The Invisible Becomes Visible is a mural created and organized by Edythe Boone a local artist and community activist. The mural, created in 2018, highlights the timeline of South Berkeley from history of the Ohlone Indians, to the internment of Japanese-Americans, the fair housing act, people’s free food program, and protecting Ohlone sacred sites. This project was directed and supported by the Friends of Adeline that originated in 2015 and began by interviewing community members and recording their stories. The mural is located on the corner of Ashby & Ellis across the South Berkeley Senior Center and one block west of Ashby BART.
Friends of Adeline are a diverse group of South Berkeley residents, businesses, and nonprofits working to make Berkeley a more inclusive, and just place for all people. Purpose: 1. We Shall Determine Our Own Future 2. Affordable Housing is A Right 3. Development Must Be Used To Increase The Health Of Our Community 4. South Berkeley Jobs, Businesses, and Nonprofits Should Benefit Existing Residents Of All Income Groups, Backgrounds, and Ages 5. The Arts Are Integral To Our Culture and History As A Community.
In the Northeast corner of Tokyo lies Arakawa City which is called the “City of Manufacturing.” But it also has a rich history, culture, and charm. Some of the features of Arakawa are the Toden Arakawa Line or Sakura Line which is the only streetcar in Tokyo, Arakawa Yuen an amusement park, and the Sumida River. Arakawa City is where one can experience everyday life in Tokyo.
This mural at fountain alley in downtown San Jose was painted by Lili Gemellos. Lili is a muralist in San Jose who has painted San Pedro Square, Bank of Italy, and Museum of Modern Art around downtown San Jose. The dripping paint of the mural symbolizes the melting of cultures in San Jose.
Shimokitazawa is a mini town in Setagaya, Tokyo with small and independently owned stores and businesses. There are many vintage shops and second-hand clothing, stylish cafes, small theaters, and unique snacks. One section of Shimokitazawa are decorated by mural artists. The business owners asked artists to draw murals on the shutters to brighten the neighborhood.
Christmas in the Park, a non-profit organization in San Jose, is a yearly holiday tradition consisting of over 40 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights, community decorated trees, and the 60-foot Community Giving Tree. For over 40 years 750,000 people annually visit the holiday decorations from all over the Bay Area and beyond. The history of Christmas in the Park started when Don Lima owner of Lima Family Mortuary in San Jose built a Nativity display in front of his business. Eventually the displays and the crowds grew bigger and bigger so in the 1970s Lima donated the displays to the City of San Jose. Since 2012 Christmas in the Park took full ownership of this event with assistance from the city with paid staff and countless volunteers to make this event a success every year.
Cobre painting a mural (his son) at Pow Wow San Jose 2019. The mural is at UA 393 Union Hall, 6293 Ignacio Ave San Jose, CA. powwowsanjose.com
Andres Iglesias AKA Cobre is a self taught muralist from Santa Fe, Argentina. He started painting by tagging, making letters, and characters anywhere. Andres roots are as a filmmaker and animator but painting was his passion and he developed it into an art form through much practice. Cobre’s style is realism and he has painted Robin Williams in San Francisco, Mario Benedetti in Uruguay, and Frida Kahlo back home in Argentina. He has also painted in Dubai, France, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United States.
I visited Le Bage Bagel Shop in Yanaka by chance walking through Yanaka in Tokyo. Photograph of owner.
The Le Bage Bagel Shop is a good place to stop in a quiet neighborhood of Yanaka. The store originated in Nara and moved to Tokyo in 2017.
The business is committed to quality by using 100% Hokkaido domestic wheat blended with raw sugar from Kagoshima Prefecture and salt from Brittany, France. The bagel has a unique sweet honey flavor which is quite delicious.
Bagel are said to have originated in Poland in the 17th century. They are baked and boiled before baking. The basic ingredients of bagels are wheat flour, salt, water, and yeast.
The unique flavors of Le Bage Bagel Shop make it stand out like: wheat, rye, pumpkin, black sesame, lemon tea, fig, dukkah, matcha white chocolate, matcha bean paste, mugwort bean paste, and curry.
If you are visiting the Yanaka area in Tokyo I recommend you please visit.
2-5-13 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo BAGLE SHOP Le bage
The Takayama morning market is one of the largest in Japan. The Jinya-mae market is located on the Miyagawa River from Kaji bashi Bridge to Yayoi bashi Bridge in Takayama. The market holds about 60 farmers or vendors who sells fruits, vegetables, pickles, spices, sweets, foods, drinks, and crafts among other things. Jinya-mae market originated over 300 years ago when silk farmers sold mulberry trees. The Takayama morning market is open from April to November from 7:00 to noon and December to March from 8:00 to noon. It is a 10 minute walk from JR Takayama Station.
25 years at SAP Center San Jose celebrates the performers and artists who performed at the Center during that time. Included in the mural are local ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi, popular singer Adele, norteno group Los Tigres del Norte from San Jose, gymnast Simone Biles, the San Jose Sharks, rapper E-40, and legendary singer Elton John. The San Jose mural was organized by Empire Seven E7, an contemporary art gallery located in San Jose advocating for local/global artists and painted by the Los Angeles based The Draculas who focuses on illustration-based projects that find inspiration in narrative.
(L-R) Jaime Medina, Lety Medina, Kayla Medina, and Alexandra Medina
The Medina Berry Farm, a family owned business since 1980, was started by Angelica Medina in Watsonville, CA and they grow delicious strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Lety Medina, Angelica’s sister, assists the business with her family. Both Angelica and Lety Medina sell the berries at local farmers markets in the greater San Francisco Bay Area such as San Jose, San Francisco, and Cupertino. Angelica’s husband Pedro grows the berries at their berry farm in Watsonville.