Mokuhankan Staff Letter - end of November 2014

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:05 PM, November 27, 2014 [Permalink]

An open letter from Dave to the Mokuhankan staff, after our first month of operation in Asakusa.

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The first month of our (hopefully) long adventure in Asakusa is now behind us. I have to say right up front that I am quite happy with the way that things have gone during this early stage. We've encountered a couple of minor bumps, but overall I think we have done a good job in bringing this new place to life.

The best indicator of this has been the reaction and feedback from the customers who have visited so far. You have heard their comments - "What a beautiful place!" being perhaps the most common - and you have certainly felt their reaction after a Print Party. Every single person who has participated in one of these events has enjoyed it ... immensely.

Our first month of business has confirmed a number of things:


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Two Years in the planning ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:32 PM, November 26, 2014 [Permalink]

… and that 'two years' is no exaggeration. Jed and I have been thinking about a certain project for over two years now, right from the time of our first Kickstarter together.

He is a crazy sketcher, and I am a crazy woodblock carver. So it is a no-brainer that we should create a book of sketches, you know … a 'Henry Manga', along the lines of the well-known Hokusai Manga from years gone by.

But we haven't been able to figure out how to actually put such a thing onto the market. To make such a book would take at least a year …


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Another day, another party …

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:22 PM, November 16, 2014 [Permalink]

Which is worse, a blog post with no pictures, or no blog post …

We had a chance for the perfect photo to illustrate this post today, but we simply didn't have a chance to snap it. When I say 'we', I mean staffer Shiba-san and I, who were running the ship today, and we certainly didn't have time to mess around with cameras!

It was a beautifully clear blue sky Sunday, and Roku-dori (as our street is officially known) was jammed from late morning until long after we shut the door around six or so. That's nothing unusual for this street, but - as I have mentioned before here on this blog and in the A Story A Week - traffic on the street hasn't translated directly into traffic up our stairs.

But we've been playing around with the entranceway a bit, and are now on (I think) our 4th iteration of the poster on the front door, and we've also put a pamphlet rack down there, and have put a series of signs on the stair risers: … Come up … and browse … our prints ...


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The money goes round ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:23 AM, November 11, 2014 [Permalink]

A bit of a different update tonight ... I recently posted stories about our opening days to my A Story A Week series [1 2], so anybody interested in reading about 'how we are doing' so far can check those for an update. Here on the Conversations blog, I'd like to update you with some info on a more hidden side of our business.


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Grand Tour ... (Part II ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:52 AM, November 4, 2014 [Permalink]

Part 2 of the Grand Tour of the new shop!

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Grand Tour ... (Part I ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:02 PM, November 3, 2014 [Permalink]

Slome photos of the new shop ...

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Sign up!

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:06 PM, October 28, 2014 [Permalink]

Our large 'baren' sign is finally raised!

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Homestretch!

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:28 AM, October 24, 2014 [Permalink]

We're approaching opening day ...

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Getting close!

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:23 AM, October 5, 2014 [Permalink]

Another construction update ...

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Blue Storm progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:37 AM, September 28, 2014 [Permalink]

An update on the most recent Ukiyoe Heroes print

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Construction update ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:03 AM, September 25, 2014 [Permalink]

Construction slowly moves along ...

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Signing in ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:25 PM, September 20, 2014 [Permalink]

Preparing our large canvas sign ...

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