Sure to turn heads is this striking plum silk taffeta purse with a floral accent designed by Noriko Fukada of Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Noriko Fukada Handbags)



Drop. Cover. Hold on.

Three words that can save lives when an unpredictable earthquake hits. Think protection from falling and flying objects. Think less injuries when pre-planned procedures are followed.

The Great CaliforniaShakeOut is really happening tomorrow, Oct. 21. Some 58 Cali counties are participating in this statewide drill when the clock strikes 10:21 a.m. Businesses and schools are prepping for the big one to ensure safety before, during and after such a catastrophe.

We live in earthquake territory. Too often we tend to forget this fact as time passes by. We’ve been pretty lucky, surviving relatively small ones, but who are we kidding? Without warning signs, expect immense damage when the big one hits.

When the earth starts to shake, don’t wait for the rattle and roll. The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) recommends these three steps:

1) DROP down onto your hands and knees (before you’re knocked down). Now you’re positioned to be protected from falling down, but you can still move.

2) COVER your head and neck under a sturdy table or desk. If no shelter is near-by,  then get down near an interior wall, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.

3) HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops.

The ECA also advises against standing in a doorway, running outside or following the “triangle of life” method, being positioned next to a table rather than underneath it.

Last year, the Shakeout had teachers training their students to follow Drop, Cover and Hold On. Awareness and education count. The more practice, the higher the odds that this will become a natural reaction.

For more info on what to do, the Shakeout drill manuals and disaster supply kits, go to and

Better safe than sorry. Anytime that you’re out shopping, keep in mind these three steps. Tell your family and friends too.

The holidays are coming fast. Before you can say Halloween, it’ll be Lady Gaga hauntings, how to cook your turkey time and white Christmas dreams. Be smart. Get ahead of the game by paring down that gift list at the first of two shows for Krafty Delites this Saturday at the Carson Community Center.

New to the arts and crafts scene is a designer who loves handbags. Reason enough why Japan-born Noriko Fukada left her restaurant day job of 18 years for this creative venue. In her eyes, these accessories represent different aspects of one’s individual personality and that’s what she caters to with her business started three years ago.

“Making a statement is what counts most,” she said.

She designs with a passion. For that getaway, her Weekend Tote is fun and classy in pastel yellow upholstery fabric with a graphic pink and orange floral pattern. Perfect for the office and after hours are her Wristlets, with strappy loop handles—complete with zip tops and large enough to hold those essentials. These anytime totes are vibrant in royal blue, silver or art deco hot pink and purple print. Look for a price range of $75 to 150.

Fukada credits a designer friend who mentored her about the world of high fashion, backed by instructional classes at Otis-Parsons School of Design. All of her work is created with her hands—from designing, cutting, construction to finishing and marketing.


Sunday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Krafty Delites #1
Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson St., Carson
310-329-5874, Stephanie Nakayama

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7,
Friday, Saturday, Nov. 12, 13,
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Touch of Nature Home & Holiday
Décor Show
Diamond Bar, call for location
909-594-5964, Lily Saito

Saturday, Nov. 6 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holiday Boutique
WLA United Methodist Church
1913 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles
310-479-1379, Fusako Hamamoto

Sunday, Nov. 7 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kiku Crafts & Food Fair
E. San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
W. Covina Buddhist Church, Sponsor
1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina
951-818-8740, Hisako Koga

Saturday, Nov. 13 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
JAMsj Winter Boutique
Japanese American Museum of
San Jose San Jose Buddhist Church Gym
640 N. 5th St., San Jose
408-294-3138, Mimi Suga

Sunday, Nov. 14 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holiday Crafts Faire
Gedatsu Church
7850 Hill Dr., S. San Gabriel
626-572-0923, Judy Hamamoto


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