Ruth Asawa Fountains
Splash in the fountain and stay awhile: celebrated sculptor and former WWII internee Ruth Asawa designed these fountains to be lived in,...
Ikenobo Ikebana Society
The largest, oldest society outside Japan for ikebana (the Japanese art of flower-arranging) has the displays to prove it: a curly...
Kabuki Springs & Spa
Our favorite urban retreat is a spin on communal, clothing-optional Japanese baths. Scrub yourself down with salt in the steam room,...
New People Cinema
See current-release Japanese films, anime and documentaries at this underground 143-seat theater with HD projection and kick-ass sound....
Crown & Crumpet
In this cafe inside New People , designer style and rosy cheer usher tea time into the 21st century: girlfriends rehash hot dates over...
Peace Plaza, Japan Center · interesting places nearby
Peace Pagoda information
When in 1968 San Francisco's sister city of Osaka, Japan, made a gift of Yoshiro Taniguchi's five-tiered concrete stupa, the city seemed stupefied about what to do with the minimalist monument, clustering boxed shrubs around its stark nakedness. But with well-placed cherry trees and low, hewn-rock benches in the plaza, the pagoda is finally in its element, au naturel.