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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 1:30 pm 
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So jealous.



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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:57 am 
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...extremely happy for you, Mark!



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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
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Ok, day three Kosuke (the owner of Konosuke Knives) picked me up and we drove to Kyoto which is about an hour's drive from Osaka. We went straight for Mr. Imanishi's shop. We met his wife and we chatted about stones and he offered me a couple new ones which you will see shortly on the site. Then we toured his warehouse. There were very few shelves and stones were stacked knee deep all over the place! Very haphazard and it was all I could do to not rummage through them all and see what he had burried away. He showed me his natural stone flattening machine and pointed over to a big pile of boxed stones and told me they were all mine and ready to ship. It was awesome being on the other side of an order that was placed in Wisconsin by email and now I get to see it arrive in a few weeks!

Then he mentioned that he had more stuff in the basement. I went down the spiral staircase and there they were. Half a mountain of natural stones as far as I could see covering the entire basement! It was an amazing sight and I was going to jokingly get down on my knees and do the I'm not worthy pose but I thought better of it since jokes are hard to explain and sometimes don't translate the way you want them to.

After our meeting and tour Mr. Imanishi (he asks me to call him Sada) took us over to a beautiful little resaurant tucked away on a side alley. It was gorgeous in there and we were the only ones in the 8 seat restaurant and the cook seemed to know Sada and started laying out plate after plate of all kinds of different stuff. We washed it down with beers and then introduced me to Soju which was tasty and got me buzzed. After that Kosuke, Sada and I took a walk through the Gion district which was filled with old and beautiful shops and restaurants. I made them stop several times and took some pictures. I also bought Sue a gift which she has not seen yet (it's not a knife!) and then we headed back to the office. We said goodbye and then visited a cool Buddhist temple that was nearby and took some pictures and walked around. I wish I had 2-3 more days in Kyoto but we were on a tight schedule so it was back to Osaka where we met at my hotel with another dealer/distributor named Nishi who is from Tokyo. I loved meeting all these guys that I've only emailed before and we got some new stuff that you will see soon from Nishi before he left to go back home. Next year I promised to stay a couple days in Tokyo so I'll have more time to spend with him. Next day was my trip to Nara to meet Kikuichi.



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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
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Can I come bundled in your luggage next time? :o



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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
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MARK <> I'm being serious, and I swear w/o sass... Korean Soju or Japanese Shochu?



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.......the rum, what about their rum.......???????


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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
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No rum Rookie! Sorry. :)

I think it was the Shochu? They said it came made with wheat, potato or rice. I couldn't read the label so it could have been anything. Let me see if I have a picture.



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 Post subject: Re: Off to Japan
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Couldn't read the label cause you's was drunk.....or language barrier? :o



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...methinks a bit o' both.....

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It was most likely Shochu as you were in Japan, and yes, they are often sold in flights of different bases. That's why I was confused when you said Soju... that is the Korean style.



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