San Francisco: The Japantown.
Japan definitely is one of my must-go destination sometimes in the future. Nonetheless, that is also one of the more expensive dream to make it into reality. So for now, I would happily settled with Nihonmachi, or Japantown in SF that enabled me to experience just a hint of nippon colours.
As you can probably tell, we were there during the sunset hours, so the photos look dark and gloomy.
Spanning only a few blocks, Japantown isn't as huge as in Chinatown of SF. The heart of Japantown is the Japan Centre (not shown in photo), fairly non-descript on the outside but filled with delectable restaurants and sushi bars, shops, open courtyards, specialty stores, and a Kinokuniya bookstore. This mall serves as a concentrated expression of Japanese culture in the middle of SF.
One of the more interesting points-of-interest is the five-tiered Peace Pagoda, a gift from Japan.
Nothing would fascinate me more, than these Cherry Blossom trees.
So now I can proudly say, yes, I have seen sakura before! Oh, how proud! =)