JapanCulture•NYC Holiday Gift Guide 2021 (Part I)

For JapanCulture•NYC’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021, we are bringing you a two-part series that combines one-stop shopping for multiple people on your gift list plus a nice outing for yourself. Our first suggestion is the upcoming Japanese Handcraft Show that features local Japanese artists or Japanese-inspired artists as well as NYC-based Japanese food vendors.

Courtesy Japanese Artist Pop-Up Shop

Japanese Handcraft Show

Sunday, December 5 from noon until 6:00 p.m.

RESOBOX East Village – 91 E. 3rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

The Japanese Handcraft Show supports artists who specialize in handmade products and are looking for opportunities outside of Japan. It is still a small pop-up event that happens in the NYC area a few times a year. Having received positive feedback from their vendors after their first pop-up, they are so happy to continue to help the artists in increasing the awareness of their talents and hard work by hosting these events.

The Japanese Handcraft Show also strives to introduce Japanese culture to New Yorkers, making sure they are aware that there is more to Japanese culture than sushi, anime, and ninjas!

For the December holiday show, there will be various artists selling an eclectic mix of accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hats, bags, and more. Other Japanese-inspired products such as books, embroidery, photography, plush items, origami, various textiles, and other gifts will be available, too.

Participating Artists

For more details of which artists will be there, please check out the participating artists’ Instagram accounts listed here:


While doing your holiday shopping, be sure to take a break for some Japanese treats from these local food vendors that will be available that day:


Courtesy Japanese Artist Pop-Up Shop

Photo Gallery from Past Japanese Handcraft Show pop-ups

All photos courtesy of Japanese Artist Pop-Up Shop

Health and Safety Protocols

All visitors 18 years old and older are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend the event. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, as social distancing may be difficult to maintain inside the venue. Food and beverages will be available but should be consumed only at the designated seating area.