Japantown in San Francisco is the largest and oldest Japanese district in the United States. Its main street is Post Street and it covers 6 blocks.
When a large earthquake destroyed San Francisco in 1906, the Japanese government donated 246,000 dollars to the city of San Francisco for its reconstruction.
Over the years there were some anti-Japanese movements with all kinds of aggression until, in the year 1942, President Roosevelt signed an executive order to expel "all persons of Japanese descent, including foreigners and nationals."
There have been many moments in San Francisco’s history in which the inhabitants of Japantown have been treated extremely harshly, but nowadays they live in perfect harmony with the rest of the city’s residents.
The Japanese district is a peaceful area with a special atmosphere. Touring its streets and getting to know the culture of its people is priceless.
Some of the most interesting places in the area are the following: