The 100 Block Mural Project

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In March 2019 The 100 Block Mural Project painted 100 murals in downtown San Jose by 100 local artists in the San Jose Exhibition District. Each of 100 artists painted a 3 foot square space on the wall and were paid in total $30,000.

The Exhibition District is a woman-owned and operated non-profit arts organization in downtown San Jose. Their purpose is that “Art Is An Economic Engine” and this is not art for art’s sake.

https://www.exhibitiondistrict.com/

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Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Station is the hub of the nationwide railway network in Japan since it opened in 1914. It serves approximately 420,000 passengers per day with numerous train lines. The station has contributed to the development of the surrounding business district as the center of Tokyo.

One historical event at Tokyo Station was when the Tokaido Shinkansen Line opened in 1964 during the Tokyo Olympics. In 2003 Tokyo Station was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. In 2014 after a five year 50 billion yen major renovation project Tokyo Station was completed .

Beneath Tokyo Station there are extensive shopping arcades with restaurants, cafes, stores, and several hotels. Some highlights of businesses inside are the Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Okashi Land (sweets), and Tokyo Character Street (Japanese heroes & characters). It is a city within a city.

http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/learning/station_building/

Port of Oakland

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The Port of Oakland is the 5th busiest port in America.

Oakland mostly imports goods like apparel, consumer electronics, consumer goods, glass, and household items.

Secondarily the Port of Oakland exports dried fruits, nuts, wine, and beverages.

The majority of trading partners at the Port of Oakland are with Asia 77%, Europe 12%, and Australia/New Zealand 2%. The reminder of trade are with Hawaii and Guam at 7%.

Mangos

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Mangos originated in India over 5,000 years ago

Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa, and South America from around 300 to 400 AD

Some mango varieties are called: 1. Honey 2. Francis 3. Haden 4. Keitt 5. Kent 6. Tommy Atkins 7. Palmer

Keep unripe mangos at room temperature

A ripe mango will be softer

Scarecrow

japanese scarecrow

Photograph taken at Shirakawa-go 白川郷 in Gifu Prefecture.

Please go away birds

to protect our fields

provide food for others

for the next harvest

123KLAN at Pow! Wow! San Jose (PWSJ)

123 KLAN

123KLAN are a French husband and wife graffiti team consisting of Scien and Klor from Montreal, Canada. They create graffiti art, design graphics and branding, and produce clothing such as BANDIT1SM x 123KLAN. Their art style combines graffiti art with large lettering in acid colors and characters in manga style. Like all good artists 123KLAN has a distinctive artistic style that defines themselves. 123KLAN participated in this year’s PWSJ 2018 an international week-long arts and culture festival held in San Jose.

https://www.123klan.com/
https://www.powwowsanjose.com/

UNITE HERE Local 19 Strike at San Jose Marriott Hotel

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UNITE HERE Local 19 workers energetically continue to strike for the twelfth day at the San Jose Marriott Hotel in downtown San Jose to negotiate a better contract. The workers demand a livable wage, job safety, and job protections as some Marriott Hotel are using robot workers. Many working class workers in Silicon Valley often have to work 2-3 jobs to pay for the high housing costs and other living expenses. Meanwhile the owner of the San Jose Marriott Hotel Carey Watermark 2, a real estate investment trust, are being an irresponsible owner. Fellow Marriott workers are also striking in San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Detroit, and Boston.