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Neko Fan is a Fan of DIY Koneko Fan!

As a crafty person who loves cats, I had a lot of fun decorating this adorable DIY Koneko Fan from the JANM store. In Japanese, koneko means “kitten,” and folding fans are known as sensu.

DIY Neko Fan

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Years of the Rabbit

In a time of war and strife, a samurai fought on the battlefield of Adachigahara. Then in one fell swoop, Miyamoto Usagi lost everything he cared about: his master, his clan, and his station. Now a samurai without a master, a ronin, Usagi wanders the lands of ancient Japan as a vagabond and sell-sword haunted by his past moving forward into an unknown future.

He is also a rabbit.

Created by Stan Sakai in 1987, Usagi Yojimbo is one of the longest running independent serialized comic books in history spanning 38 volumes in over 30 years. The series includes several spin offs, and a few crossovers with a familiar group of teenage turtles.

Makenas library

My journey with Miyamoto Usagi, (whose name is a play on the name of historical swordsman Miyamoto Musashi), began when I was in middle school. I spotted an old volume 22 at a swap meet in Fresno with my grandmother. I opened the old cover, and I was transported back in time to a world full of greedy bandits, maniacal warlords, honorable warriors, and foul yokai spirits. It sparked a passion in me with every meticulously detail and vibrant character, a passion that persisted well into my time with JANM. Now there’s a dedicated shelf with all 38 volumes sitting proudly above my desk with an Usagi Yojimbo action figure watching over it all.

As the Year of the Rabbit comes to an end, why not pick up a volume of Usagi Yojimbo: Origins. The latest re-launch of the Origins series is  Volume 4: Lone Goat and Kid. Start the epic tale of Miyamoto Usagi, perfect for readers new and old, now in full color for the first time in paperback and available through the JANM store!

September 02, 2023

Shibori Blouse by Mia Morikawa

Close up of Indigo Shibori Silk Blouse

Summer is a time for light colors and a season full of memories with family, friends, and humid nights tinted by patio light and the smell of the grill.

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August 04, 2022

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Yuzu The Best!

For a guy like me, then, the biggest perk of working in the JANM Store is the opportunity to taste-test our food products before we put them out for sale.

Yuzu spread

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January 25, 2022

Quarantine Game Night

Sushi Go’s speed means that even if you’re losing right now, another round will be coming so soon that you always feel like you have a shot at redemption, and the plethora of possible hands means no one strategy dominates – it’s anyone’s game.

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July 09, 2021

Move Over Avocado Roll, There is a New Vegan Roll in Town


The two foods that I miss the most since becoming vegan are a good cheesy pizza and sushi. That is why I was really excited to learn that JANM Store was going to start carrying a new book called Sushi Modoki: The Japanese Art and Craft of Vegan Sushi.

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April 08, 2021

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I Still Love My First Allen Say Book

As a child, Tea with Milk resonated with me; this was the first book I’d ever seen where the main character looked anything like me! She even had a similar hair style. It was marvelous to see both of my cultures represented together in a medium meant for kids.

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