If you find yourself feeling a little homesick for San Francisco next time you’re having a Bill Murray/Scarlett Johansson moment in Tokyo, Bernal Heights artist Amos Goldbaum has helped create a place where you can go to feel right at home.
Wise Sons, the Jewish delicatessen anchored on the corner of 24th Street and Shotwell in the Mission, is preparing to open a new outlet right in the heart of Tokyo, not far from Tokyo Station. To give the new place an appropriate sense of San Francisco provenance, the Wise Sons wisely commissioned Neighbor Amos to create one of his signature cityscape murals on a wall in their new Tokyo restaurant, which is scheduled to open next week.
Neighbor Amos has been sharing photos of his adventure in Tokyo on the Instagram, along with in-progress shots of the new mural. This sketch captured his vision for the project; a Goldbaumesque San Francisco scene, only with Mt. Fuji looming in the background:
Here’s how it looked as Neighbor Amos got to work on the wall in Tokyo:
The houses in the foreground are a classic slice of San Francisco, of course, but close observers may notice a special element hiding amid the high-rises of the downtown San Francisco skyline: a “Bagel Kaiju,” or bagel monster, taking a break from marauding the city to enjoy a fresh bagel:
When the mural was complete, Sutro Tower had been replaced by the Golden Gate Bridge:
Congrats to Neighbor Amos, and here’s to hoping that a version of his San Fransokyo graphic will be available soon in t-shirt form at a streetcorner near you.