place where your boyfriend broke up with you (he continued eating…
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Dining, Eat Movie Meals

Movie Meals

It was with considerable excitement that I contemplated the program for the 46th annual San Francisco International Film Festival. Everything in life is a trade-off (an old boyfriend encapsulated this philosophy by saying, "For every 'yay,' there's a 'boo'"), and…
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Dining, Eat Maki


The dining area at Maki is about the size of a studio apartment, if you exclude the three pseudo-outdoor tables (they're not in Maki proper, but still in Japan Center's Kinokuniya Building). Peek inside, and you'll see large, conical drop…
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