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Holiday Trunk Show at Sarah Swell, Dec 6

trunk show at sarah swell

You’re invited to a special holiday Aiko Designs trunk show at the Sarah Swell Showroom (215 Caledonia St.) in Sausalito on Saturday, December 6th from 12-5pm! Please join us for some bubbly, sparkly jewels, and best of all, holiday cheer!

Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day)

Kodomo no Hi — こどもの日 (Children’s Day) is a national holiday in Japan that occurs on May 5th. Traditionally, this holiday was celebrated as Boy’s Day, but after World War II, the holiday was changed to celebrate all children’s happiness.

In Japan, days before the holiday begins, you’ll see beautiful koi flags called “koinobori” raised, blowing in the wind as if they are swimming. The black koi represents the father, the red koi the mother, and the blue koi is the son. There are additional colors for younger sons (I don’t think the girls get to have a koi flag – some traditions just can’t be changed it seems!).

San Francisco’s Japantown is celebrating Kodomo no Hi today. Check it out if you are in the area!

Spessartite beauties

Spessartite, also known as mandarin garnets, are warm rich stones that look great on all skin tones. This set is in a great modern, yet timeless cut. Find the necklace here and earrings here.

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

Aiko Designs site update

Check out the updates to Aiko Designs as well as some new pieces here!

New pieces – sneak peek!

I have some new designs to share with you. Here’s a sneak peek – more to come soon!

Spessartite Pyramid Earrings

Spessartite is an orange variety of garnet, and is sometimes known as mandarin garnet.

Blue tourmaline blocks necklace

Blue tourmalines are one of the rarest colors of tourmaline (pinks and greens are more common). These rectangle blocks of tourmaline vary in shape and shade. Get one in sterling silver and one in gold fill!

Philipp Striebe | C A L I F O R N I A P O L A R O I D

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Please join us! RSVP here.

DJ + all the newest spring jewelry and accessories

Check out a different First Friday scene this month in Old Oakland and Jack London:

Res Ipsa 455 17th
Pro Arts 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Hive 301 Jefferson
Swarm 560 2nd St.
Betti Ono 1804 Telegraph
Oaklandish 1444 Broadway
Marion & Rose’s Workshop 461 9th
Crown Nine 461A 9th
Urban Legend Cellars 621 4th St.

Piper and John General Goods
Manifesto Bikes
Sticks and Stones Gallery

Miel Tequila Bar
The Nite Light
The Trappist
Beer Revolution
Linden Street Brewery
Periscope Cellars

B Restaurant
The Trappist


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.

Mission Spring Open Studios

When: Saturday & Sunday, April 16-17 from 11am-6pm

Where: at my studio in the Mission! 744 Alabama St., studio 302 San Francisco (map)

**special note** 30% of sales through the end of the month will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society for the earthquake & tsunami relief & recovery

Hope to see you there!

Donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society

In light of the multiple tragedies unfolding in Japan, Aiko Designs is donating 30% of sales from the site and upcoming events to the Japanese Red Cross Society via Google Crisis Response.  US dollars will be converted to Japanese Yen and donated through the site.  This will run though the month of March and April.

Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers on the recovery of Japan!