Thursday, April 19, 2012

Saba (Grandpa) Jacob - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Everyday and especially today, on Holocaust Remembrance Day/Yom Hashoah, I am in awe of my Saba/Grandpa Jacob's amazing courage and ability to stay one of the most positive, loving and caring people on earth after experiencing first hand the horrors of the Holocaust.

Saba Jacob was born in Lodz, Poland in 1928. By the age of 11 he had lost both of his parents to starvation in the Lodz ghetto. In the years following he was moved from one concentration camp to another, in a list that includes Auschwitz and Dachau. After the war he was put in refugee camps until he was able to enter Israel in 1948. Once in Israel, he studied at an agricultural high school and went on to work for the Ministry of Agriculture.

Today he lives in Givataym, a suburb of Tel Aviv. He gives talks about his experiences in the Holocaust and has recorded his story for the archives of Yad VaShem. He only began talking about his experiences about 15 years ago when I asked him, unknowingly, to tell me his story for a school project in 6th grade. He came back to me with 12 pages of handwritten memories.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Botodesigns @ Sakura Sunday

Come celebrate spring and Japanese culture at Sakura Sunday! Stop by the Boto Booth for fun original Japanese inspired goods and enjoy the day under the cherry blossom trees!

There will also be a VERY BIG surprise at the Botodesigns booth that you will not want to miss!!

Sunday, April 15
10:30pm - 4pm
Montgomery Drive and Belmont Avenue (I-76 Exit 341)
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Join us in Fairmount Park for an action-packed spring celebration of Japanese arts and culture! The centerpiece event of the Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Sunday, is a day under the blossoms full of spectacular sights, vendors and performances with plenty of hands-on fun. Take in a day of captivating festivities or simply come out with friends and family to picnic under the cherry blossoms!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Long Sleeve Boto Baby and Toddler!

Long sleeve onesies and toddler tees are now available in the Botodesigns Etsy Shop!

The shirts feature my most popular design, Hajimemashite - Cordial Robots.

Hajimemashite means "Nice to meet you." This is what any Japanese robot is programmed to say when they are meeting someone (or something) new.

The shirts are made of soft and comfy cotton and handprinted with non-toxic ink.

Stop by and pick one up for a robot loving kiddie!