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Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No 187   19 Mar 2007

Dear Customers & Friends

Hello from Japan! This is Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No 187.
10 days ago, I became 48 years old. Several days ago was our 23rd wedding anniversary.
How fast time flies! I feel I am not still mature, but time I am allowed is becoming short with each succeeding day. My life was as below for now.

At 5 years old (1966) - At a kindergarten, a bully pushed heated stove spoon to my hand. I don't have any other memory of kindergarten besides this happening.
At 11 years old(1972) - My picture won a small prize! Parents got delighted!
At 12 years old(1973) - I abandoned the dream to become a pro baseball player.
- Teacher said my academic achievement was the second in the class.
- Experienced the first love, which was completely one-sided - the girl was the first at academic achievement, and she ran faster than me.
At 13 years old(1974) - Bought a book titled ' Your body height will be taller within A week'.
- Came up against Beatles, Red Zeppelin, EL&P and YES. Parents bought me an electric guitar!
At 14 years old(1975) - Quit ping pong club, because I became tired of never being able to be
I became to be able to SWIM! My long time feeling of inferiority became little bit lighter.
Decided to become a musician. Mother heard my decision, and cried.
At 17 yeas old(1977) - I had strong allergic coryza. Snot and red skin around nose gave me another feeling of inferiority.
At 16 years old(1976) - I abandoned to become a musician and went on to a high school.
Belonged to Judo club.
At 17 years old(1977) - Wrote a movie script and directed a movie 'Zorro'. That movie was a big hit at school festival!
At 18 years old(1978) - Decided to become an oceanographer, but mistook the entrance exam.
At 19 years old(1979) - Entered an university(science of fisheries) in Kyoto. I belonged to ice hockey team of university.
- I went to Hokkaido only by hitchhike. Nothing could be found in the shaughran.
At 20 years old(1980) - Experienced various after-school jobs, from Kentucky Fried Chicken to detective( its true). Nothing could be found as usual.
At 22 years old(1981) - Read Saul Bellow's "The Adventures of Augie March".
Decided to become a novelist.
At 23 years old(1982) - I became a first set of the hockey team. Vice captain and point getter of the team! One of my happiest time in my small life.
I didn't attend almost all classes, and couldn't graduate at the end of forth grade.
At 24 years old(1983) - Began to work for a department store. I was asked what kinds of items did you want to sell, and I answered 'art items!', and I was stationed to pan floor.
I deadly disappointed, but I came across Yuka at the same floor!
At 25 years old(1984) - We got married, and we bought several yellow color pans at the floor with little discount prices.
At 27 years old(1985) - I wrote several short novels. Poor Stuffs!
Shoko was born. Excellent Stuff!
At 28 years old(1986) - Bored with selling pans or toilet mats. I hoped to change job, but couldn't dare.
I began fly and lure fishing and found joy there.
At 29 years old(1987) - Nothing valuable still could be wrote.
Mugi was born. Most Valuable Stuff!
At 35 years old(1992) - Finished a self-confident long novel, and applied to a major contest.
I thought I did my best but my work couldn't pass even the first screening.
-Abandoned to become a writer.
-Nothing except department store work remained. From that time, I concentrated to the department store work, and selling something became fun suddenly.
At 40 years old(1997) - The department store downmaned, and I saw many middle aged men were imposed to leave the company.
At 43 years old(2002) - I quit the department store, and began ICHIROYA with Yuka.

Anyway I found MY REAL LIFE now, and I will do my best to become our company bigger and more excellent
I am worried my story may be bored to you. Thank you very much for reading to the end.

By the way, thank you very much for visiting and ordering to our brother shop Rikyu. He is very pleased to accept lots of customers from our site. He says he will write news letter and wants to convey 'ocha culture' and his private news. We are very grateful if you sign up his mailing

Today we will list RARE castle motif Kurume Kasuri, ranru, fukusa, obi, bolt and antique items. We are very happy if you could check and find your favorite items among them.

Ichiro & Yuka Wada
Kimono Flea Market "ICHIROYA"

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