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Japantown / San Francisco

A stroll through Japantown, or Nihonmachi, in San Francisco, CA. Everything photographed below exists in or near to the area known as Japan Center in the Western Addition District of San Francisco. Quick history: in the 1870s, folks from San Fran started to move into the area. Then, the area was mostly unharmed by the earthquake and subsequent fire in 1906, so even more folks (especially Japanese) ended up there. Land was scarce. Businesses needed space, so owners started to raise property to house commercial space under their living quarters. This was the beginning of Japantown. From the website, “Today, nearly 12,000 Japanese Americans live in San Francisco and approximately 80,000 live in the greater Bay Area.” On this half-day tour, join us as we discover some of Japantown’s brilliant foods, toys, paper foldings, fascinating grocery signs, a wooden Vader helmet, and much more. 


About Taylor Lasseigne

Taylor Lasseigne has written 87 post(s) for Slices of America.

Taylor Lasseigne – Slices of America Webmaster / I was born and raised in the south Louisiana coastal parish of Lafourche. There, I was exposed to the good Cajun people, a bounty of amazing foods, an easygoing way of life, and a lush “sportsman’s paradise” where I first learned to appreciate nature. From a young age, I always showed interest in music. In my college years, after percolating through several state schools, I took a position as a high school music teacher in New Orleans. While music education is my calling, photography has always been a fun escape for me. I enjoy peering through a lens to document our world, and I hope that I can continue to share this pastime with others through Slices of America. / e-mail: taylor at

  • Peggy Guerin

    Absolutely one of my favorite places, ever!! Your photos took me back. Thanks!