SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s 2012 Winter Boutique will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin Annex, 640 N. 5th St. (near Jackson) in Japantown.

Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of choices ranging from artisans and authors’ book-signings to delicious food and the popular silent auction. Stop by the boutique for Japanese-style gifts, Pacific Rim-inspired clothing and accessories, hand-crafted jewelry, washi crafts, stationery and many more specialty items.

Participating authors are Oliver Chin (“Tales from the Chinese Zodiac” series), Felicia Hoshino (“Sora and the Cloud”) and cartoonist Jack Matsuoka (“Poston Camp II, Block 211), who will also draw caricatures.

Participating artisans are A Hui Hou, A Touch of Orient, Asian Pair, Be One/Nikonina, Cisco Collection, Classic Hawaiian Design, Creations by Emi, Creations by June, Cynthia Sasaki Designs, Donna Tojo, Fat Rabbit Farm, Four Yams, Happy Shirts/Omiyage, Harvest Land, HSK Creations, JC Niehaus Pottery, Joy Imai Pottery Studio, Juri’s Jewelry, Kayoko Designs, Patricia K. Jeong, Pomegranate Designs, Sew Asian, Sharon Ito, Smilin’ from Ear to Ear, Spin-A-Fashion, Sumofish, Waka, WWW Crafts, and Yu-Ai Kai.

Food offerings will include bento boxes, Spam musubi, sushi (California rolls, inari, maki sushi), R&J’s Toffee, ohagi and tea.

Donation drawing prizes: $500 (first), $300 (second) and $200 (third). Many more prizes will be provided by artisans and merchants. Winners need not be present at the time of the drawing.

Take advantage of early entrance privileges by becoming a museum member. Museum members will gain early entry starting at 9 a.m. General entry runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Do not contact San Jose Buddhist Church for information about the boutique; call JAMsj at (408) 294-3138, email or visit

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