Ogenki desuka everyone? This is Yoko writing this week's newsletter. Hope Minasan is enjoying the last weekend of March.
As many of you may already know, in Japan, new term or grade in schools or companies starts in April. Everything is a fresh start and new environment for some people soon. For those of you making a brand new start in Japan next week, dozo ganbatte kudasai!!! About the time this newsletter reaches you this weekend, 'Sakura'(cherry blossom) should be blooming and welcoming you at wherever you will stand!! Ouenshitemasu!
A news arrived last week and shocked us all.. ... Ichiro Suzuki, a major league baseball player at Seattle Mariners announced his retirement. I am shocked but not disappointed. Until at age 45, he has tried really hard and did more than an amazing job away from his homeland. During his baseball carrier, he won Golden Glove 10 times and picked All-Star 10 times too!!! I am more than certain that his name will be remembered as a legend as long as there is a baseball!!! During his interview after the game on Friday, he was asked 'what was one thing you carried out throughout your baseball carrier?', after thinking quietly, he said 'it was love for the baseball'. Kakkoii! His interview brought tears to my eyes though it was not a sad or regrettable interview at all. His baseball carrier ends in March... What would his April be like at age 45 now???? I would like to say, Otsukaresama Ichiro! Arigato Ichiro!!!
Oh by the way, ICHIROYA is not named after Ichiro Suzuki. It is named after our president, Ichiro Wada!!! coincidentally, same first name! hahaha!!
Have you noticed a pattern of baseball has been one of the popular motifs in Japan?? We made this lovely obi in our facility!!!
****Even it has SOLD mark, obi can be available if you could wait for 1-2weeks. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing this obi.