Tag Archives: Matsumoto Craft Fair

Tale Of A Nose


If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

… unless it involves pulling out a nose hair

… because that shit hurts.


note: very cool stuff by Kazu Harada/automatamaker here: http://nizo.jp/gallery_e.htm

I saw his stuff at the Matsumoto Craft Fair at the end of May. Very cool!

 double note: Kazu Harada’s very short youtube videos here:
(if you like cool handmade crank stuff)


triple note: I like this one the best … but I’m anal:



Today #38

Today was all cone and very little ice cream.

Rock, Teeth, Zipper.


Why does a little piece of food at the back of your throat make you gag like crazy,
… but a piece of lettuce on your tooth can just sit there all day unnoticed?


note: this was this weekend’s top weird strange amazing thing at the Matsumoto Craft Fair!

double note: sculpture by Ito Hirotoshi (last name first; first name last). Check out some of his other cool stuff: http://jiyuseki.com/  (click on the English link)


Trivial Bets #4

Burt Lancaster is still alive. (false)

planetross 1 – trivial better – 3

It’s True!


Kicking the bucket isn’t much fun.


note: Death rides a pail horse! … that’s kind of silly.

double note: I guess I’m beyond the pail now!

triple note:kicking the bucket” phrase origin is here. If you are short of time, it says: The wooden frame that was used to hang animals up by their feet for slaughter was called a bucket. Not unnaturally they were likely to struggle or to spasm after death and hence ‘kick the bucket’.

quadruple note: I’m off to the Matsumoto Craft Fair  again! I’ll be back Sunday night … my time.


Trivial Bets #3

At the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, you actually see Paul Newman and Robert Redford die. (false)

planetross 1 – trivial better 2


Matsumoto Craft Fair 2009

 Looking around a big Craft Market on the weekend made me think about “crafting” and “marketing“.

All the crafts on display were topnotch. I wasn’t really interested in a lot of them, but I could appreciate the “craftmanship shape quality of all the vessles and other crafts present“.

The real difference was in the presentation/marketing.

Some artists displayed their stuff like cakes at a bake sale, while others thought a garage sale type layout might best attract attention and buyers.

bad display of a cool item

These things were cool and reasonably priced, but they looked like crap just lying there. Having them on little stands would have been a lot better.

much better angle

Maybe the artist wanted people to pick them up, but you could barely see what they were if you were just walking by.

handle makers are not knobs

Other artists really had a handle on the presentation situation.

There were many good techniques:

Cool Display Units 

cool display

 These would still look good sitting on a table, but the display unit made everything so much better.

What the heck's in there?

This one triggered my curiousity. There were lighting fixtures/lamp things inside. Yes, I did look in all 3 holes.


Expensive Cool Stuff Out Front

 cool hats ... but they sold out of everything but the hats

 I don’t think this person sold too many funky hats for $80, but they sold out of all the felt belts and pin-on corsage things that looked like flowers.


Grouped Things

Somethings just look better in numbers; lined up, grouped together, lying in bunches, or spread out.

solidarity in numbers

 United we stand, divided we don’t sell … or something like that.

photo opportunity to create interest

 20 together look cool, but maybe the effect will be different when you buy one and put it on your apartment balcony. These were the 2nd most photographed thing at the market. Having 10 people constantly buzzing around your display with cameras can’t be too bad.

colorful things get noticed

 Being colorful always helps.

nicely lined up is nice

Nicely lined up never hurt sales.

Why didn't they have these in the Elementary School Orchestra?

User friendly grouped musical things are begging to be looked at and played. (played term used loosely)

You better buy one because you're kid really likes it ... for 5 minutes.

Things made for kids can’t be too bad.


Craft Market people are crafty … sometimes.



note: the jury is still out on this one.

I've been looking for lemons on chairs!

These people were selling coat hangers made of twine or something. I guess they knew that their product wasn’t so visually stunning.
I think they sold them all though. (the coat hangers, not the chairs with lemons on them)


double note: ahhh! The most photographed thing at the Craft Market was …

The Pinky Girls!

The Pinky Girls working for Matsumoto City selling “2 Day Bus Passes“.
I was going to buy some … until I was reminded that I drove to the Market.


triple note: How not to sell your stuff …

These artists are sometimes tempermental

don’t sit behind your wares in total despair.


quadruple note: I never mentioned the ring/jewelry people because really they don’t need any presentation skills or other help to make people look and buy their stuff.

quintuple note: “location, location, location” didn’t work at this place. The best located stand was a rogue shop on the way to the Craft Fair that 75% of people walked by to and from the Fair.
They were selling crappy factory laquer ware stuff and didn’t get too many sniffs, bites, or second glances.

sextuple note:

a craft market could be a boat show
a carafe market sells vessles too!