I came across an article that one American guy was looking for a JR(Japan Railway) employee who helped him during an earthquake. He was a high school student who stayed in Yokohama and made a trip to Tohoku, a northern region of Japan, where an earthquake hit. Not the biggest one in 2011, but the one 14 years ago.
Due to the earthquake, Shinkansen stopped, and it was the last day for his JR pass. This person working for Sendai station arranged him a youth hostel and paid money for lodging and the next day’s Shinkansen. Now he came back to Japan and tried to find this JR employee, but he was not able to.
Good story but I found Yahoo comments more interesting. Some comments were
- I cannot speak English so I cannot help even if I want
- I don’t know if they need a help
- I am so shy that I cannot help
But some people say they always talk to tourists and help them when they seem to be looking for something. And many responded that they did the same. I usually see ‘not nice’ Yahoo comments (LOL) so it was a pleasant surprise.
Whether good or not, Japanese don’t talk to strangers, especially in Tokyo. I often see some tourists are checking papers or smart phones in the middle of a station. Maybe I should hep them but I also imagine they don’t need a help. A little hesitation…
These feedback are encouraging to me. Wow, Japanese are not shy any more)
I had a chat with Tanseido today. As you may know, Tanseido is one of Kumano brush makers. It differs in that all materials are made in Japan. Takeda says the same. There is a certain threshold to claim ‘made in Japan’ but those 2 companies are 100% made in Japan, they say.
Sadly, they don’t sell at wholesale prices, so I add 30% fee when I sell. I have been asking them to sell at a wholesale price but….. I pay a postage from Hiroshima to Tokyo, so Tanseido is a bit tricky for me..
They suggest to me if I buy e.g. 10 sets, they can give me a wholesale price. I need more orders from you)
I heard an interesting thing from Tanseido today.
‘We made Shu Uemura brushes. But, Shu was bought by Loreal, in which time they switched Tanseido to someone else. And their brushes are now synthetic.’
That is why they call themselves a retailer. No OEM or wholesale though OEM, making products under a seller’s name, seems to be a recent trend. Hakuhodo, Chikuhodo,and Koyudo all are aggressively into the OEM market. Maybe if you consider your brand, Tanseido will good )
They still sell similar brushes to Shu Uemura, not exactly the same, but the prices are reasonable.
(Shu Uemura brushes in the pictures)
I feel they excel in that they have more hair in stock, especially squirrel and kolinsky. They make good products. Their products are made by a good craftsman.
If they are more active in marketing, they will get more known.
In Japan, most people take lunch time from 12 to 1PM, so restaurants are very crowded during the hour. I definitely avoid the time!, and these days I buy lunch and eat it at office.
Today I ate コロッケ (croquette )
Croquette is very popular as family food, and I guess it is adapted from French croquette. Not expensive but it fills a stomach quickly)
Croquette is so common that I haven’t paid much attention till I read one small essay written by Haruki Murakami. (see the last picture – that is the book, long long time ago)
There was a croquette restaurant near his house in Tokyo. West of Shinjuku. Only croquette. The cook only makes croquette, and Murakami says it is the best in Tokyo.The menu has only 2 kinds – croquette lunch and daily lunch. He cooks a croquette after an order is made. So juicy when Murakami eats it. It is like ‘art.’
The cook doesn’t speak much. It seems that he is married and has one daughter.
He has a big injury on his face. Rumor has it that he was a yakuza before. But he is so silent that Murakami did not bother him and talk to him.
I began to pay attention to croquette after I read it. I had thought that croquette was not a big deal but there is a croquette restaurant where one guy supports his family by making only croquette.
Well this may be a real story or not, but Murakami makes it more dramatic with his writing. Now, to me, ‘croquette’ has a story.
Well I received a letter from Chikuhodo that they’ll increase prices of Itachi products effective on October 1.
Please reply to me if you need more info, I will send two pictures.
If you visit Japan now, you see many constructions going on. We will have Tokyo Olympics next year. Maybe that is one reason, but it seems to me that there are always constructions in Shibuya, especially underground.
This time, it is a new building that is being built around the station. Currently, Hachi is the place we meet at Shibuya, maybe the most popular meeting place in Japan. But there might be a new meeting place once it is complete.
As far as I am concerned, the easier shopping is, the better. Brands only sold at Isetan, which I am hoping , will open a shop in Shibuya.
The new station building is called ‘Scramble Square.’ It seems to be three times bigger than the current one. The new building will open on November 1, and they have announced which makeup brands would have a counter. Tom Ford and Amplitude will open the first shops in Shibuya. Both are sold at Isetan now but I will not have to go there)
Another thing I have noticed is Hakuhodo is not listed. I confirmed with a shop that they will not open a shop in Scramble Squire so that there will be only one shop in Shibuya next year. I assume they continue to sell at the current place till March end, 2020.
Here is a list of brands join Scramble Square.
ANNA SUI COSMETICS
YVES SAINT LAURENT
CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE
CHANEL FRAGRANCE & BEAUTY
JO MALONE LONDON
TOM FORD BEAUTY
ANNA’S by LANDTMANN
It is a bit early, but in October, 2019 Holiday Collections will be displayed.
Please take a look at some brands:
Thank you for reading,