Inspired by the comic phenomena manga and anime, the Tomo draws hipsters and Japanophiles eager to immerse themselves in Japanese pop culture (or J-Pop as it is known across the pond) in cozy quarters with Scandinavian wood furnishings and low Japanese-style beds. Artist Heisuke Kitazawa created primary-color murals for the lobby, the popular Mums Restaurant, and each of the rooms. In-room amenities include Keurig coffeemakers, flat-screen LCD HDTVs with video-game consoles, and iPod docking stations. The location adds to the appeal: it's one of San Francisco's most interesting neighborhoods a couple of blocks from the Fillmore district, Yoshi's, and the famous Fillmore concert venue. Mums serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; in the evening locals and tourists line up for shabu-shabu, so make a reservation.