Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fanime part 2

Here are pictures of me talking away at the panel and some of my little girl having a blast at the convention. The videos that I used at the presentation will be going up very soon!

While I was in town for Fanime I couldn't help myself and had to go shopping for bento boxes. It's an addiction, I swear! I didn't have a chance to shop very much, but I did find a few shops with boxes and accessories in Japantown, San Jose.

First we stopped at Nikkei Traditions (219 Jackson St.). We had a good time browsing and my daughter loved the dolls on display. I bought a one-tier flower shaped box, some fish soy sauce bottles and beautiful chopsticks.

Next A-chan practically dragged me into the Shuei-Do Manju Shop because I'd been promising her some mochi. She got mochi, I got mokona and we bought my husband a treat too!

Nichi Bei Bussan (140 Jackson St.) was a lot of fun to browse! They had tons of stuff from furniture to cosplay. They had larger, picnic sized bentos and lovely furoshiki.

Nijiya Market (240 Jackson St.) had some contemporary bento boxes and a few accessories like containers and such. More importantly, though, they had Japanese carrots and even better they had konpeito!! We bought two bags of konpeito and they were gone by the end of the weekend.

Hoping with all my might that we wouldn't get a parking ticket, I decided that we had to go into just one more store before going back to the car. Nikaku Japanese Arts (615 N. 6th st) is upstairs and jam packed with all kinds of things from pottery to anime and manga. They have a good deal on large square bento boxes with furoshiki and chopsticks as a set. Even though we spent a lot of time there we didn't get a ticket :D


Stacey said...

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for coming to Fanime. ^_^ I know this is a few weeks late, but I got a bit busy. Anyway, I had bought a bento in the Dealer's Room for my sister who couldn't make it . . . and I completely fell in love with it and had to buy my sister something else. lol. But I had no idea on what went into a bento, despite seeing them in anime and manga all the time.

Then I saw Bento 101 on the schedule a half hour before it started. It was really informative and your daughter was so cute. ^_^ The only thing I would ask for if you came back next year is a small bit, just a few minutes, on how to make a non-cute bento. It's not that crucial but as a long time Fanime goer, I know many of the people there are high school to college age – too old for cute, too young for kids. It’d be nice to see something appropriate for our age group. (And if you did do this, then I’m sorry. ^_^;; Ignore this suggestion and know that I’m a little scatter brained.) Of course, I loved all of the cute bento boxes, too. They got me really excited at the idea that I can have an awesome looking, healthy lunch. :)

I'm really glad you guys like Fanime and I hope you come back next year!

Oh! And next time you’re San Jose, see if you can swing by the Eastridge mall. On the lower floor, they have a huge store called Daiso, with so much stuff in it from snacks to chopsticks to shoes and belts, all really well priced from my experience.

Natakiya said...

Thank you so much for giving me feedback, I really appreciate it!! I am so glad that you came to the panel. If I'm able to do another next year I will definitely focus on some more mature bentos :) It's always hard to know what to cover the first time!

If you follow the links in my link list, many of them are cute bentos, but there are some sites that focus more on the non-cute traditional bentos.

Thank you!!