News Letter

News Letter

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Dear Customers & Friends
Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No 95.
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*******************************************************************************A month ago, we rented one more room, and hired a few more staff and started to sell other Japanese antique goods. Some antique items, for examples bamboo basket, urushi, doll, china, iron goods, are bigger and heavier than kimono, and have many kinds of shapes. And they are often unclean, and when I buy items, we must wash and check them before taking photos. Selling other antique goods needs more labor than we imagined before.But what a pleasure it is to touch and enjoy the charm of antique items! At morning assemblyI always show the items which should be taken photos, Yuka often says ' I want it! I want to buy and use it myself!' Of course I always say 'No. It is for customers. I will find better items for you in feature.'Often we admire the details. At a blink it only has comparatively plain outlook, but when we look it closely we come to know how the details are elaborately made with the artisan spirits. If you don't look the details of this bamboo basket, please check it out. We wish you could enjoy them as well as kimono and textiles. They will be excellent interior decor to add Japanese taste in your house. There is no rule to be displayed although they had particular roles in olden times here. We must be more happy if we could show the samples of using Japanese antique goods as interior decor. Unfortunately our house it too small to try and show the idea now, but in future we would like to do so.
By the way, Our elder daughter Shoko went kimono auction with me several days ago. Kimono dealers auction are always closed to ordinary people, but she could because she is my daughter and as a staff of ICHIROYA. It was second time to come auction with me, and she said she wanted to buy some kimono by herself. She is an university freshmen, but she said she wanted to buy and sell some kimono by herself, and try to earn some money by herself. Of course I thought it's OK, and very good training to know society and business. If she may use her time only to sell without any profit, selling herself must be good experience for her. I lent a hundred thousand yen ( approx 1000 USD ) to her on the promise of paying back it in two months. At the auction, she and I bid separately. In some items, we shout the prices at a time, and in a few times Shoko's bids were higher than my prices! The auctioneer always took the higher prices even if the bids are made by a family members or same company. 'Your daughter is stronger than you!' Auctioneer and all bidders burst out laughing. Shoko won several good items against her father! Some kurotomesode were good ones, and I missed them greatly. Now we have a new rival, greenhorn Shoko! I don't know how she plans to sell her kimono, but if she list on e-bay, please check and bid them. She must sell them even if she can not earn some money by them. She is only an amateur yet!
A famous businessman says he was given a million yen ( approx 10000USD ) by his father when he was a freshman of university. His father said the money was the last allowance. If he wanted more, he had to earn money himself with it. He says it was very good training to become a businessman.Our capital money for Shoko is way less than his, but we think it is enough. Because we started our business three years ago with such small money. The money we spent to buy our first merchandise was only 50000 yen, half of we lent! It's enough. We don't know whether she will join our business in future, but we hope it will be an good experience to become an independent person.
*We are adding rich and tasteful patterned Katazome cotton fabrics in about 4-5 hours. We will be very happy if you could check the new arrivalshere:
We wish you a wonderful new week!Thank you very much for reading to the end.Ichiro & Yuka WadaKimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"
e-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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