SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s Winter Boutique is set for Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at San Jose Buddhist Temple Betsuin, 640 N. 5th St. in Japantown.

Admission is free. JAMsj members enter at 9 a.m.

Invite your friends to join you so you can have fun shopping together. It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas. A percentage of every purchase goes toward the museum at this annual fundraising event. Come and enjoy browsing through Japanese-inspired artwork, crafts, clothing, accessories, hand-crafted jewelry, washi designs, and stationery.

Are you looking for a new book to give as a gift? The following authors will be at the boutique’s main hall during the times listed below to autograph copies of their latest books:

• Lora Nakamura, author of “The Bonsai Babes,” 9 to 11:30 a.m.

• Kim Oshiro, author, and Jean Yee, illustrator, of “Simon the Skinny Pig,” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Tom Graves, author of “Twice Heroes,” 2 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy lunch and snacks while you’re at the boutique. Select from an assortment of Japanese bento, sushi, cookies, and other tasty treats.

Finally, don’t miss this year’s silent auction, which will include a wide array of donated restaurant and merchant gift certificates, gift baskets, and merchandise — all perfect for holiday gift giving or for yourself. Everyone is welcome to participate in the drawings by purchasing tickets at the table near the refreshment stand. Drawings will take place periodically throughout the day.

The museum extends a special thank you to the volunteers, donors, local businesses, and artists, all of whom are contributing to the 2014 JAMsj Winter Boutique.

For more information, including a list of vendors, visit

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