Nijiya Market at the Japan Center, San Francisco

by Stevie on December 30, 2010

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beautiful Peace Pagoda at the Japan Center

beautiful Peace Pagoda at the Japan Center

It is a wonderful experience to visit the beautiful Japan Center in San Francisco. There you can have a tasty meal at any of the numerous delightful Japanese restaurants, browse the shops for beautiful furniture imports, teapots, Japanese paintings, bonsai plants or even expensive plastic sushi models. If you’re feeling more reflective, you can sit in Peace Plaza and gaze tranquilly at the dramatic Peace Pagoda. You can even catch the latest movie at the Kabuki Theatre. But if you’re with us, then we’re probably headed for Nijiya Market.

Nijiya is a Japanese supermarket chain that started out in San Diego. You can find them in Northern and Southern California as well as two locations in Hawaii. They have everything that you could want for making excellent Japanese or Japanese-inspired creations in your own home. We love this place.

Usually we get staples like rice, dried wakame and nori paper, various kinds of shoyu (soy sauce), miso paste, ultra fresh sushi-grade fish, sake, tofu, etc. I really like Japanese crackers. Have you seen them? They’re the ones that look like colorful little puffs that have a sweet, savory and seafood taste. Sometimes the better ones come with tiny dried fish mixed in. Another fun thing to snack on while passing the afternoon at the Japan Center is mochi, these mildly sweet rice cakes which are often filled with things like sweet red beans. I am especially drawn to the mochi that are covered in sesame seeds. They’ve a wonderful texture and taste.

Nijiya Market in San Francisco

Nijiya Market in San Francisco


colorful holiday treats

colorful holiday treats

a wide selection of miso paste

a wide selection of miso paste

some premade lunches ready to eat

some premade lunches ready to eat

sushi grade fish

sushi grade fish

ultra fresh veggies at Nijiya Market

ultra fresh veggies at Nijiya Market


Nijiya has a small but very high quality section for fresh fruit and vegetables. The store also sells pre-made lunches like sushi and various kinds of seafood salads.

Nijiya Market is always crowded. Plan to go when you don’t feel that rushed. They offer so much that you’ll want to take your time and really explore.

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hamptontoes December 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I need to go grocery shopping with you! I can tell that you sink your teeth into creating delights for the developed palette! Here in NY, my favorite grocery store is Fairway…huge fan of that place…I smile every time I go there!

Peter A Brown February 10, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I am a hobby wood turner in the United Kingdom and want to construct something different. I am looking to construct a Japanese Pagoda from wood turned on a lathe only. Having searched various designs, the Peace pagoda would appear to offer the best solution. Can you tell me where I can obtain some more detailed photos of it please. If I need permission for this, it will only be a model about 60cm tall, then to whom do I apply.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Peter A Brown.

Heguiberto February 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi Peter,
This peace pagoda was presented to San Francisco by the city of Osaka in Japan. It is located in the Japan Center area at a beautiful square.
I think it is okay to reproduce it without a permission. I did a search o google for peace pagoda images you can see some images of the SF pagoda in different angles:
https://www.google.com/search?q=peace+pagoda+japan+center&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=oew3T4DoAuegiQKbma2sCg&ved=0CEYQsAQ&biw=1333&bih=645

I hope this helps, good luck with your craft :)
Heguiberto

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