By Gail Miyasaki
Rafu Craft Editor


More bling is better, say Kristine Sakamoto and Jenny Kubo of Clovis, who make oh-so-cute hair bows for young gals. (Courtesy of K. Sakamoto)

Sustenance is necessary for blissfulness.

Having a good time shopping goes hand-in-hand with enjoying chow time.

Excitement runs high for the 13th annual United Japanese Christian Church on Saturday in Clovis, where local artisans mix with those from SoCal, Hawaii and Arizona. Shoppers come from the Central Valley and Sacramento.

As teen fashionistas set the pace, the younger set follow in their footsteps! Reason enough for two stay-at-home moms, Kristine Sakamoto and Jenny Kubo, to let their creative juices flow as they keep up with the latest trends.

Cuteness reigns when 7-year-old Daphne Sakamoto and the two Kubo sisters, Makayla, 6, and Kylie, 3, wear their moms’ custom-made sparkly bows and head gear.

These daughters are the impetus for a young business dubbed Twinkle Toes and Princess Bows.

Bring on da bling! Swarovsky crystals glamorize pink flip-flops and tennies with Hello Kitty accents, tutu pettiskirts, pillowcase dresses, tops and jewelry.

Simple bottlecaps take on a cool vibe for the younger set when their name, or school, is on it, along with the sparkle. Worn as a pendant, attached to a ponytail—each one makes a personal statement.

Thanks to teacher Ms. Web, Jenny is a fast learner who in turn taught cousin Kristine.

The future may hold the key to this upstart. Think in-home parties where moms and daughters can check out the newest accessories.

Foodies will have a feast too! Ever popular are sushi, beef sticks, manju and snow cones. Gourmet candied apples and chocolate-coated arare take it up a notch. Then there is the mighty taiyaki—red bean paste filling is bumped by a tasty chocolate and banana version.

Like SPAM musubi? That’s also on their menu. SPAM is a long-time Hormel Foods Corp. staple. This precooked meat product is pork shoulder, ham meat, salt, water, modified potato starch and sodium nitrate.

There are tons of SPAM lovers out there, as well as recipes—and some finicky folks who stick their noses up at it. For those who give a thumbs-up, try this fried rice recipe tweeked from “Absolutely the Best SPAM Fried Rice” recipe from knobbyknees. A tasty sauce is key. Most recipes call for only shoyu. Prep this sauce first, to reduce it to a thick glaze.


Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
UJCC Asian Craft & Food Faire
United Japanese Christian Church
136 N. Villa Ave., Clovis
559-322-0701, Vivian Takeuchi

Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan Ken Po Gakko Arts & Crafts Fair
Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation
9040 High Tech Ct., Elk Grove
408-839-6023, Renee Kumamoto

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Pasadena Buddhist Church
1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena
626-574-7090, Cory Ishikawa

Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Eden Holiday Craft Show
Marina Community Center
15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro
510-471-8052, Karen Valerio

Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kokoro Craft Affair
Japanese American National Museum
369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles
213-625-0414, ext 2222

Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
SEJSCC Holiday Boutique
Hawaiian-Style Pancake Breakfast
7-11 a.m.
Southeast Japanese School &Community Center
14615 Gridley Rd., Norwalk
714-847-1173, Edna Kurihara

Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Crafty Foxes Holiday Boutique
Joan Pisani Community Center
19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga
408-356-2764, Carol Yuki

Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Krafty Delites Fall Boutique #1
Carson Community Center
801 E. Carson St., Carson
310-329-5874, Stephanie Nakayama



Best SPAM Fried Rice

(Photo courtesy of T. Miyasaki)

SAUCE: Mix all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat.

Reduce to a thick glaze.

1 C Aloha shoyu
4-5 T sugar
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 T oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil


3 T EVO (extra virgin olive oil)
4-5 eggs, beaten
1 can SPAM (prefer Lite), diced
1/3 C carrots, diced
1/2 C frozen peas, thawed
4-4.5 C cooked, day old white rice
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced at an angle (save some for topping)

1.  Over medium heat, add 1-1/2 T oil to pan. Scramble eggs; set aside.
2.  Over medium heat, add remaining 1-1/2 T oil. Sauté SPAM until it gets brown and crispy.
3.  Pour part of sauce over SPAM; mix to coat and simmer a few minutes.
4.  Add carrots and peas; mix together.
5.  Add rice, breaking up clumps.
6.  Add scrambled eggs and green onions (save some for topping); mix.
7.  Pour remaining sauce over; mix.
8.  Add remaining green onions on top.



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