Eighth day (July 12th) – Samurai Jeans !!
by Dandy H & Bro.
After taking shinkansen from Nagoya to Osaka on 0700 in the morning, finally I get back to my hostel in Osaka,
I have been waiting for this day from the first day in Japan, the day that i will visit Samurai jeans in Osaka.
We rented a bicycle to go to Samurai office, after asking for the direction with the hostel staff, finally I marked the map and ready to cycling all over the way to Samurai office.
Unfortunately, the weather turns bad, and became rainy, all we can do is keep cycling to our destination.
Rain is not enough for our day, we got lost in when we find the subway exit gate (as our check point go get to Samurai office) so we got wet.
But everything is paid when finally we came to the front of the Samurai Office.
And then we met with our contact, Sandy and then tell us to sit down ant wait for a moment. And then I got very nervous when i saw someone inside the office (we wait outside the office) with blonde hair,white T shirt and denim shorts, Yes he is Nogami-san, The Samurai boss.
Sandy introduced us to the boss, and then we explained why we are there and why Samurai jeans, and what we are doing back home.
Like all the other masters i have visited before, I showed Nogami-san of my previous Japanese fabric jeans to him, I feel very happy that he like some of the details, but I know there is still a long way to go to make a perfect jeans.
And Nogami-san introduced us to one of his staff, Shin-Ichiro Tao who is the designer of Samurai jeans, he also inspected ESRE that I bring to Japan.
After that we are going upstairs to do the interview with Nogami-san about Samurai Jeans, from A to Z.
At first Sandy think that my Japanese will be hard to understand, but until I try to convince her and test my Japanese, They think it is good enough., so the interview is going on, funny and great.
Before I go to the next part of this journal, I would like to share with you guys the ambiance of the Samurai store in Osaka.
The Ambiance is very nice, with wooden interior, Gloomy lighting, Vintage machinery and over hundred collection of Samurai items.
After the interview is finished, we are going back down to have a chit chat together, and I introduced Nogami-san to Indonesian cigarettes.
I also bring IDC 2011 T- shirt and asked him to signed it for me, because for me, meet Nogami-san is like a boy meet his idol. Nogami-san also gave me a gift, Samurai book, a magazine by Bros publisher that talked about everything about Samurai Jeans, Including Samurai S/S 2011 collection.
After have a conversation I go upstairs once more to buy something from Samurai shop in Osaka, and of course have them signed by Samurai boss. Also my cousin who help me with my trip also ask me to buy him Samurai jeans and ask me to get him jeans a sign of Nogami-san too.
Since we’ve done all the things we should do, it is time for us to get back to our hostel, with a sad feeling that we have to leave Samurai Office,but we have a great experience in Samurai Office, I hope next time I have a chance to go there again or meet them somewhere.
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