A city worth celebrating!

What if immigrants from Japan came to rebuild San Francisco after it was wrecked by the 1906 earthquake, and rebuilt it with the technology and architecture of Tokyo? That was the beginning of San Fransokyo, the setting of Big Hero 6.

I come from the Fog City, so I was flattered to see this alternate future version of my favorite city. Of course, that's not what really happened, but we certainly have been influenced by the Japanese. Actually, after the 1906 earthquake, many Japanese immigrants moved to an unharmed district called the Western Addition. It became known as Nihonmachi, or Japantown, because they brought a very Japanese character there, and is the largest of only three Japantowns in the United States today!

Another notable Japanese feature of San Francisco is the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The garden features an arch bridge, pagodas and a tea room. And every March through April, the iconic cherry trees bloom. We also have the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which contains Japanese paintings and sculptures. Other than that, we have all sorts of Japanese food, entertainment and people! Sugoi!

That brings me to my next point: A week before the theatrical release of Big Hero 6, the entire City threw a party. But it was not for the movie. It was for our baseball team, the Giants, who won the 2014 World Series! When I first saw Tadashi Hamada's San Fransokyo Ninjas cap, I thought, "How delightfully coincidental. Their real world inspirations are champions, and I root for them."

Now I write this blog post on February 24, 2015. Big Hero 6 has now been released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy. What's more exciting? It just brought home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film! And Feast, the short that preceded it in theaters, got the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film!

San Francisco is home to the Wikimedia Foundation, so it holds a place in the hearts of Wikians. It also has the Walt Disney Family Museum, which houses artifacts from the life of Walt Disney. And believe it or not, Mickey Mouse and friends from the Disneyland Resort appear at the famous Pier 39 every November for its Christmas tree lighting!

With that, I propose a toast to San Francisco, to San Fransokyo, and to Big Hero 6Kanpai!!!