KRAFTY KORNER: Care is a Four-Letter Word



Rafu Craft Editor


(First published in The Rafu Shimpo on April 21, 2010)


Walk. Run. Donate.

When you’re feeling in the moment, this “soy happy” t-shirt design from Irvine’s Adam Fujimoto is a perfect match. (Courtesy of A Fuji Sushi)

Unite in the fight against breast and ovarian cancers. Know that one in three women is predicted to develop cancer in her lifetime.

To show that your heart’s in the right place, come join the crowds on Mom’s Day eve, Saturday, May 8, at LA’s Exposition Park to pay respect to those special gals—moms, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends and ourselves—who keep fighting, or have fought, the cancer battle.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women hosts the 17th annual 5K event, in NYC and LA. A returning celebrity guest is Carrie Ann Inaba of Dancing With the Stars fame. Her mom, Patricia Inaba Chu, was diagnosed with breast cancer (BC) in 2008 and is now in remission.

Give $5, 25, 250—all for a great cause! No amount is too small! Nearly $60 million has been directed to cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs. Or donate to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the largest run/walk in the world fighting BC.

That feared C-word changes a life in more ways than you can imagine. From that day forward, cancer affects not only that individual but also her network of family and friends.

Those close to me have walked the walk since 2001, the year after my BC battle. Along with the families of Patti Yung and Gail Hirata, we celebrate life with Team Spirit of Santa Monica.

A band of strong BC women, some now missed, continue to hope for a cure—Carolyn Baresic, Arlene Ito, Emily Ito, Naomi Kimura, Nancy Kindorf, Harumi Komai, Sylvia Lee, Shu-Chuen Li, Kazui Masuda, Rose Matsumoto, Celia Matsuo, Phyllis Miyagawa, Aiko Nakano, Penny Nishimura, Tina Schirm, Linda Smith, Jean Takagi, Diane Urasaki, Georgine Uyesugi, Marcela Watanabe, Gwen Charbonnet-Watkins, Edith Yamanashi.

When you’re shopping for those amazing moms out there, stop by one of the Asian arts and crafts events this weekend. Touch of Nature hosts on open house for silk interior décor in Diamond Bar on Friday and Saturday, call for info.

A Time for Sharing Spring Boutique takes place on Sunday at the Gardena Elks Lodge where the new kid on the block is Adam Fujimoto of A Fuji Sushi.

Launched two months ago with girlfriend, Ashley Quan, they produce a line of Asian flavored adult tees, book bags and one-inch buttons and take custom requests. Three heads are now better than two with his mom added to the creative team.

Think food, snowboarding, shopping and comfort repped by a happy shoyu bottle, steamy rice cookers, snow ninja, sushi and cherry blossoms.

Like other teachers affected by the current economic climate, this UCI grad was caught in a web of last ones hired being released from a LA County high school.

White stoneware “Nisei Album: Hanako, 1939” represents a battered lunchbox with kimono gal and hana cards created by Pam Murakami of Aromas. (Courtesy of Firecloudz)

“Everything I learned about designing and apparel printing came from family, friends and Google,” said Fujimoto. “I hope my designs bring younger generations of Japanese and JA’s together to celebrate our history, culture and traditions.”

At the 32nd San Jose Nikkei Matsui, look for a JA street celebration and artisan fair. Chowhounds can select from bbq ribs, teriyaki burgers, iku fry along with bota mochi, snow cones and manju.
Nikkei Matsuri is the favorite artisan show of studio potter Pam Murakami. Since 1982, Firecloudz has been her moniker. Currently, she’s an adjunct ceramics instructor at Hartnell College in Salinas. This Hawaii native earned an undergrad degree from the Univ. of Hawaii and MFA in ceramics from the Univ. of Phillippines, Diliman.

While raising a family and teaching through the years, she’s made ceramic sculpture, functional pottery as bowls, mugs, tea sets, ikebana containers, chanoyu ware, whistles and sushi plates. Historical elements are inherent in many of her designs.

Experimentation pushes her artistic limits. New forms, glazes, surfaces and sizes excite her as she works on a series of pieces until all is exhausted. Facing a new challenge will be making a switch from stoneware to earthenware using an electric kiln.

“Functional pottery is always popular, as long as prices are reasonable,” she said. “Once in a while, I’m honored by the person who comes along and purchases a one-of-a-kind art piece.”

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Friday, Saturday, April 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Touch of Nature Spring Show
Diamond Bar, call for location
909-594-5964, Lily Saito

Sunday, April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Time for Sharing Spring Boutique
Elks Lodge
1735 W. 162nd St., Gardena
(310) 329-5874, Stephanie Nakayama

Sunday, April 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nikkei Matsuri
5th & Jackson, San Jose
(408) 241-0900, Warren Hayashi

Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Children’s Day/Arts & Crafts Faire
244 S. San Pedro St., L.A.
(213) 628-2725, Janet Hiroshima


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