By GAIL MIYASAKI, Rafu Craft Editor

Summer’s end is nearing . . . sigh!

You can hardly tell with the crazy, high temperatures right now.

All the kids and teachers are back in school, calendar schedules are filled in for the upcoming year.

Just around that corner, the doors to the Asian arts and crafts shows will be opening. For those shopaholics out there, here is the big list of fall and winter events hosted at sites in the Los Angeles area, to Northern Cal, up to Seattle.

Clip this out! Use it as a reference to know where and when to find some specially designed, talked about, well-made, uber unique products! Everything is priced-to-sell at affordable rates.

First-timer? You’re in for a feel-good surprise! Be forewarned — you will not leave empty-handed, nor should you! Indulge yourself, enjoy the ride. There is something for just about everyone on your gifts/holiday shopping list.

In years past, hundreds of talented artisans have been featured right here in The Rafu. Now, it’s up to you to see it all up close and personal for yourself.

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Look for future listings on Wednesdays. For info, contact the event coordinator.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9-4

Midori Kai Arts & Crafts Boutique

Mt. View Buddhist Temple

575 N. Shoreline Dr., Mountain View, Phyllis Osaki

Saturday, Sept. 19, 10- 4

UJCC Asian Craft & Food Faire

United Japanese Christian Church

136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis

559-322-0701, Vivian Takeuchi

Saturday, Sept. 26, 9-3:30

Jan Ken Po Gakko Arts & Crafts Fair

Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation

9040 High Tech Ct., Elk Grove

408-839-6023, Renee Kumamoto

Sunday, Sept. 27, 9-2

Gardena Valley JCI Kansha Craft Show

1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena, Sharon Sawai

Saturday, Oct. 3, 9-4

Eden Holiday Craft Show

Marina Community Center

15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro

510-471-8052, Karen Valerio

Sunday, Oct. 4, 10-4

Kokoro Craft Boutique

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, Janet Maloney

Saturday, Oct. 10, 8-2

SEJSCC Holiday Boutique

Hawaiian-Style Pancake Breakfast 7-11 am

Southeast Japanese School & Community Center

14615 Gridley Rd., Norwalk

562-926-8582, Richard Shinomoto

Saturday, Oct. 17, 10-4

Crafty Foxes Holiday Boutique

Joan Pisani Community Center

19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, Carol Yuki

Sunday, Oct. 25, 10-4

Krafty Delites Fall Boutique

Carson Community Center

801 E. Carson St., Carson

424-244-9501, Stephanie Nakayama

Sunday, Nov. 1, 10-3

Kiku Crafts & Food Fair

East San Gabriel Valley JCC

Sponsor: West Covina Buddhist Temple

1203 W. Puente Ave., West Covina, Hisako Koga

Friday to Sunday, Nov. 6, 7, 8, 9-4

Nov. 13, 14, 15, 9-4

Touch of Nature Holiday Show

Diamond Bar, call for location

909-594-5964, Lily Saito

Saturday, Nov. 14, 10-3:30

JAMsj Winter Boutique

Japanese American Museum of San Jose

Burnett Academy Gym (new location)

850 N. 2nd St., San Jose, Warren Hayashi

Saturday, Nov. 21, 10-3

Ayame Kai Holiday Craft Fair

Blaine Memorial Methodist Church

3001 24th Avenue So., Seattle, WA, Janice Divina

Saturday, Nov. 21, 10-3

Koi Krafters

Almansor Court, Lakeview Room

700 S. Almansor, Alhambra

626-282-2932, Irene Jong

Sunday, Nov. 22, 9-3

Beary Best Friends

Holiday Inn

7000 Beach Blvd., Buena Park

562-865-2637, Ellen Mabuni

Sunday, Dec. 6, 10-4

Krafty Delites Christmas Boutique

Carson Community Center

801 E. Carson St., Carson

424-244-9501, Stephanie Nakayama

Sunday, Dec. 6, 11-3

SCNBA Holiday Craft Boutique

Palos Verdes Bowl

24600 Crenshaw Bl., Torrance

323-661-9891, Jane Taguchi

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10-4

Kimochi’s Silver Bells Arts & Crafts Faire

The Event Center at St. Mary’s Cathedral

1111 Gough St., San Francisco

415-931-2294, Sakura Suzuki

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