Japan Center (San Francisco)

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Miyako Mall in San Francisco's Japan Center

The Japan Center is a shopping center in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened in March 1968 and was originally called the Japanese Cultural and Trade Center.[1] It is composed of three malls: the Kinokuniya Mall, Kintetsu Mall, and Miyako Mall. Anchor tenants include Books Kinokuniya and Sundance Kabuki Cinema.[2]

The Fuki-ya restaurant owned by Junko and Richard K. Diran is said to have been the first Robatayaki restaurant in the United States.[3]

The architecture of the site, created by Minoru Yamasaki,[4] has been described as "Brutalist slabwork."[5]

San Francisco's Peace Pagoda is on the Japan Center site.[4]


  1. ^ Western Addition A-1, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, archived from the original on January 7, 2012, retrieved 2011-12-29 
  2. ^ Japantown history, Japan Center Garage Corp., archived from the original on January 1, 2012, retrieved 2011-12-29 
  3. ^ "Gourmet Gemstones are the Specialty of the House". The Goldsmith: 64. 1983. 
  4. ^ a b Japan Center Review, Fodor's, retrieved 2011-12-29 
  5. ^ Gregory Dicum (November 4, 2007), Despite Malls, a Vital Culture, The New York Times, retrieved 2011-12-31 

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Coordinates: 37°47′06″N 122°25′48″W / 37.785°N 122.430°W / 37.785; -122.430