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JBroida
08-27-2012, 07:12 PM
Its coming close to that time again for us. Every year, we close down for a bit so we can go back to Japan and i can train with the craftsmen in sharpening and blacksmithing. We also meet with most of the knife makers we work with and a few new ones too. This year, we will be going from September 19th to October 20th. As usual, we will not be shipping during this time. However, that does not mean you can not place orders. All orders will be shipped upon our return (as fast as we can get them out). Also, during this time, we will be checking e-mail (and responding when possible) and will also be on skype when we can.

Anyways, if you're waiting to place an order right now, our last day of shipments will be september 18th.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause. These trips are important to us to be able to train, but also so we can work on bringing you cool new things (and new educational materials). Thanks for your patience and understanding.

-Jon (and Sara)

add
08-27-2012, 07:51 PM
Best wishes on this year's trip success...sounds wonderful, travel safe.

SameGuy
08-27-2012, 10:46 PM
If you're in Tokyo on Friday the 21st or Saturday the 22nd maybe we can meet up for shōchū... I'm taking my sister to Tsukiji for the auction and sushi breakfast on the 21st, then the Giants game in the evening. Saturday afternoon we will be at Ryogoku Kogukikan for the bashō. We're leaving on the 19th, out of Detroit, arriving Haneda late on the 20th; are you going LAX to Haneda?

JBroida
08-28-2012, 12:59 AM
sadly, we have meetings lilterally every day of the trip (usually more than 1 per day)... zero free time this trip. Sorry. We will be in tokyo for some of the same time, but we have plans from the morning to late evenings every day :(

We go LAX to narita usually.

chuck239
08-28-2012, 01:51 AM
If you need someone to fondle the knives, I mean.... Watch the store. I am more then glad to do it. What about the garden?? Free tomatoes??

-Chuck

JBroida
08-28-2012, 02:06 AM
i'm hoping we get a couple tomatoes before we leave :(

Tatsuya
08-28-2012, 02:41 AM
Is there a bottle of Hibiki from the duty-free shop in the near future?

JBroida
08-28-2012, 02:55 AM
i really do love japanese scotch

JohnnyChance
08-28-2012, 12:05 PM
Any chance on restocks of the Gesshin 400, 2k or Suien VC cleaver before you leave?

JBroida
08-28-2012, 12:39 PM
i think the stones are going to get here while i am gone... however, there is absolutley no chance of me running out of them once they get here ;)

The cleavers may get here sooner. I think they're on the way as we speak.

apicius9
08-28-2012, 04:07 PM
sadly, we have meetings lilterally every day of the trip (usually more than 1 per day)... zero free time this trip. Sorry. We will be in tokyo for some of the same time, but we have plans from the morning to late evenings every day :(

We go LAX to narita usually.

Hey, we know you have to say that for the IRS ;) But I hope you will find a good balance - or a lot of overlap - between work and fun.

Stefan

JBroida
08-28-2012, 04:14 PM
sometimes i wish i was saying that just for the IRS... we're squeezing 6 weeks of plans into 4 this year :(

Sara@JKI
08-28-2012, 08:54 PM
I hope I can squeeze in my shopping time in our schedule :bliss:


ok Jon... I'm just kidding.

Tatsuya
08-28-2012, 09:48 PM
Take pictures of higanbana. :)

Sara@JKI
08-29-2012, 05:31 PM
Take pictures of higanbana. :)

I haven never seen higanbana field (or higanbana batake?).... any good locations? They are really pretty...

Tatsuya
08-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Neither have I, but I'm told they're not uncommon in my family's neighborhood (Kinugasa, Yokosuka). I've never been to Japan later than August, always spring or summer. I just got off the phone with my mom though, that might change this year. :)

Sara@JKI
08-31-2012, 01:27 AM
Neither have I, but I'm told they're not uncommon in my family's neighborhood (Kinugasa, Yokosuka). I've never been to Japan later than August, always spring or summer. I just got off the phone with my mom though, that might change this year. :)

I found out that Hidaka city, Saitama has the largest garden of higanbana (http://www.kinchakuda.com/index.html)(and this is a higanbana only type of garden) in Japan... and in this particular garden, higanbana seems to blossom from around mid September for about 2 -3 weeks.
http://k-kabegami.com/kintyakuda/4.jpg

http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/toshiphoto1/imgs/8/1/812807e1.jpg

Tatsuya
08-31-2012, 02:14 AM
That looks awesome. Itsuka...

Cutty Sharp
08-31-2012, 02:25 PM
I hope I can squeeze in my shopping time in our schedule :bliss: ok Jon... I'm just kidding.

Goodness, can't Jon-san speak Japanese by now? Sara, I think you should be free to shop while Jon does the knife stuff. Daijoubu, I say. :wink:

Nice higanbana photo!

Sara@JKI
08-31-2012, 10:08 PM
Goodness, can't Jon-san speak Japanese by now? Sara, I think you should be free to shop while Jon does the knife stuff. Daijoubu, I say. :wink:

Nice higanbana photo!

Jon is fully aware of my behavior, including bad shopping habit, and this makes it very hard to hide away to go shopping...... Jon wa kowai desuyo....

Sara@JKI
08-31-2012, 10:08 PM
NOTE: Kowai, not kawaii.

Tatsuya
09-01-2012, 01:12 AM
Hahaha, yeaahhhhh buddy.

Sara@JKI
09-04-2012, 03:01 PM
or.. maybe Jon wa ijiwaru. ha!

Cutty Sharp
09-04-2012, 04:11 PM
No, I wouldn't have thought that Jon was kawaii, but sad to hear if he is kowai and maybe ijiwaru. He should let you go do your shopping, though. I mean, how many knives and stones does he have?

... Actually, a little worried now that if he is 意地悪人 he shouldn't be around all these knives.

Sara@JKI
09-06-2012, 12:58 AM
No, I wouldn't have thought that Jon was kawaii, but sad to hear if he is kowai and maybe ijiwaru. He should let you go do your shopping, though. I mean, how many knives and stones does he have?

... Actually, a little worried now that if he is 意地悪人 he shouldn't be around all these knives.

haha.. we'll test his nature in Japan then - I'll update!