Rafu Bussan

Rafu Bussan,Inc.

As of December 1st. 2015
Rafu Bussan, Inc.
Has CLOSED from its current location @ 326 East Second Street.
Please check our website after January 1st or sign up on our email list for
future announcements of the grand opening of our new home
in early Spring of 2016!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our patrons, friends and community supporters
who have come by to shop and visit with us to say “Good Bye” to our Second Streetstore. 
Since 1978, you have been an integral part of our business.
WE WILL SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR, and look forward to serving you again.

Rafu Bussan, Inc.

There is history and tradition in the store itself. Rafu Bussan is a combination of the words "Rashogiri" an old name for Los Angeles, from which came "ra" and "fu" meaning prefecture. The word "bussan" means product. The store found its beginnings before World War II when Yuko Tanaka and Junichi Onishi founded Rafu Bussan in Gardena, California. During World War II, Mr. Tanaka was sent to an internment camp and after the war, they started the business up again delivering items such as rice, tea, rice bowls and chopsticks to the Japanese in Orange County and the South Bay communities. In 1958, Kiyoshi "Skip" Kawaratani and his wife purchased Mr. Onishi's share of the business and later, Mr. Tanaka's interest as well. Rafu Bussan continues to perpetuate Japanese housewares and gift items today.

We carry an extensive selection of:

Japanese China and Dinnerware
Flower Arrangement Vases and Accessories
Shigaraki Vases
Traditional Iron & Metal Ornaments and Pictures
Hakata Kokeshi, and Classical Japanese Dolls
Origami Papers and Books
Japanese Foods and Snacks

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