Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sales mind in U.S.A.

We have been in recession since last economy crash in U.S.A.
It's supposed in Christmas sale time in Japan now, however consumer mind is very cold.
Many of Japanese poeple are pesamist, so we like to save money and prepare for future life.

Recenty my friend went to New York.
It was "Black Friday sale" and retail store were crowded.
My friend was supprised, because it looked that they didn't worry about economy crash.
They still keep spending money.

I would say too much pesamist is killing the economy.
Japanese have to be more optmist.
Optmist mind bring biright future.

Of course too much optmist is also no good, but we have to be changed little bit.
Otherwise, we can not beet this recession.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Strong Yen

Japanese Yen has been strong against US dollar and Euro since economy crash in U.S.A.
It sounds good for Japan, however it is bad thing for Japanese exporter like us.

We don't raise price of our product, however automatically price of our product is going up for our customers.
We couldn't do anything and it's beyond our control.

Actually Japanese economy is not strong as money investor to think.
Consumer mind in Japan has been week.

So we just wait until exchange rate would be back to normal.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Japanese Akoya Pearls - so far good

The situation of cultivation of Japanese Akoya pearls are good so far.
Temperature of sea was good this summer, so they grow up without problems.
Therefore we can expect good pearls next harvest season in December.

Problem is economic mood.
Economic mood has been no good since U.S.A. economy shock.
It affected all over the world and consumers don't buy Jewelry now.
So it may affect auction price for Japanese Akoya pearls.
It is true that there are shortage of fine quality goods, so everybody want to get them.
However if the cost is too high, we can not sell them.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

100km Ultra Marathon

I attended "100km Ultra Marathon" last Sunday.
It was first time for me and Fortunately I finished it.
It took 13 hours 36 minutes.
It was one of my dream that I could run 100km ultra marathon.

Start was 4:30am. I got up 2:45am and had a breakfast 3:00am.
Limited time was 14 hours, so I may run until 6:30pm.

This marathon course was mountain side. So most of road was up and down.

My running pace was much slow than usual marathon, so my condition was good until 50km.

There were big mountain after 60km. 15km was up road, so I walked.
My pace was down after 60km and I lost my energy.
Last 20km was really hard.

I stopped most of aid station and took sports drink, salt, fruits, food, so I could run again.

Finish was really something.
However I can not think about next race so far...

Monday, September 08, 2008

Picture of Pearl Jewelry for Pet

We start to selling "Pearl Jewelry for Pet".
So I took pictures of dogs which wear Pearl Jewerly.

I get use to take picture of girls who wear Pearl Jewelry.
However it is not easy to take a picture of dogs.
They didn't stay same place, didn't listen me, always move...

Anyway, I took many pictures and finally I could take few nice pictures.
I like this picture.

It was hard job, but it was fun. Because I like dogs.
I'm happy to work with dogs.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Retail customer from U.S.A.

Basically we are manufacture, wholesaler and exporter of Japanese Akoya pearls.
So we expect to visit us buyer of oversea pearl importer.

Recently we had a call from American. I was out of office at that time, so our staff took care of him.
Our staff thought he was buyer of pearl importer from U.S.A.
He came to our office and our staff noticed that he was not buyer but tourist who was looking for Japanese pearl necklace for gift.

Yes, we do retail business too. We are very glad that he likes taste of Japanese Akoya pearls very much.
He bought Japanese Akoya pearl necklace and earrings set with satisfied.

I feel very happy that when our customers like our pearls.
I would like many people to know that how Japanese Akoya pearls are beautiful and attractive.

Monday, August 25, 2008

3.2km Open water swim

I attended 3.2km Open water swim race yesterday.
I finish 1 hour 2 minute and I'm satisfied about my result.

The place was near Kobe. It was small island called "Ieshima".
Course is 3.2km one way course.
Condition was very good. It was sunny sky and there were not big wave.

I re-started swim about 5 years ago. I was swim sometime when I was student.
Short distance is hard for my age, so I prefer long distance as over 1,000m.

I swim 2 to 4 times a week for 1,000 to 2,000m.

I feel that 3.2km was not so hard for me and I enjoyed about 1 hour.
This race open once a year, so I'm looking forward to next years!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pearl Jewelry for Pet

We have a plan to develop Pearl Jewelry for Pet and this business plan is approved by Japanese government economy program last July.

The pearls are protecting from dust of pet by coating which we developed.
We plan to making pair Pearl Jewelry with owner of pet.
We will make over 30 sets of them until next March.

