San Francisco expats in Tokyo seeking a literal taste of home have a new option: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen has opened its fourth brick-and-mortar location in Marunouchi, a district of the Japanese capital.
The new bagelry features a mural by Bernal Heights artist Amos Goldbaum depicting San Francisco's cityscape--with a bit of artistic license.
A bagel-eating kaiju. | Photo: Amos Goldbaum/Instagram
Goldbaum's detailed line art faithfully depicts the City by the Bay, but instead of adding a diminutive Mt. Diablo in the background, he replaced Twin Peaks with a colossal Mt. Fuji. Also seen: a bagel-eating kaiju.
The project is documented on Goldbaum's Instagram page, noting changes like a prominent Sutro Tower that was eventually replaced with a more familiar Golden Gate Bridge.
A preliminary sketch. | Photo: Amos Goldbaum/Instagram
Closer to home, Goldbaum's artwork can be found in Bernal Heights at Pinhole Coffee (210 Cortland Ave.), where he installed a detailed mural on the cafe's west wall that depicts a view of Bernal Hill adapted from a photo taken in 1893.
That piece was screened on T-shirts given to people who supported the mural, but there's no word yet on whether the Tokyo Wise Sons artwork will be similarly adapted.
Bernal Heights Artist Creates San Francisco Mural In Tokyo