Fort Mason Festival Pavilion , San Francisco
Exhibiting as Kojima Pearl Co.
DOUGLAS TRADE SHOW
HAWAII MARKET MERCHANDISE EXPO
BLAISDELL CENTER , HONOLULU HAWAII
Exhibiting as Pacific Pearls
As we are now nearly finished with all the orders from our sale.. I have a moment to send out a GIGANTIC thank you note..
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ORDERS AND KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
Following that we will be away from the studio from the 7th of June to the 20th of June.. parcels will still be shipped during this time and all questions will be answered, we will simply be closed for studio appointments.
I promise we will return with goodies galore!
With warmth, Sarah and the Kojima team.
Our annual exhibition at the GJX show BOOTH 107 is right around the corner.
The show dates this year are :
February 3rd through February 8th, 2015
Hours: Tuesday 3rd thru Saturday 7th – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 8th – 10:00am to 4:00pm*
*No buyers admitted after 3:00pm on closing day, Sunday 8th.
PLEASE VISIT THE GJX WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON BUYER REGISTRATION
We are very much looking forward to showcasing many new designs and one of a kind pearls.
ALSO THE FIRST DAY OF THE SHOW IS FUJI’s BIRTHDAY THIS YEAR!
If you have never been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, we highly recommend that you make the journey.
Bring comfortable shoes, hand wipes, and a shopping buddy!
There are dozens of shows going on all over the city of Tucson for weeks.
From dinosaur bones to exquisite gems and everything in between.
Here is a little information about the event in general, including show dates and registration requirements.
There are hundreds of seminars and lectures going on throughout the city during the show.
Of course our personal favorite is listening to Elisabeth Strack speak about pearls. This year her lecture will be FEBRUARY 4th 2015 in the MOJAVE ROOM OF THE AGTA CONVENTION CENTER SHOW at 9am.
Here is the link to the full list of AGTA seminars.
We hope to see you there.
With only 9 days between getting home from Tucson and leaving for Asia on a pearl buying trip… I barely had enough time to unpack, get a cold, have a birthday, fill the orders from Tucson, sleep and pack again… but by the grace of pearl fairies everywhere we made the flight! Tokyo is always fun, bright lights, quirky and polite people, and fantastic food. On our second day in Japan, we went to see our dear friends, the farmers at Lake Kasumi ga Ura. We spent the day with them, talking about their latest harvest, drinking tea and of course looking at pearls. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for the addition of new Japan Kasumi pearls to our website. We had a lovely mini vacation in Japan. We accompanied Fuji to his childhood home in Miyanoshita Japan. We visited the shop where the original Pacific Pearls store was in the 1950’s. We visited the Fujiya hotel where Fuji and his sister Aloha were frequent visitors at the heated pool as children… and we visited Lake Ashi where Fuji’s father Rudolf was an avid swimmer. We spent a wonderful time at a hot springs in Hakone … with a view of Mt. Fuji from the pools! WOW what a magical experience, to sit in a natural hot spring with snow on the ground and Mt. Fuji in the distance. We were very lucky to have this view despite the winter weather.
When we landed in Hong Kong … This was the forecast.
And this was the view from the ferry coming home from visiting a friend in an outlying island.
So we splished and splashed from one office to the next trying to see as many pearls as we could before the Hong Kong show started. Most of my days were spent like this.. Making pairs and sorting through thousands upon thousands of pearls to find the most beautiful and unusual ones I could.
Fujis sister Aloha was in town from Bangkok and it was a joy to accompany her to the Hong Kong show as she has been in the pearl business for her entire life and is also a GREAT designer… So fun to have shopping buddies and teachers. It had been so long since i last went to the Hong Kong Jewelry show, I had forgotten how much fun it is! Here is a photo of her wearing our simple drop earrings , so complimentary with her elegant purple blouse!
The weather cleared just before the show began and these are photos from the roof of our building in Tsim Sha Tsui.
My favorite place to escape the hustle and bustle of a city with 7 million people!
The show was fantastic! I really enjoyed seeing so many old and new friends and shopping for pearls and other jewels for three long days!
Here are JUST A FEW of my favorite finds. I will of course post them all on the website little by little upon returning home.
AND as an added bonus.. Whilst I was away.. our team at home produced some very tasty pearl rings in our studio in downtown San Rafael.
These are simply warming my heart right now!
So the time has come to board the plane and say goodbye to the balmy days of Asia for a few months..
Thank you all for supporting what I do.. there is magic in it all.
The protective ninjas we always travel with are
handmade by the amazing Aki Morishima.
From Tokyo , we rode the train to see our dear pearl farmer friends at
Lake Kasumi ga Ura.
Next I spent two wonderful days in Kinugawa with my best friend, such a relaxing and much needed mini vacation.
And then we were off to Hong Kong for more pearl shopping and family time.
Directly following our time in Asia, I was super happy to join my fellow Pearl-Guide members in Malibu for a wonderful weekend of learning, sharing and laughing. As always , in gratitude to Jeremy Shepherd and Hisano Takei and all the people who make this my best pearl weekend each year ! I had so much fun this year, I forgot to take more photos. The pool was just too nice!