Japanese American National Museum shop a cultural treasure trove

‘Drawing the Line: Japanese American Art, Design & Activism in Post-War Los Angeles’ DVD ($19.95) Help the activist or historian in your life to delve into the post-World War II legacy of Japanese Americans in Los Angeles with this DVD (43 min.), which is named for the exhibit currently on display at the Japanese American […]

Shop at home! Web-based gifts for the holidays

The holiday season is officially here, so of course, that means that it’s time to start shopping. The crowds at the malls, the lines at the post office and of course, the craze of Black Friday — we’ve all been there before. Want to avoid the stress? Get a head start on the holiday shopping […]

National JA Historical Society offers handmade and heartfelt gifts

The National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) has a vast collection of gifts you can slide in to your family members’ stockings as slyly as a ninja. Support local artisans and programs through these gift ideas. Hand-Crafted Earrings ($20 to $32) Avoid the generic and accessorize with earrings crafted by Leslie Yee Murata. The simple […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Lookin’ for inspiration

Sometimes we find it without even lookin’, sometimes it keeps knockin’ at our door without us knowin’, but sometimes we do find it and it changes our very core… OK, maybe not so grandiose. It may be as simple as makin’ that first Bolognese sauce or startin’ that first exercise routine or simply makin’ us […]

Wrapping it up

The holiday season always produces a flood of gifts, brought on in a tsunami of wrapping paper. All that colorful packaging sets a festive tone, but most ends up in the garbage so as we don’t drown in it. Might there be a way to stem this wasteful tide? Enter furoshiki, or decorative wrapping fabric. […]

Gifts from Nichi Bei Bussan for under $50

Nichi Bei Bussan has a wide variety of Japanese gifts including traditional dishware, martial arts apparel, unique collectibles and a fantastic selection of books. Japanese Camera Case ($7.95) Give a unique and useful gift with fun Japanese flair! These soft-shell Japanese fabric carrying cases can be used as camera holders for the photographer in the […]