Bay designer takes Japan

2016-02-24 06:00
Port Elizabeth jewellery designer Jenni Gault (right) showcased her designs at International Jewellery Tokyo in Japan. With her is René Everson-Varney, Counsellor Political at the SA embassy in Tokyo.      Photo: SUPPLIED

Port Elizabeth jewellery designer Jenni Gault (right) showcased her designs at International Jewellery Tokyo in Japan. With her is René Everson-Varney, Counsellor Political at the SA embassy in Tokyo. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A PORT Elizabeth jewellery designer recently soaked up the atmosphere of Japan in icy weather while showcasing her range at Japan’s largest international jewellery trade show.

Jenni Gault, along with her Brand Manager Ashleigh Parkin, were honoured to be surrounded by international designers, economists and manufacturers at the prestigious opening ceremony dinner and while Gault took pleasure in enjoying a glass of wine with René Everson-Varney, Counsellor Political at the SA embassy in Tokyo, she was also honoured to have a personal meeting with Manley Barnard, Head of the Economic Section.

“It was excellent to note that whilst we are bound to face some challenging times in the jewellery industry both locally and internationally, international designers, manufacturers and retailers are optimistic for the season of 2016 and 2017,” Gault said.

“Manley Barnard went into detail about the opportunities available for South African companies to trade in the Japanese market, resulting in some very exciting potential collaborations between myself and our Japanese team.”

International Jewellery Tokyo drew to a highly successful close with 1 089 exhibitors participating from 31 countries and 27 311 quality buyers throughout Japan and the Asia Pacific region. Two-thirds of the exhibitors were Japanese, while the remaining one-third were international exhibitors.

Gault is however fond of sight-seeing and had the pleasure of photographing many Geisha ladies, dressed in full traditional Japanese Komo’s. “Tokyo is a beautiful, vibrant city, but in contrast to many of the other major capitals it is incredibly quiet and clean,” she explained.

“We were lucky enough to enjoy clear skies and a striking view of Mount Fuji from the Metro on the way to the show every morning.” She said they were also treated to Cosmopolitan foods, some rather interesting and surprising, but most were incredibly delicious.

“Japan is famous for its large variety of incredibly tasty rice cake and its very delicate sweets and confectionery work,” she added.

The ladies took the opportunity to explore the city through prolonging their stay by an extra two days and visited the busiest walking intersection in Tokyo - Shibuya - through which as many as 2500 people cross at a single crossing time. This was followed by some well needed winter clothes for the icy Japan air.

“We completed our first day in Japan with 30 minutes of true Japaneses Karaoke, an amazing experience proving that Ashleigh and I should not give up our day jobs,” Gault said. Day two started with a view up the Tokyo Tower and after souvenir shopping they were humbled by The Senso-ji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo.

“We are truly left feeling like we had experienced the true beauty of Tokyo,” she said.

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