Friday, February 25, 2005

Manufacture & Pearl Farmer

New crop auction, HAMAAGE, is almost over this season. There are not much high quality material this season again.
We are manufacture and have been doing business with Pearl farmer for long time.
However we still can not understand each other. Manufacture always talk about consumer market and Pearl farmer always talk about cultivation.
When Mr. Mikimoto started cultivation of pearls, he made pearls and sold pearls. This mean he could think both side. His dream was "making beautiful pearls for women."
After 100 years, manufacture and pearl farm are separated and we forget about the dream.
Now manufacture and farmer have to remind "Dream of Pearl".

Monday, February 21, 2005

20km marathon

I attend 20km marathon race yesterday.
It was very cold day and I takes 1 hour 43 minutes.
I couldn't did enough training this time, because I had bad cold in January and had very high fever about 10 days.
So I had only 2 weeks training before race, so it was not so bad result for me.
I felt 42.195km was quite long, so this time I felt 20km is not so long. The race was held in the morning and I could spend the time with my children in the afternoon.

The race aide served instant Chinese noodle after the race. I felt the taste was very good!
Chinese noodle, called "Ramen" is very popular food in Japan and there are so many stores, however I could not find better taste than the yesterday's one.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Association

I joined some associations as business, alumni, hobby, etc. It is fun to meet new friends and good for me. If someone stays an association long time, they ask to become director and manage meeting.
Managing side of association is interesting. There are more chance to meeting member and to making own idea of meeting.
Now I'm director of 3 associations. It is fun and I make many new friends and connections.
However human relationship is not so easy. Every member has own idea and it is big job that every member makes happy. Also cooperation is very important thing in Japanese society.
Sometime I feel tired to be director. It is much easier that I join association as just a member.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

St. Valentine day

It was St. Valentine day in Japan. It is a day of declaration of love with some gift in Western. However it is a day of women give chocolate to men in Japan. About 40 years ago, it was more serious and women give chocolate only for declaration of love. Right now, women give chocolate friends who is men and it doesn't matter "love".
Also women who give chocolate expect returning gift at March 14 which is called "White day". Chocolate costs about $1 and they expect more expensive gift. If men who is given chocolate give about $1 gift, she is disappointed.
So St. Valentine day is big business in Japan. I'm expect that many men buy our pearl Jewelry for March 14.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

New York

I was in New York 1987 to 1991. I help partner of my uncle's company in daytime and studied English or Gem at night time. It was very hard for first 1 year for me, because I couldn't speak English well. Also I didn't get used to US culture. New York is melting pot and I met many kind of people.
After 1 year, my English become better and I was getting enjoyed New York life. I can buy many fashion items, can go famous museum, can eat all kind of foods, etc. I still miss New York very much.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Family business

Pearl business is my family business. My uncle started pearl exporting about 70 years ago. My father joined his company. Then my father made his own company. I helped my father, then I went to New York for working partner of my uncle. After 5 years, I came back to Kobe and make my own company.

I grew up with pearls, because my house was pearl processing factory. I can not wear pearls, however I like beautiful luster of pearls.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Hello!!!

Today I make blog and this is the first comment.
I would like to communicate with over sea people and introduce our pearl business, Japanese life, etc.
I live in Kobe which is middle part of Japan. There are sea and mountain.
Usually it is carm weather here, however it has been very cold in this two weeks.
My wife start blog too, but her blog is in Japanese. I try to pot as much possible.