Janelle Curtis

Janelle Curtis was born in Colorado and is currently an Occidental College student graduating in the class of 2011. Her mother is Japanese American and her father is African American. She is double majoring in Economics and Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japan.

Updated April 2010

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Little Tokyo Community Profiles - 2010

Rafu Bussan Inc: A Long-Lasting Gift for Little Tokyo

One of the most historical landmarks in Little Tokyo is Rafu Bussan Inc., a large, beautifully arranged store that stocks fine, embellished merchandise including grand vases, decorated kitchenware, traditional dolls, delicate hashi (chopsticks), and many other items that exemplify Japanese gifts. Located on 2nd Street in the district, the store has a rich history that displays the dedication and passion for serving the Little Tokyo community. Starting from peddler roots over 50 years ago, Yukio Tanaka and Junichi Onishi as the original owners worked adamantly to deliver basic foods such as rice and tea to surrounding encampments. The Japanese after ...

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