I mainly buy products in Shibuya Tokyu and Shinjuku Isetan.
Those department stores are still quiet, compared to ‘ Before Corona.’ Yet I see some Chinese buyers who speak Japanese very fluently. They seem to be residents in Tokyo, so not many tourist yet.
Whatever the reason is, Japan COVID situation did not get worse. The Government of Japan has decided to accept foreign travelers of short-time stay now.
I reckon Japan will accept tourists in general soon.
I observed one Chinese buyer who was buying lots of SUQQU eyelash curlers. Do they sell SUQQU eyelash curlers in China very well? It is about 20USD. There may be some secrets in marketing. I need to learn how to sell it)
I don’t think I am good at advertising a product. I take a picture and post it to instagram and online shop.
The other thing is that I don’t do makeup so it is hard to know what people want.
So I talk to shops and Kumano brush makers, and get as much information as possible.
Mostly importantly, I value your feedback. Thank you)
Yesterday, I visited some brands who was displaying holiday collections.
They can customize brushes. That is unique as a fude maker.
They say the business is small, and they try to cope with customer needs.
You can contact them directly or you can use me) Please let me know.
It is difficult to write a blog every day. You see I don’t write a blog daily even though I want to.
I find it easier to write every day than to write e.g. weekly. It is easier if I make it a rule.
I haven’t come to this stage yet.
I try, and I try to write when I find a chance.
I tried to write a blog at cafe last night.
Two groups sat next to me in turn.
Though I tried not to listen, some words were heard, lol.
The first one was a business group.
An old guy, seemingly an eyeshadow manufacturer, was asking a lady, who seems to be a seller, for her opinion.
She put several eyeshadows and was telling him her opinions. And she was happily telling him that she had recently gotten married.
She was saying to him,
her husband is a Spanish. He is 195cm tall. He is a lawyer. He asked her father first for his permission, not to her. (the old guy said, ‘wow really?”) He left Japan without any decision, but later they met in London. Now they are married in Japan.
The second group are two ladies. One lady was asking the other for her opinion on how she could have her boyfriend propose to her. She and her boyfriend live together. She was not happy that it took long for him to make a decision.
It was a strategy session, lol.
I came back home and did some search. I thought I could write something as a blog.
I found some numbers. In Japan, 24 % of men at 50 years old have never got married. (14% for women)
It is in a square shape, the first time in Kumano history.
Kihtisu wants to put a French name as they did to their previous brushes.
I told them that my clients would prefer kanji (喜筆）name or product name in Japanese.
These brushes will be made by Koyudo as usual, with goat hair.
Please let me know if you prefer Kanji, Hiragana or English or French etc.
It would be interesting to know.
Fupa01 is now out of stock, but Kihitsu will ask Koyodo to produce it.
It will take a month or so. I will keep you updated.
I wonder if you prefer 喜筆 to Kihitsu (please see the picture above) .
The handle is darker than the Koyudo fupa01.
Do you think this color is fine ?
I was informed by Koyumo,
the cheek brushes of Gradation, Pearl White and Pearl Pink are now out of stock.
They will be back but take a few months.
(the middle one is a cheek brush of Pearl Pink )
I want to write about my experience when I broke my limitation.
Please skip if not interested, it is totally unrelated to brushes.
Many people study hard or focus on sports and do their best at some point of their life.
That is good.
I didn’t do much till I began to work.
I tried to find how easily or efficiently I could live through school.
I avoided studying long hours.
When I was at elementary school, there were mountains and a river in my town near Hiroshima City – just played there, right after school till a crow cried. (Japanese expression to describe ‘getting dark’)
When I was at a junior high school, I studied hard but it was only several months.
When I was at a high school, I did not study.
When I was at university, I studied only to an extent that I was able to graduate.
On graduating from a university, I wanted to work for a company where I would have an opportunity to work internationally.
I remember I applied to following companies.
And some more that I don’t remember.
Born and raised in Hiroshima, I wanted to work for a company in Tokyo or Hiroshima, but Hiroshima has only Mazda. I was not really interested in cars, LOL.
Makita is in Nagoya, where I have never been.
My choice was either Canon or YKK or Alpine.
I don’t remember how but I ended up in Canon.
At Canon, I chose to work for accounting.
I thought I could work more effectively in accounting, and that I could get a skillset I wanted quickly.
The same way of thinking as before. Avoiding hard work.
The first year was very different from what I had thought.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of work as a rookie.
Canon, though big and multinational, was very Japanese.
Good or bad, Canon ‘educated’ me in a Japanese way. They gave me lots of training, which helped me understand the company.
By the name of OJT, On the Job Training, I worked ‘hard.’
I checked all accounting entries for the main office. There were 3000 to 4000 accounting entries montly, which I needed to check and file.
I heard CPA stands for ‘cut, paste and attach.’ LOL. It was the job I did.
There are lots of positives, though.
I haven’t studied booking keeping so I took a corresponding course. With job experiences, I found it quite interesting. I got to understand accounting.
I liked accounting very much!
Another thing is that I learned that I was able to work hard, LOL.
It was the first time in my life.
I worked from 8am to the last train (12 at night) in Shinjuku.
During the closing seasons, I slept at the office. CFO had a nice sofa and I slept there. I needed to wake up before he came.
I was always wondering why only me…
It was only me working at 12am in the 23rd floor in the middle of Shinjuku.
After several months, I got used to it and learned how to finish my job in a short time.
The second year was much easier.
This experience made me a person who wasn’t surprised at the amount of works. After that, I got many other jobs, but I always looked back the first year, and was able to believe that I could do.
I have an opinion that the amount of work needs to be allocated fairly.
Even with this experience, I am opposed to the Japanese way.
On a personal level, though, it was my first time to work to my capacity and break it. That way, work life after that becomes something I can handle.
My way of thinking is not very Japanese, and I don’t think it is good to give one person more jobs than others.
But, on a personal level, I appreciated it very much.