Photos from New People World, the new J-pop center in SF


I finally visited New People World, the new entertainment complex in San Francisco’s Japantown. It’s small, but really cool! The shop has tons of awesome design-y Japanese things that I actually wanted to own, the cafe has delicious — albeit overpriced ($10!) — pork cutlet sandwiches, the art exhibit by Yoshitaka Amano was stunning, and I really want to go back to see the Yayoi Kusama movie at the cinema.


This is the 6% Doki Doki store, where you can buy super cute hair accessories and colorful earrings that spell out Japanese words like “arigato.”


This amazing piece of art by Yoshikata Amano was made specifically for the US showing of his exhibit, Deva Loka. It’s created much like the way a car is painted — with automotive paint on aluminum. And if you look carefully, it actually spells out “America” in katakana. アメリカ. The photo does it no justice, but all his works are strikingly bold and amazing! This one’s price tag was around $40-50K. Made me wish I had real money to spend on art.

New People World home page

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