The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival presents the Give & Gift fundraiser, an opportunity to shop in Japantown while giving back to small businesses and supporting our Festival at the same time. Pick up gift certificates for select retailers at discounted prices, so you can stretch your dollar further while purchasing gifts for your family, friends, and yourself!

This fundraiser is generously supported by the GAMBARO Project. がんばろう GAMBARO roughly translates to “don’t give up, let’s help one another through adversity.” This project was a charitable response to assist Japantown’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center (Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California) collaborated with the Japantown Merchants Association to purchase a large sum of gift certificates, which were then donated to community nonprofits like ours for fundraising purposes. We are thankful for the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation for funding this project.

As we celebrate the Year of the Ox, Valentine’s Day, ひな祭り Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival), and cherry blossom season, there are plenty of holidays to dress up your living spaces and share unique gifts from our Japantown neighborhood. We invite you to peruse the shopping directory of our participating businesses and pick up gift certificates. We have discounted individual gift certificates for sale, as well as gift packs at a greater discount, while supplies last!

1. Amiko Boutique

Amiko Boutique Storefront

Shop $25 gift certificates plus Ultimate Sakura 360 / Sakura 360 Cool & Kawaii Japan Packs at a discount!

We all need cute things in our lives, and Amiko has got us covered! Amiko is your boutique for women’s fashion accessories and a great variety of kawaii goods such as Anirollz, Fat Rabbit Farm, Line Friends, Loungefly, Momiji, Pusheen, Sanrio/Hello Kitty, Smoko, and Tokidoki. Shop in store or in their online shop for cute gifts.

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall West)
(415) 931-0988

Mon-Thu 12PM – 5PM
Fri-Sun 12PM – 6PM


2. Asakichi 

Asakichi Store Front

Shop $25 / $50 gift certificates at a discount!

Since 1978, Asakichi has been the perfect place to find Japanese antiques and cultural items, including tea ceremony goods, natural incense, kimonos, and cast iron teapots. Asakichi has several stores in the Japantown malls, each carrying different items, so you are bound to find exactly what you are looking for! They also provide a gift wrapping service with washi paper. You may use your gift certificate on any of the three stores.

Main Store: 1737 Post St #365, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall West)
(415) 921-2147

Cast Iron Teapot & Bronze Store*: 1730 Geary Blvd #207, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Webster Bridge)
(415) 921-3821

Incense Store: 1730 Geary Blvd #209, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Webster Bridge)
(415) 921-8292

Mon, Wed-Fri 10:30AM – 5PM
Sat-Sun 10:30AM – 6PM
*Closed on Tues


3. Daikoku by Shiki 

Shop $25 gift certificates at a discount!

How about some fine Japanese pottery to add to your home? Daikoku by Shiki carries specialty pottery such as Arita, Bizen, Shigaraki, and Tokoname ware. They provide beautiful bowls, plates, tea and sake sets that are perfect for any occasion! They also have Kokeshi dolls, bento boxes, cast iron teapots, and lucky charms. Make sure to drop by this family-owned and operated business next time you’re in Japantown.

1737 Post St #360, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall West)
(415) 563-4550

Mon-Sat 11AM – 6PM
Sun 12 PM – 6PM

Photo by @japancentermalls


4. Glam Up

Shop $25 / $50 gift certificates plus Beauty & Wellness Pack at a discount!

Glam Up is your best Japanese hair salon in the heart of Japantown; owner Maiko and her stylists will provide you pampered hair styling, coloring, and/or straightening services. View the salon website to gain inspiration for a refreshed hairstyle, then give them a call to tailor your appointment. This salon also validates for Japan Center Garage parking after your hair appointment.

22 Peace Plz, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall East)
(415) 441-2484

Call or book an appointment on their website

Tues-Sat 10AM – 6PM
Sun 11AM – 5PM
Mon Closed

Photo by @japancentermalls


5. Japan Video and Media

Shop $25 / $50 gift certificates plus Ultimate Sakura 360 Pack at a discount! 

Since 1984, Japan Video & Media has been the source for anime, samurai, Godzilla & kaijyu, Japanese TV & Korean TV, J-POP & K-pop media and collectible merchandise. Please support this San Francisco Legacy Business, opened and still operated by Takeshi Onishi! Onishi-san also started the Anime Costume Parade as part of our Festival’s Grand Parade in 1999, the first anime parade in the U.S., and will continue this tradition at a future physical parade.

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall West)
(415) 563-5220

Sun-Thu 10:30AM – 6PM
Fri-Sat 10:30AM – 7PM

Photo by @japancentermalls


6. Japantown Collectibles

Japantown Collectibles

Shop $50 gift certificates plus Ultimate Sakura 360 Pack at a discount! 

Japantown Collectibles is a classic import toy and hobby store, one of the few left in the Bay Area! They carry vintage and rare model kits and figurines from franchises like Gundam, Pokémon, Robotech, and Transformers. They also carry anime merchandise, board games, plushies, Funko Pops, trading cards, and plenty more collectibles! Follow their Instagram page to see what’s new in stock.

1581 Webster St #190, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Kinokuniya Building)
(415) 563-2970

Daily 12PM – 7PM


7. Kabuki Springs & Spa

Kabuki Springs & Spa

Shop $50 gift certificates plus Beauty & Wellness Pack at a discount! 

Experience a Japanese style urban oasis in Kabuki Springs & Spa, where you may relax with an Ayurvedic, CBD, Shiatsu, or Swedish massage. They just reopened for 50 minute massages, available to book on their website. Unfortunately, the communal baths are not allowed to open at this time due to safety restrictions. Please follow their website and social media pages for updates.

1750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
(Located directly behind the AMC Kabuki 8 Theater, at corner of Geary Blvd & Fillmore St)
(415) 922-6000

Call or book online for availability

Wed-Sun 11AM – 8:30PM

Photo by @kabukispringsandspa


8. Katachi 

Katachi Storefront

Shop $25 gift certificates plus Ultimate Sakura 360 / Sakura 360 Cool & Kawaii Japan Packs at a discount!

Since 2006, Katachi is your #1 source for anime swords in the Bay Area, both decorative and functional! Shop in person or online for swords, machetes, pocket knives, throwing knives, plus a large variety of anime goods like keychains, figurines, face masks, clothing and more! Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages to see the newest items in stock.

1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Japan Center Mall West)
(415) 931-9822

Mon-Thu 12PM – 5PM
Fri-Sun 12PM – 6PM

Please remember to wear your mask and practice social distancing when you go to Japantown, and check with individual stores for their hours prior to your visit. The store hours are valid as of February 1, 2021. The small businesses in Japantown rigorously follow San Francisco’s health and safety guidelines, so you may safely shop for your gifts.


Thank you for giving back to our Festival and Japantown’s small businesses during these unprecedented times. All proceeds for the gift certificates support our programming, so we may keep our Festival free for everyone to attend.