Exhibits and Shopping


Browse and Shop


Cultural Exhibits: We are proud to include two ancient crafts as a part of our cultural display. Bonsai is the art of shaping miniature trees to look as if they were just taken from a living forest. One of our temple members has been a Bonsai instructor for decades and each year he displays some of his most beautiful Bonsai. Equally stunning is the art of Ikebana which seeks to display flowers in a minimalist arrangement in order to capture the true essence of a flower’s beauty. Each year students of Ikebana showcase examples of their works. Both art forms are on display in our exhibit area located inside the temple. (Please note: Ikebana arrangements and Bonsai trees are for exhibit only and are not for sale.)

Shopping Consourse
Shopping Consourse

Shopping: For those who seek treasures to take home we have many local artisans who display and sell their works in our outdoor shopping concourse – rows of booths festively decorated with cho-chin lanterns. Shoppers can typically find hand-made jewelry, beautiful examples of Origami (the art of folded paper), ceramics for both function and display, Japanese clothing, Japanese snacks and much, much more. See our full list of participating merchants below.

Also in the center of our shopping concourse you’ll find The Waza, artisans from Japan demonstrating their crafts (many of which can be purchased). To learn more about these special artisans visit our page dedicated to The Waza.

Some artisan booths along our shopping concourse

Participating Merchants and Not-for-Profit Organizations for 2017*

      ARIYAMA STUDIO – Screen prints
      ASIAN ARTIQUE – Asian antique art objects
      EDO WOODBLOCKS – Antique woodblock prints
      ENTROPYWARE – Handmade contemporary jewelry
      FUJISAWA TEXTILES – Kimonos, Obi Sashes, and other Japanese clothing items
      FURRY FELINE CREATIVES – Anime accessories and toys
      HEAVENLY CRANES – Jewelry
      JEFF CHIU CERAMICS – Handmade ceramics
      MBT BOOKSTORE – Books and other educational materials about Buddhism
      ORIGAMI ONLY – Origami art
      PLUM TREE STUDIO – Functional ceramic pieces, handmade jizo statues
      POMEGRANATE DESIGNS – Washi paper art
      SANSEI ARTISANS – Japanese craft items
      SHOP MBT – Handmade items, Japanese items, shopping bags, household items
      SUMO FISH – T-shirts
      TERRA ELEMENTA – Jewelry
      TOUCH OF GLASS – Glass jewelry and other glass items
      UNIVERSAL ARK – Jewelry

      Not-for-Profit Organizations:
      JACL – Japanese American Citizens League
      JASC – Japanese American Service Committee

* subject to change