San Francisco 2012
Air view of San Francisco, photographed in June 2012 by Dr. J. Miyamoto.
San Francisco is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and
the San Francisco
Bay Area, a region of 7.6 million people, which includes San Jose and Oakland.
Today, San Francisco is one of the top tourist destinations around the
world, ranking 35th out
of 100 most visited cities worldwide, and is renowned for its cool summers,
fog, steep rolling hills,
eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate
Bridge, cable cars, and
its Chinatown. The city is also a principal banking and finance center,
and the home to more than
30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco
rank 8th in the United States.
San Francisco is located along the sea coast, surrounded by water, with
the cool-summer Mediterranean
climate. It is generally characterized by moist warm winters and dry summers.
San Francisco's weather
is strongly influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean, which
moderates temperature swings
and produces a remarkably mild year-round climate with little seasonal
Financial District, Bay Bridge (San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge) and Port
of San Francisco
(L) A cable car and street car in San Francisco
(R) This Landsat map shows San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco
Bay Area, that separates
the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
San Francisco Earthquake
Telegraph Hill is primarily a residential area, much quieter than adjoining
North Beach with its bustling
cafes and nightlife. Aside from Coit Tower, Lillian Coit Memorial Tower,
is well known for its gardens
flowing down Filbert Street to Levi Plaza. It is a 64-meter tower in the
Telegraph Hill in San Francisco.
The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built in 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock
Coit's bequest to
beautify the city of San Francisco.
Coit Tower viewed from Filbert Street and from a hotel on the O'Farrell
Street, downtown San Francisco.
Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, photographed by Dr. J. Miyamoto in 1960.
(L) A group of high-school students visiting a Coit Tower (R) Coit Tower
elevator in a historical style
Murals of Coit Tower
Murals of Coit Tower
Ocean Beach runs along the west coast of San Francisco, at the Pacific
Ocean. It is located next
to Golden Gate Park. The Great Highway runs alongside the beach. The distance
to the downtown
is about 12 kms, and it is easily accessible by N-Munu line. The beach
is a part of the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area, which is administered by the National Park
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Ocean Beach ad dune, San Francisco
(L) Ocean Beach ad dune, San Francisco (R) Great Highway alongside Ocean
Chinatown, San Francisco
Chinatown, San Francisco: The language spoken is Chinese.
Chinatown, San Francisco: The prices of goods are not expensive.
Steep Streets in the City
(L) Lombard Street, a crooked street in 1962 and (R) a city view from the place over the Stockton Street tunnel in 1960:
These pictures were taken by Dr. Junhaku Miyamoto.
(L) Stockton Street tunnel 2012
(R) A sharp slope is the symbol of the town in San Francisco, with the
maximum of 31.5% grade
(L) Historic street clock and town in slope (R) A three-wheeler vehicle
in a town of San Francisco
(L) You may see a designed painted wall of a house on the hillside of San
(R) This picture shows Boutique shops along Fillmore Street in Pacific
Heights Pacific Heights is located in one of
the most scenic and park-like settings, offering panoramic views of the
Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay.
Downtown San Francisco
A street clock, a cable car and ladies, Union Square
Good days in old San Francisco: All above three photos were taken by DR.
J. Miyamoto, in June 1960.
(L) Johnny Foley's Irish Pub & Restaurant on the O'Farrell St. San
(R) A street clock is still observed in the town of San Francisco. It was
so when first visited the city in 1960.
Tad's Steakhouse, downtown san Francisco
Fisherman's Wharf is a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. The
F Market streetcar
runs through the area. The Powell-Hyde cable car line runs to Aquatic Park,
at the edge of
Fisherman's Wharf, and the Powell-Mason cable car line runs a few blocks
Port of San Francisco
Yacht harbors in San Francisco, as photographed in 1962.
Fisherman's Wharf Harbors, San Francisco, as photographed in 2012.
Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Fisherman's Grotto, San Francisco
Fishermen's Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit-down restaurant on San Francisco's Fisherman's
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate,
the opening of
San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the city
of San Francisco, on
the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It is
one of the well
internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California. It has
been declared one
of the modern wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most beautiful
bridges in the world.
(L) The picture shows that a ship was entering San Francisco Bay under
the Golden Gate Bridge.
The scene passing under the Golden Gate Bridge experienced in June 1960
was printed in my mind.
I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life.
(R) Golden Gate Bridge in 2012, as seen from an aircraft to Tokyo
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Midwestern US and at San Francisco
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San Francisco 01 San Francisco 02 Hotels in San Francisco UCSF Medical Center
Smoking control in Midwestern US and at San Francisco
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The article was written in July 2012. Photographs were taken in June 1960
and June 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
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