All the Print News that Fits ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:49 PM, August 6, 2015 [Permalink]

Because our shop in Asakusa is somewhat off the beaten path - at least when it comes to woodblock print shops, which are for the most part clustered in the Jimbocho district - most of the people who visit us did not seek us out because we are a print shop; they either came to see the Ukiyoe Heroes prints, they came for a Print Party, or they just dropped in randomly.

We have thus learned over the past months since we opened, that very few of our visitors actually know much about woodblock prints. Is this a problem? Of course not at all; it's a wonderful opportunity!

But it does mean that quite a lot of the conversations we have with people here sometimes tend to veer into 'teaching' mode - we end up explaining not only such things as how the prints were made, but a great deal of background information on them as well.

The other day I came up with a way to help our staff deal with this situation. I am going to create - bit by bit over the coming months and years - a number of small pamphlets that we will pass out to visitors that will help them learn about the things that they see in the shop. Of course we will continue to explain as much as necessary, but I think having such material also on hand will help a great deal.


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Another very big day ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:45 AM, August 3, 2015 [Permalink]

Here is a very rare scene … this is not something you see me holding every day of the week, for sure ...


The occasion? This small snippet clipped from a page of a book just published yesterday …


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Asakusa shop data ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:43 AM, July 12, 2015 [Permalink]

In the Asakusa shop, we don't have a traditional cash register; I think those things are expensive and outdated. We use an iPad outfitted with 'register' software and a credit card reader, and this handles most of what we need. Most customers of course pay by cash or card, but we also have some who wish to pay via Paypal or Bitcoin, and for those we have a computer standing by with the appropriate software running to handle such transactions.

All the sales information flows through the iPad into a database, so it's easy for us to get readouts of interesting data.

Here's an image showing the accumulated sales since we opened last fall (officially on November 1st, but with one Print Party happening the afternoon before …)


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Great Wave video … part thirteen

Posted by Dave Bull at 5:01 PM, July 5, 2015 [Permalink]


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My new job ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:50 PM, June 28, 2015 [Permalink]

Dave gets a moment of global fame ...

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Great Wave video - part twelve ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:29 AM, May 22, 2015 [Permalink]

The next in the series ...

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New print display panel ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:09 AM, May 20, 2015 [Permalink]

A new display panel in the Asakusa shop ..

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Great Wave video - part eleven ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:43 AM, May 9, 2015 [Permalink]

The epic journey to make the Great Wave design continues ...

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NHK program coming up

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:45 PM, April 27, 2015 [Permalink]

We're featured on NHK in a program about Asakusa next week ...

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Rogues Gallery!

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:45 PM, April 25, 2015 [Permalink]

A new addition to the decoration in our Asakusa shop!

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Great Wave video - part ten ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:41 PM, April 22, 2015 [Permalink]

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In Good Company ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:12 PM, April 15, 2015 [Permalink]

An interesting exhibition chance!

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