Japanese Tea House
Based on newspaper articles and dated photographs,
the Tea House opened in 1915 and operated until 1936 when the
Whitneys bought the property. It was also called the Seal Rock
Restaurant. The Ihara family, who operated the restaurant, lived
upstairs. The Whitneys demolished it sometime in early ’37 as part
of their remodeling of the Cliff House. The Sky Tram depot later
occupied the Tea House location. -- John Martini (12/26/2021)
"JAPANESE TEA GARDEN AND RESTAURANT AT BEACH, CLIFF HOUSE TERRACE, SAN
FRANCISCO, CALIF" (reverse)
Image courtesy of Janet Baer
This photo is in Chamber of Tea Association of Shizuoka Pref. (link)
(Researched : Ako Yoshino)
Translation: "October 1917 Tea House of Cliff House in SF"
"Mr. Aizawa, Muramatsu, Yanbe"
John Martini analysis (4/14/09): "A U.S. Army soldier
in full dress uniform. Probably from the Presidio. It's hard to read
the insignia but he appears to be wearing corporal's stripes. Also,
the light colored bands on his hat and sleeves might have been
yellow, which is the color associated with Cavalry troops.
(Artillerymen wore red trim and Infantry soldiers wore blue, both of
which would have photographed darker.)"
analysis: There seems to be a special occasion about to
start there, as they are decorating the teahouse with American
flags. My estimation of date for this photo is February or March
1915 - possibly opening day of ppie?
Image courtesy of Judy Cash Collection
Credit: U.S. Army
The San Francisco Examiner - 03 Oct 1920
Courtesy of Frank Mitchell