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Time for a change?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 7:39 PM, March 15, 2014

The short story - we are now accepting Bitcoin as payment for our two woodblock print subscription sets. Subscribers to our very popular Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits and Chibi Heroes series can now make their payments that way if they so choose:


The long story ...

We're well into March now, and as always at this time of year, tax matters raise their head! Along with our steadily increasing business over the past couple of years has come a commensurate increase in our expenses, of course, and keeping the two from 'colliding' is not an easy task!

Here at Mokuhankan we did turn a small profit last year. I say 'we', although from the point of view of the tax authorities there is no 'we' about it; the business here is organized as a 個人事業 (kojin jigyo - personal enterprise), which simply means that every part of it is my own personal affair. All income is treated as my personal income (against which many expenses can be deducted, of course).

The left-over money at the end of the year is the amount that I then pay personal income tax on, and this time around, as that was a very small amount, my taxes were also very light. This will have an additional benefit over the course of the coming year, as many other expenses 'cascade' from this tax assessment: my medical insurance premiums will be very low, as will be my prefecture and city taxes. (And if I still had children in civic day care, their fees would be negligible; fortunately those days are long past!)

But having only a very small profit isn't really good news of course. I work insane hours, and to find that there was so little left at the end of the year (and I take no salary) is a bit disheartening. So I've been going over the financial statements to see if there are any expenses that seem like they could be reduced.

The complete statements will be coming up in a post later, but for now, here's one small clip from the yearly expense summary:


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Portraits #3 ships ...

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 6:56 PM, March 5, 2014

A few days ago I returned to the workshop after a ten-day 'break' over in Canada visiting my family - parents, siblings, daughters, and grand-children ... Ten days was nowhere near enough, but it was all I could spare just now. Our new Portraits series has kind of taken over our lives here at Mokuhankan.

While I was away, the initial batch of print #3 - The Lunatic - arrived from printer Numabe-san.


The packing ladies had done all the preparation for shipping, and were just waiting for me to confirm that the prints were 'OK', before getting them all packed up. They were indeed all acceptable - as we expect from Numabe-san these days - so while the ladies got busy finishing the preparation, I fired up my bookkeeping software and initiated the automated monthly billing procedure. Payments have been streaming in over the past couple of days, and today the first batch of 130 or so went off to the Post Office.

That leaves around 100 more, and they will leave bit by bit over the next week, as those collectors send their payments in.

But 25 of the collectors will not be getting their prints sent that way in the usual envelope-style packaging. They'll be getting a larger boxy package ... Yes, the first batch of cases have been finished by Dani-san!


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Chibi Heroes update ... new case!

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 9:58 PM, February 10, 2014

Remember our Chibi Heroes series from last year?


I say 'last year', but the Chibi Heroes series is actually alive and well; we have a number of currently active subscribers, and more joining all the time.

Why do I mention it now, though? Because finally ... we are ready with the new storage case / display stand!


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IAmA Update ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 8:44 PM, February 8, 2014

So we're done! The Reddit event came off pretty much as planned, although as it wasn't promoted on the Reddit Sidebar, there weren't all that many people 'present'.

I don't have any kind of image or photo to show you - I was pretty busy start to finish with print-making, answering questions, updating the thread, and generally having a good time, to take any ...

Nor was the - 3-hour! - video stream preserved ... All that remains is a long Reddit thread with any number of over-blown replies from Dave!


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IAmA woodblock printmaker!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 3:52 PM, February 6, 2014

The Reddit event is now scheduled!

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Portraits series cases arrive!

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 9:16 PM, January 31, 2014

We finally have some cases available for our Portraits print series ...

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Wrapping things up!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:18 AM, January 31, 2014

Where are our packages going?

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Webcast with Jed ... recorded version

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 2:16 PM, January 23, 2014

Webcast recorded version ...

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Live Webcast!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:23 AM, January 11, 2014

Jed & Dave - Live Webcast in Tokyo!

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Portraits Launched!

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 7:06 PM, January 7, 2014

The Portraits series is now up and running ...

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Portraits milestone ...

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 10:18 PM, December 25, 2013

Running the numbers on the Portraits series ...

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Woody mystery - the solution

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 11:43 AM, December 5, 2013

How the wooden prints were made ...

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