Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Winter vacation

Our office will be closed Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 for our winter vacation.
We will be back on Jan 5.

2011 was tough year for pearl business.  We had Big earthquake and Tsunami.  Japanese yen has been too strong against US dollar & Euro.
We hope the situation would be better for nest year.

Have a happy new year 2012!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

South Sea Pearl auction in Kobe

South Sea Pearl auction was held in Kobe last week and I was attending it.
Most of buyers were Japanese pearl manufactures including big companies as MIKIMOTO.

First day is mainly South Sea Pearls, second day is Tahitian black pearls and third day is commercial quality.
Most of pearls were for material of necklace.

Price of top quality were very strong in South Sea Pearls and Black Pearls.
Recently sales of Japanese market is getting recover.  Japanese people haven't spent money after earthquake in North part of Japan, however sales of high quality Jewelry is good in Department store in Tokyo area now.
Some Japanese are tired to be "Jishuku" which don't spend money.
This is one of the reason of result of prices.

Japanese Yen has been strong against US$ & Euro, so these price of high quality pearls are very difficult to export for oversea countries.

Prices of medium to low quality were stable.  Because price of volume zone in the market is limited.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Summer vacation

Our office will be closed August 12 to 16 for summer vacation.
Jewelry industry in Japan has been slow after earthquake in North part of Japan.
Also weak US$ & Euro against Japanese Yen make our export business difficult.
I hope exchange rate would be better before Christmas season.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Internatioanl Jewelry Fair in Kobe 2011

Internatinal Jewelry Fair in Kobe 2011 was held May 11 to 13th and I visited last day.
Jewelry industires in Japan didn't expect many visitiers this time, because of earthquake and Tunami in North part of Japan.
Nucler power stations in fukushima are still in troubles, so many overssea buyers are afraid to visit Japan.

However there are some oversea buyers and some Chinese buyers bought top quality of pearls as Japanese Akoya Pearls strands, Golden South Sea Pearls.

I feel most of exhibiter carry same merchandises and it is not easy to fined character of company.
Wholesalers want to handle popular items, so everybody carry same goods.
It's not easy to purchase of stock for visiters, because most of exhibiter handle same type of merchandises.

Cash management of Japanese manufactures has been tight, so it is hard time to make oridinal merchandises for them.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Golden Week - Japanese spring vacation

Our office will be closed April 29th to May 1st, May 3rd to May 5th for Japanese national holidays.
Many Japanese companies are going to close April 29th to May 8th for 10days.
It's like Japanese spring vacation.

Usually many Japanese take trip to sightseeing, spa, oversea in this time.
However there are not so many tourists this year, because of the earthquake. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thank you very much! We are Okay!

Major Earthquake & Tsunami hit North part of Japan on March 11th.
Probably over 10,000 people dead and injured in North part of Japan and it's going to take long long time to recover.
Also nuclear plans get in trouble now and this is big problem for North part of Japan.

We got many e-mail and Fax from over sea, which thank you very much!
Fortunately our company "Kobe" are located west side of Japan.
So we are Okay this time so far.

North part of Japanese are "Gaman tsuyoi" which is strong for patient, because they are living in long winter.
So they are tough and I believe that they can go though this hard time.

Also we went through Big earthquake in Kobe and we will help North part of Japan by our experience.

It's going to be long way to recover and it's just started.
We can do it!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Export of pearls from Japan in 2010

Amount of exporting of pearls from Japan in 2010 is about 21,764kg US$203,770,000.-.

The amount was down about 3% compared with 2009.  Main reasons are exchange rate as strong Japanese Yen and economy situation for all over the world.

However amount of exporting Japanese Akoya Pearls are increased about 8% compared with last year.

Amount of exporting South Sea Pearls & Black Tahitian Pearls are down.
We feel there are enough quantities of these pearls in the market.

India & Thailand market was increasing last year and we expect that they are growing up more in 2011.

Manufacturers & Exporters of Japanese Akoya Pearls http://pearl.kobepp.com

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Video of KOBE BRAND Japanese Akoya Pearls

JAPAN PEARL EXPORTERS' ASSOCIATION made new promotion video of "KOBE JAPAN QUALITY - Japanese Akoya Pearls".

Japan has 4 season as Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and 4 season make good quality of pearls.

Kobe have history of processing of pearls as pearl city and Kobe has reliable grading of pearls.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

New crop auction was over

New crop auction of Japanese Akoya cultured pearls was over.

Average prices of top to medium quality are about 20% higher than last year.
The quantity of top to medium are short this year.
Also demand of Chinese market is strong and there are not enough quantities for them.
That is why the price was going up.

Domestic market has been weak and we predict this year too.
So we can not increase price for domestic market but export "China market".

New merchandises are coming around summer.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Happy New Year 2011!
We are back to the office today.  It was short and very cold weather vacation.

Japanese Yen has been strong against US$ & Euro since last year.
It was problem for our export business.
However Fine quality Japanese pearls are popular for oversea market.
We expect to export more of Japanese Akoya pearls for Asian countries.

New crop auction has been started.
Price of fine quality are raised about 10~20% compared with last year.
Because quantity of fine quality are less than last year.

We hope new year is going to be a good year for pearl business.