News Letter

News Letter

Thursday, July 20, 2006

No 110
Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's Newsletter No.110.We wish to express our deepest sorrow over the destruction and loss of lifecaused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.We are worried some of our customers may be affected by the disaster. And manycustomers in United States must be irritated for still many people sufferedseriously and are waiting for the help.We had a huge Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, and more than 5,000 people were killed. We can not help remind the disaster when we see CNN news.
Yuka and I were awakened by the shaking we have never experimented with before. It was five forty-five in the early morning, and strong shaking continued quite a long time(I thought it was quite long). Several things dropped on the floor, but fortunately we didn't have serious damage by the quake. We turned on the TV, and we saw the news said ' There was a big earthquake in the Hanshin district. The earthquake intensity in each place are ---- . One lady in Wakayamais reported to be injured slightly ---' The news went like this. We went back to sleep with an easy mind. But at that moment, lots of houses and buildings were broken, and many peoplewere under the wreckage in Kobe and other cities. How optimistic we were.Later in the morning TV began to convey damages of the disaster. At that time I worked for Daimaru department store, and was a manager of tableware department.Kobe is approx 60minutes (by car) away from our house, and my store was in Umeda,just middle place between Kobe and our house. On that day our store was closed for its regular day off. I called the store, and knew many china and glass itemswere broken. I went to my store by train, and I saw our displays and stockroombecame a mess. Our store was in the very tall building and we could see the direction of Kobe. Beyond the Osaka Bay, Kobe town could be seen as usual, but several black smokes were rising uncannily.Later I came to know, just at that time fires was burning wreckage, included many people who couldn't get out of them.What could I do for them? Most people outside Kobe didn't know the worst situation, and anyway trains stopped and roads couldn't use, and we didn't have the way to reach them. I only tried to call some staffs lived near Kobe, and only gathered the broken glasses and China. These were the only thing I could do.
During the recovery period, we provided lots of items, which were essentials forthe life - polybottles, portable gas stove, vinyl sheet, battery and so on.Boss ordered not to consider the profit and offer as much as we can. Little later many people came to buy china and glasses to make their lives ordinary ones.I wanted to go to Kobe, and help people more directly, but we were not allowed to do so. I only worked harder for the customers who came to our store. I didn't take holidays, and only one day during the month I took the holiday, and went toKobe and joined the volunteers. But during that time, I realized that retail was very important and valuable work. Before that time I thought the work of retail was to force the visitors tobuy our merchandise regardless of their wants. But seeing the customers relievedto get their items, I noticed the bottom of the retail business had very important role in the society.
We think many customers may have same feeling as I felt 10 years ago. We are far away from New Orleans, and we can't help or join the volunteers. We wish helps reach them immediately, and ordinary lives come back soon.
* We donated $1000 USD to 'United Way/Hurricane Katrina Response Fund' by PAYPAL.It is the part of money you allowed and gave us as profit of ICHIROYA. This donation is from ICHIROYA & ICHIROYA'S CUSTOMERS.
Today we have already listed some antique fukusa, oshie doll, uchikake, nobori bata and bolt. We are very happy if you could check them.
Thank you for reading to the end! Have a nice day!
Ichiro & Yuka WadaKimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"http://www.ichiroya.come-mail: info@ichiroya.comaddress: Asia-shoji Bldg.301 1841-1 Nishi 1 chome Wakamatsu cho Tondabayashi city Osaka 584-0025 JAPANTEL&FAX ****( international number ) - 81-721-23-5446


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