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Aiko Designs Open Studios Nov 1-2

You’re invited to Workspace’s Open Studios (2150 Folsom St.) on Nov 1st-2nd in San Francisco from 11am-6pm! Stop by to see great art and design by Bay Area local artists! Aiko Designs is participating — find me in studio 13A!

Aiko Designs + Sarah Swell Open Studio June 1st

Sarah Swell and Aiko Designs are opening our studio to the public on Saturday, June 1st from 12-4pm. Would love to see you there!

Date: Saturday, June 1st
Time: 12-4pm
Location: 230 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94607 (map)

Bay Area Artists for Japan | Fukushima Now

In April, 2011, Aiko Designs was proud to participate in the  Bay Area Artists for Japan art-sale fundraiser. This year, they are hosting Fukushima Now, a fundraiser for children in Fukushima prefecture.

Fukushima Now will take place this Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 5-8PM, at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. The event will feature a panel discussion addressing current conditions in Fukushima, as well as the continuing impact of the use of nuclear power on peoples of all nations. The panel discussion will be followed by a charity Art Sale and reception.

All proceeds from the event will go to 3a! Anzen (security/safety) Anshin (peace of mind) Action in Koriyama – a non-profit group represented by Ms. Tokiko Noguchi in Koriyama, Fukushima. 3a! is advocating for regular echo-cardiography of thyroids testing and regular blood testing for children in Koriyama. The city of Koriyama is located 40 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

FUKUSHIMA NOW Facebook event page

Popuphood 6 month celebration

Pumpkin House Spring Craft Sale

Get your mother’s day shopping done at the Pumpkin House Spring Craft Sale!

Please join us Sunday, May 6th from 11am-3pm

5275 James Ave. Oakland, CA (map)

Clarendon JBBP Tomodachi Auction is today!

Clarendon Alternative Elementary School in San Francisco has a flourishing Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program (JBBP).  Tonight is their incredible annual (2012) Tomodachi Auction! Clarendon Auction

When and Where?

Aiko Designs is a proud donor to this event !  The amazing list of donors is here and includes ice cream makers (Bi-Rite Creamery anyone?!), bakeries, yoga, golf, and so much more.

Judy Johnson Williams closing reception @ Crown Nine

There’s still time to see these stunning pieces by Judy Johnson Williams. Stop by Crown Nine in Old Oakland for some First Friday fun and enjoy these beauties while they are still there.

Upcoming Classes at Crown Nine

Join Aiko Designs, Sarah Swell and Kate Ellen at one of our upcoming classes at Crown Nine!  The first class on Sunday, January 22nd is a Jewelry Stamping class, followed by a free Sandcasting Demo on Sunday, February 5th, as well as a Wax Carving class on Sunday, February 12th.

Please join us, pick up some skills, and have loads of fun at one (or all) of these. Registration links are above through Eventbrite.  See you there!

Potrero Hill Festival 2011

Aiko Designs will be at the Potrero Hill Festival this year!

The organizers have had an outstanding response this year and more than 100 vendors are scheduled to attend.

When: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 11am-4:30pm

Where: 20th Street between Arkansas and Missouri Streets in the scenic Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.

The main stage will feature live performances by Pure Ecstasy, Soul Delights, the Third Thursday Band and more! The youth stage will feature a talent show, dance party and other youth-oriented entertainment. This year, we’ve expanded our kid zone which will feature a petting zoo, pony rides, multiple bounc houses, face painting, and lots of arts and crafts!

Kaiseki Workshop at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

…the JCCCNC asked me to pass this great news on, so here you go!

Kaiseki Workshop

with Kimika Soko Takechi & Larry Sokyo Tiscornia
Saturday, August 27, 2011 ~ 12:00-2:30 p.m.
At the JCCCNC – Issei Memorial Hall
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco (between Buchanan and Webster) (map)

For more information or to register, please call the JCCCNC at (415) 567-5505
or e-mail
Cost: $30 members / $35 non-members
Workshop limited to the first 20 paid and registered participants.

Kaiseki ryori, seasonal Japanese cuisine served during the traditional Chanoyu (tea ceremony) gathering, has its roots in the simple seasonal vegetarian cuisine served in the Zen temple.

Kaiseki cuisine uses fresh seasonal ingredients, simple seasonings and cooking techniques to create dishes that are beautiful to look at, tasty and in harmony with the season. Strictly vegetarian in earlier times, kaiseki cooking has changed with modern tastes and customs and now often includes seafood, poultry and meat in its many dishes.

This late summer kaiseki workshop will feature 4 courses including: edamame gohan (green soybean rice), chilled poached chicken with a bainiku (pickled plum) sauce, sakana no kuzutataki (fresh fish lightly dusted with kuzu [kudzu starch] and then poached) and fresh cooked octopus with crisp celery and cucumber in a sunomono dressing. Dashi soup stock will also be made using konbu (kelp) and katsuobushi (shaved dried bonito). The class will be mostly demonstration, with some hands-on arranging, and participants will be able to sample the dishes that are prepared. Easy to follow recipes will be provided. Participants should bring an apron.

Kimika Soko Takechi and Larry Sokyo Tiscornia are instructors of the traditional Japanese art of Chanoyu, the tea ceremony. They teach Chanoyu and its many related arts in San Francisco and travel to many places sharing their knowledge with others through lectures and demonstrations. They received their professional tea names in 1985 from Sen Soshitsu XV, then the head tea master of the Urasenke School of Tea, in Kyoto, Japan and both received the Junkyoju, associate professor, degree in 1994. The name Soko translates to “fragrance” and Sokyo to “bridge.”

Kimika is from Iyo City, in Shikoku, Japan, and came to the U.S. in 1976 to study English at Holy Names College and the University of San Francisco. She worked as an artist in traditional kimono design in Kyoto and has been studying and teaching tea for 40 years. She is also an accomplished artist specializing in watercolors.

Larry, a San Francisco native, attended both City College of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Larry began his tea study in 1976 and trained for 6 years at the Urasenke School headquarters in Kyoto from 1979 to 1985. He graduated from both the international and professional Japanese divisions of the school and returned to S.F. in 1985 as an instructor at the Urasenke Foundation of S.F. Since 1988 he and Kimika have been teaching Chanoyu privately in San Francisco and share the joy of tea with many.