I am very excited to announce that I will be selling my new Melinda Mae handbags at the Spirit of Japantown Festival this Saturday, September 26th! This will be my second time as a vendor at this specific festival. I had such a great time last year checking out the other vendors, eating all of the great food and meeting new people. Here’s a photo of my booth from last year. Luckily, we were able to keep safe under our canopy from the crazy rain!
Every time there is a festival in Japantown San Jose, I always try to arrive early to pick up some shaved ice from the Shuei-Do Manju shop on Jackson Street. Hopefully, I can sneak away from my booth for a second to grab some shaved ice, manju and mochi. mmmmmm…
This year, the festival is from 10am – 5pm and there will be a special performance by San Jose Taiko, FOOD, wine, sake, anime, martial arts, Kids Activity Zone, Import Car Show, flower and plant exhibits, craft vendors and much more! My booth will be located on Jackson Street, between 4th and 5th Street, Booth #A8. Please stop by and say HI! =)
If you are still hungry after the festival, there are some great restaurants right in Japantown San Jose. Try out Hukilau for some great Hawaiian food (I would recommend the kalua pork and tofu poke salad) or Okayama on 6th street for some great combination dinner boxes. There’s also Kubota on 5th Street. It’s a bit on the pricey side but it’s really good! A new coffee shop opened up on the corner of 5th and Jackson called Roy’s, which is a great place to grab a coffee and chat with friends. And stop by Nijiya supermarket on Jackson street to pick up some yummy Japanese snacks (blueberry Pocky = DELICIOUSNESS!). Kaita, which is across the street from Hukilau, has a great special that comes with Udon and Tuna Pokedon….amazing, but you have to try and go on a day when they have that special.
And if you’re looking to get a tattoo, State of Grace Tattoo Shop recently moved to Japantown San Jose and is located next to Kaita and the Shuei-Do Manju shop. State of Grace is known for their amazing artists and outrageously beautiful and detailed artwork. But call ahead…there is a waiting list for many of these well-known artists.
Hope to see you all at the Spirit of Japantown Festival on Saturday. I’ll be there all day at my booth so please stop by and check out the new products! Get a sneak peek on my website, www.melinda-mae.com. See you soon! =)