February 10, 2020 Article form East Bay Times
Every spring, San Francisco’s Japantown blushes with tender pink petals, not the Article least bit shy to show off for the hundreds of thousands who flock to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival of music, food and culture. Others are drawn to the Nihonmachi Street Fair in the fall and the occasional Japanese film or J-Pop bash.
But much of the time, most folks drive right by with nary a glance at the giant Peace Pagoda that rises up alongside Geary Boulevard near Fillmore Street, leaving Japantown as a private playground for those in the know. If you haven’t been to this off-the-beaten-tourist-path neighborhood, you’re missing out on a delightful day trip. You could be dipping into Japanese culture, art, karaoke, fashion, oodles of noodles and maybe even some hot springs.