I started the day nice and early and spent some time strolling around the Intex Exhibition center, its a massive place and one where there is always something happening. I ended up in the ticket booth nice and early where I was able to beat the crowds to the queue. having my credentials in order I went about exploring.
The Osaka show does not simply open - its a very detailed opening ceremony that includes a ribbon cutting, the space that was empty only minutes before was now full of retailers and wholesalers looking to see what was next to come in fishing tackle. I was able to catch up with a few folks I had met previous from all over the world and also some GOSEN staff as they entered the great hall of fishing goodies. The ceremony completed the doors opened and the people came in, bearing in mind that today was a trade only day there were people every where
I went straight to the Gan Craft booth where I met with the Gan Craft family, after playing around on the stand for a bit and taking a few photo's I started to stroll around the exhibition. I got to the GOSEN stand to find yet another billboard with my mug on it, not sure how many other people have experienced this before but humbling is an understatement. The staff were all awesome and we got a heap of pics in and had a chat before I started moving again.
For those not aware, this year I was here for 2 reasons, the first as a Gan Craft and GOSEN Pro Staff member and second of all I have decided that I may start importing some products into Australia that our market has yet seen. I met with some people that I have interest in with very positive results, its not very easy to start up business in Japan, its very much a local market only but I hope to have some products landing in the very near future. This year also we had in company Kosta from Hooked up magazine where we were able to pump out some footage for Hooked up magazine in both sponsored booths.
Dinner complete we made our way to the Grand Hyatt Sky bar for more drinks - oh dear I knew I did not need anymore but the company was too good to refuse. After way too many beers, whiskey's, expresso martini's, baileys, shochu and port and stumbled down the lift with the others in tow and we ended up outside in more snow.
Cracking day that I am sure will be better again tomorrow - this place just keeps getting better.