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Japantown Through The Photographer’s Lens
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Japantown Through The Photographer’s Lens

Picture of Culture Trip
Updated: 24 April 2017
Japantown in its present state is a lively bustling community within San Francisco. Ramen houses, sushi restaurants, karaoke bars, anime shops and stores full of authentic Japanese products are tightly crammed into a couple of blocks in Lower Pacific Heights. While it is normally outside of the traditional tourist circuit, the area is full of beauty and culture. Photographer Juan Romero shows us this gorgeous enclave through his camera lens.
Photography © Juan Romero
Photography | © Juan Romero

One of the most iconic images of Japantown is the Peace Pagoda, designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi as a present from the people of Osaka, Japan, the sister city of San Francisco.

Photography © Juan Romero
Photography | © Juan Romero

The pagoda is a gorgeous landmark, visible to city-goers even from a distance.

Photography © Juan Romero
Photography | © Juan Romero

The very center of Japantown showcases unique structures known as Origami Fountains. Japanese folding paper was the inspiration for the design by Ruth Asawa

Photography © Juan Romero
Photography | © Juan Romero

Inside the main centers are a variety of Japanese shops selling toys, teas, housewares, books, jewelry, and Japanese Collectibles. Sushi lovers rejoice, for there are plenty of Japanese cuisine options dotted throughout town.

Photography © Juan Romero
Photography | © Juan Romero

Don’t miss an opportunity have a cultural experience in San Francisco. Keep an eye out here for a fun reason to head over to Japantown.