Foot traffic wanes in Japantown (Photo Gallery)

March 29, 2021

One of the staples of San Francisco since 1906, Japantown brings a small slice of Japanese culture to the city. 

This once bustling mall may soon be a part of history, with stores shuttering from the pandemic and a landlord unwilling to negotiate rent. Businesses are doing what they can to stay afloat, but it remains unclear what will become of the mall if the stores close for good — especially in the West Mall, home to Restaurant Row and various stores that sell uniquely Japanese products. 

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