It is Golden Week in Japan, and most of people are not working.
It is also in the middle of ‘stay home’ period, so maybe it is not very different from April. Ths Golden Week will be quiet.
‘Stayhome’ request seems to get longer till the end of May.
I see people frustrated nowadays. Economically, restaurant and travel industries are deep in trouble, and some companies began to go bankrupt.
If it gets long, more companies go broke, so this decision is now very difficult to make about when to stop the ‘stayhome.’
As for Kumano brushes, they still make brushes. Currently, they are on holidays till May 6 – Golden Week holidays.
My client informed me that Chikuhodo released a new brush today.
It is called MK-KO. Makie handle with squirrel hair. It is a powder brush.
KO stands for Koi 鯉. It is Carp, and Carp is a symbol of Hiroshima.
I took a look at this
And MK-KO looks similar to MK-2 or Z9.
Here is a link to online shop.
Some say that Hiroshima Castle was built in the 17th century, and that there were many Carp around it. We call it a Carp Castle.
After the war, a professional baseball team was born. It was named ‘Hiroshima Carp.’
Their team color is red, and Hiroshima became a town in red, well, you see Carp uniform everywhere.
This MK-KO has Carp design with a red handle. Chikuhodo created this brush in Carp red, I imagine.
The handle was designed by
Funny thing was that there was a baseball All-Star game in Hiroshima, and I was watching it on TV. Koyudo Chairman was there!
So next day I called them, and it was him)
Houkodou had a brush in Carp red, so you see Carp red everywhere…
Born and raised in Hiroshima, I am also a Carp fan, pretty avid, actually.
I will talk more about it in next newsletter.
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