A suggestion for your trip to Japan and the knifemaking companies with a connection between Wisconsin and Japan. Frank Lloyd Wright is a well known architect with roots in Wisconsin with a home base at Taliesen in Spring Green less than 1 hour from Madison. He also spent time in Scottsdale Arizona. You may want to contact the Spring Green location and their Gift Store if any of the below is appealing. I am not sure where the on-line store is based.
Here is the contact information:http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/about-us/contact-us
Frank Loyd Wright designed the following buildings in Japan:
Jiyu Gakuen Girls Schoolhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiyu_Gakue ... %99_School
Yodoko Guest House
Aisaku Hayashi House
Frank Lloyd Wright has an on-line store that may give you some additional ideas that might be appropriate to emphasize the continuing importance of the business relationship at the link below. There are a variety of categories below. Usually the item has a description about the design and location – so something in Japan – from Frank Lloyd Wright might be a way to express the connection.http://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm
In searching, the below items were related to Frank Loyd Wright’s design for the Imperial Hotel in Japan.
Imperial Hotel Eyeglass Casehttp://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,2074.html
Imperial Hotel Card Casehttp://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,128.html
Imperial Cuff Linkshttp://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,250.html
Imperial Hotel Rollerballhttp://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,198.html
Imperial Hotel Stencilhttp://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,659.html
This might be too large - a Wall Clock – a little more modern – not with a Japan theme – but they will think of CKTG each time they look at the clock and maybe Frank Lloyd Wright.http://www.franklloydwright.com/browse.cfm/4,697.html
Good luck on the trip and safe travels – look forward to hearing about the trip.