We conducted our regular event visiting shrine for the first time in 2018 wearing matching happi coat.
Walking the graveled approach to the shrine after passing Torii gate would make me feel dull, however, I would feel an illusional image walking over the natural matter different from snow or sand when I walk with my eyes closed.
I would feel comfortable with the example of Japanese manufacturing idea which artificially makes people's feeling in consideration with appropriate size and amount of gravels.
We got Japanese shine devotions asking for safe and prosperity in 2018 on the main building of shine sitting in a single row in the correct manner on a Japanese tatami mat.
It would be a kind of superstition to rely on gods after doing all we can do, I would realize the beginning of year 2018 as "well, new year has started" when hearing shine priest's reciting a Shinto prayer and sounds of staff with plaited paper streamers shaken over heads and my feet going to sleep to the limit.
Despite food stands lined up and many sonship-visitors, the atmosphere of the approach of the shrine filled with a sense of tense made me straight up as usual.
With a cup of hot Japanese sake, I would try every single kind of food provided by food stands including flied noodles, octopus dumpling, tripe hotpot, Japanese-style pancake, chicken skewers, then I have gotten drunken as usual beginning of the year.
Thanks to clients and stakeholders, 2018 is 15th anniversary of KOMA.
I would be a bit surprised for KOMA to be sustained given it was established with high impetus without careful considerations.
Products in the beginning would be ordered as "Please provide products quickly and cheaply because we do not care so much about their quality", which made me vexing, thus, I have sticked to keep making products without any expectations of sales, remembering good environment given to me while my training period.
After 8 years just sustaining KOMA, we have been allowed to challenge to make own products for 7 years.
It was big opportunity for KOMA to have exhibition at 45 square matter main stage of Isetan Shinjuku store, offered at the beginning of own products.
It was just 5 years ago, when 2013, 33 square meter KOMAshop was opened to sell own products.
Reviewing the sequence of events, I have re-realized we are just new comer.
There are many long-standing interior shops around Aoyama area which I have snooped wth admiration when we were student.
Actually, one furniture shop declined the application as craftsman of Kamei.
Long-standing shops have been keeping their originality, I continue to be a fun of them.
Now, we are delighted to see for students and young craftsmen for furnitures across Japa n to visit out shop, like us long time ago. And we would like to be deserve for their view.
The day we visited the shrine, we went back to our factory and drink alcohol again.
We conducted the Japanese traditional First Writing of the year which was shown in the flame.
They are interesting because we tend to write down stretched goals given alcohol make us generous.
This is brand new event we have started this year.
We made send KOMA-1 GP on the day.
The theme was "Trash Box", which I won again. The top prize JPY10,000 was immediately confiscated before putting into my wallet due to Takeuchi Mai-chan's comment "you have spent too much expenses !"
I would wonder and be excited to what will happen this year.
I would like to proceed further as 2017 becomes to loom in the distance and make many memorable matters so that we are able to enjoy our drinking party in 10 years !