I was on "KOBE NEWS PAPER" yesterday about Pearl Jewelry for Pet.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympic game and trend of Japanese woman's shape

Japanese short summer vacation is over. Most of Japanese are back to the work.
During this summer vacation, many Japanese were watching Beijing Olympic game.

I was looking forward to Olympic game, particularly swimming and marathon, because I'm doing both of them.
Japanese swimming team was strong this time. Unfortunately Japanese marathon team couldn't take any medal.

During watching Olympic game, I feel that women athlete who are shaped up are very attractive.
Most of Japanese women want to be a skinny in recent years. They don't like muscle and try to control the weight by food.
Actually that kind of skinny body don't look healthy.

I think trend of Japanese women's shape would be real shape up healthy body as Olympic athlete near future.

We have to design Pearl Jewelry to match with woman's athlete.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Summer vacation

Most of Japanese company takes summer vacation which is called "Obon yasumi".
This summer vacation is much shoter than European or Amerian summer vacation.
Usually it is about 3 days.

Most of Japanese company takes a vacation August 13 to 17th for this year and some companies take August 9 to 17th as one week.

Japanese pople like spa which is called "Onsen" in countryside. We stay old Japanese style hotel and take dinner and spa. It gives us relax time.

I like "Onsen" very much, however I couldn't go there much since we open retail store. Because I have to take care store during summer vacation season. Many tourists are coming to Kobe.

This time our office will be closed August 13 to 17th, however I will be in the office during the time.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Coming to office by bicycle

I come to our office by bicycle one to twice a week. It is about 20km and takes about 50minute. It is really fun and healthy.

I usually get up about 4:45 am and running about 7km 40 minute. Then I take shower and eat breakfast, I go to the office by car or train. I arrive the office about 7:20 am.

When I go to the office by bicycle, I get up 5:20 am. Then I eat breakfast and arrive the office about 6:50 am. I can sleep 35 minute more and come to the office 30minute earlyer.

I save more than 1 hour and cost of gasoline and train fee. Also I can take good exercise.

There are not much people use bicycle for coming to the office in Japan. I think it is good for Eco, health and deduct CO2, so I hope bicycle will be popular in Japan.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Loose Pearls Pairs on card

We have been exporting Japanese Akoya cultured pearls for over 50 years.
We export strands, loose pearls half drilled, 3/4 H.D. etc. and one of the our best exporting item is pairs of LPHD and 3/4 H.D. on card.

We have been making pairs since my uncle was in business.
At that time, commercial quality of 3/4 cut (big cut) pairs on card was popular and my uncle was exporting ton of them.

Time has been changed, now commercial quality of Japanese Akoya pearls are not popular now.

We are making mostly medium to fine quality LPHD and 3/4 H.D. pairs on card.

We could make 3 to 9mm. pairs, so our customers can promote wide range consumers.

Matching of pairs are not easy job. All pearls are little bit different color and luster.
Also customers ask us quick job.
So it needs experience.

Of course I have been matching pairs since I was a child, so I'm also good matching pairs maker.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I enjoy triathlon!

My hobbies are swim, bicycle and marathon. So I can do triathlon.
Season of triathlon race is limited. It has to be summer, because swim part should be sea.

I attended triathlon race last month and this month. Swim part is 1.5km, Bike part is 40km and run part is 10km. It called Olympic distance race.

I finished both of races. It takes 2 hours 56 minutes and 2 hours 49 minutes.
It was hard but I enjoy the race, because I can feel nature.
Also I can appreciate my body.

I plan to attend "open water swim" for 3.2km in August and "ultra marathon" for 100km in September.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Our retail fair

We are having retail fair twice a year as summer and winter. We just finished our summer retail fair last week.

We were selling Jewelry of Japanese Akoya pearls, South sea pearls, Tahitian black pearls and Fresh water pearls.

Japanese economy has been not good recently, because of inflation. So this time our customers didn't want to buy much of Jewelry.

Japanese Akoya pearls are still strong demand here, because over 50 years old people believe that best pearl is Japanese Akoya pearls.
This time we sold baroque shape, multi color and standard necklace and earrings.

We hope Christmas time would be much better.

Start again!

I haven't written my blog for a while, because I was too busy to take care our domestic business. We opened our retail store in Kobe about 2 years ago. Now we found good shop manager and she takes care of it. So I'm back.