We had a parade yesterday for the new Emperor and Empress.
The parade was scheduled a month ago but the big typhoon damaged Japan so badly that it was postponed.
The Emperor is a symbol of Japan, and he has no political influence. He tries to be with people as much as possible so that Japanese people like the Emperor very much. The Empress was a diplomat educated at Tokyo University and Harvard, and am playing a role to be friends with foreign countries. The parade was watched by 27% of the nation.
Today, I want to talk about the ordering process for Takeda.
Takeda is a Kumano brush maker and made Nadeshiko brushes to celebrate the World Cup win by Japanese women soccer.
Takada, for me, works like Hakuhodo. I buy a brush at Shinjuku Takashimaya at retail price + 10% tax. So I charge 20% in addition to a price excluding tax in the same way as Hakuhodo.
The difference is that I exchange information with Takeda President to specify a client requirement so a brush can be almost order- made.
A handle color can be chosen. Handle wood can also be chosen between a usual one and maple. Hair shape can be requested – its length, width etc by presenting pictures sent by a client, which I send to Takeda. It is not exact-made as OEM that has a test product to start with. But it is unique that you can request a brush you like, by utilizing what Takeda has.
The downside is that it takes 2 to 3 weeks and I would ask you to accept a completed product though it might not be exactly the same as you want. Takeda tries best to make a brush you like, but it is made only with the resources they have. They send me pictures and you can check them before finalizing your order.
Takeda is flexible with client requests, which makes a difference from other brush makers.
If you are interested, please let me know)
Thank you for reading,