Who am I?

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:47 PM, July 23, 2014 [Permalink]

Here's an entire blog post with no images ... can you stand it?

Let's have a break from posts about the upcoming new shop, and deal with an issue that I have been postponing for a long time, but which I can't put off for much longer ... the question of 'identity'. Who am I? (publicly, that is)

A quick recap of the background, for those who aren't familiar with it:


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Bird's Eye ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:57 PM, July 21, 2014 [Permalink]

Just like most people, I've become used to using Google for most image and map searches, but they aren't the only game in town. Here's imagery from Bing (slightly modified in my Photoshop), which gives a very nice perspective on my new neighbourhood!


As you can see, the route to get to our place from the Kaminarimon gate is simple: straight up the Nakamise row of shops, turn left on Denpo-In Street, and you'll see us on the left side in the fourth block. (Or I mean, you will in a few months from now!)


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We're In!

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:37 PM, July 19, 2014 [Permalink]

A very big day for us yesterday - it was our first face-to-face meeting with our new landlord, and the official 'go ahead' from her that we will be her new tenant. Two of the staff members and I were waiting outside the door at ten in the morning, as pre-arranged.

After she arrived and let us in, we all gathered in one of the tatami rooms, kneeling there amidst the many many years accumulation of dust, and we made our formal self-introductions. I gave her the present we had brought, as custom dictates, we passed some pleasantries, and she then handed over the keys.

This isn't the legal beginning of everything; I will be meeting with her real estate agent later to put my seal on the lease, arrange the final details about key money, insurance matters, and many other things, but ... we're in.

After chatting with us for a while about the history of the building and how she came to own it, she dusted herself off, and left us to our own devices. (That history is actually a bit interesting. It won't mean anything at all to our foreign readers, but to Japanese people of a certain age ... to hear that this was the location of 'Noguchi Shokudo' will certainly raise their eyebrows. And indeed, the interior 'decorations' that we are about to begin re-arranging, were built by them when they converted this place to a restaurant.)

Are you ready for a short guided tour?

Before we begin, a couple of notes: I only had a point-and-shoot camera with me, and these rooms are extremely cramped and small (the entire building is only 3 metres wide), so it was very difficult to get understandable photos. (And it was also quite dark in there ...). The other thing to keep in mind is that what you see here is certainly not what you will see when you come in the door on Opening Day. We are going to gut this place!

Anyway, let's go. The doorway from outside is quite narrow, but once you step inside you find that the stairs are neither narrow nor steep - very unusual for Japan. The restaurant people created a Showa 'retro' feeling, and once this is cleaned up, it's going to be beautiful!


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Grab Bag ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:05 AM, July 14, 2014 [Permalink]

Here's a random catch-up on a few of the activities on (and around) my desk this past week or so ...

You might remember that I mentioned a recent 'flood' of orders stemming from a video blogger chatting about the Portraits series a few weeks back ... Well, having a bunch of new orders is nice, but this is where the rubber hits the road ... one by one by one ...


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The original meaning of 'browsing' ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:01 AM, July 9, 2014 [Permalink]

Some sketches of our plans for the shop layout ...

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Wanna buy a new car?

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:17 PM, July 6, 2014 [Permalink]

Samples of the proposed price tags for the new shop ...

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A 'spot' of trouble ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 5:11 PM, June 24, 2014 [Permalink]

We _desperately_ need more (capable) printers...

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Quarter century ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:16 PM, June 18, 2014 [Permalink]

A forgotten anniversary!

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First steps ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:52 AM, June 16, 2014 [Permalink]

Dave's 'tool set' for organizing the construction of the new shop ...

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Portraits progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:55 PM, June 4, 2014 [Permalink]

The key block for the Portraits #8 print is ready ...

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Downtime ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:56 AM, June 3, 2014 [Permalink]

An experience we don't want every day!

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About that 2nd floor ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:00 PM, May 25, 2014 [Permalink]

Still no formal news about our Asakusa workshop plans ...

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