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    Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

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    Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. in June 2019

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    G-Shock creator Kikuo Ibe will be making another appearance in the United States, this time at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois (near Chicago). The event will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 30 customers who spend $1,000 or more on G-Shock products will receive a free G-Shock DW5600 watch signed by Mr. Ibe. Those who wish to attend can register here.



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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    There isn't a $1000 G-Shock that I want. Or $1000 worth or G-Shock products. Are there 30 people out there that will spend $1000 for a free signed watch?

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    Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    I’m not sure why there aren’t any other posts about this event but I will go ahead and share my experience.

    Three things came to mind when I first heard about this event near Chicago 1) a chance to meetup with tommy.arashikage who lives in that area 2) my wife has been wanting to visit Chicago for a while 3) the event was organized by another good acquaintance that I’ve been wanting to meet.

    It didn’t take much to convince my wife to go and when I heard that Tommy was available that Sunday - it was a no brainer!

    Prior to the event Tommy and I coordinated our Square pick for the event. We took a gamble and assumed Kikuo would be wearing his GW-M5600 since it’s the watch he wore at the Topper event (and he was wearing it he night before during a signature session).



    Going in I was pretty confident he would be wearing it for the event but when I got to the event I noticed he was wearing his white GW-5600. Doh!











    The first interesting thing to happen at the event - one Kikuos assistant approached me and shook my hand. He then said: “have I met you before?” I can’t believe he remembered me from the Topper event last year.



    To preface the following event - Tommy and I are not really into signatures so our goal was to get a simple wrist shot with the godfather.

    After the presentation Tommy and I walked to Ibe San, shook his hand and kindly asked if we could get wrist shot - as soon as we extended our arms Ibe San immediately noticed we were wearing our GW-M5600s - what followed completely floored us. When he noticed what watches we were wearing his eyes literally lit up! He frantically ripped off his white G-Shock, quickly RAN behind the stage, came back with his GW-M5600 and quickly strapped it on for the synchronizes wrist shot.

    It does not get better and this folks!!



    Kikuo, me and Michael


    Chicago is truly a beautiful city. Originally the forecast called for thunderstorms + rain but as we got closer to the weekend, the forecast changed and cleared up. We ended up getting some pretty nice weather with just a few rain storms.

    Amazing architecture













    Bean fist bump



    Famous Chicago theater



    Wrist shots from the top of Willis tower





    Lots of beautiful street art





    Mmmmm love bricks and cobble stone



    And beautiful indoor art







    And you cannot go to Chicago and not enjoy some....





    FIN



    Big thanks to Tommy for sharing this unforgettable moment with me.

    Thanks to Michael for being such a great host.

    Thanks Chad from Abt’s for giving us a private tour of the factory. Very impressive.

    And BIG thanks to The Godfather Kikuo (and his crew) for creating such a great product and still appreciating us G-Shock enthusiasts after all these years.
    Last edited by acadian; June 6th, 2019 at 18:51.

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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    He was wearing 5600 in Toronto.
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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket1991 View Post
    He was wearing 5600 in Toronto.
    Nice - I think for this trip he traveled with his black GW-M5600 and white G-5600A
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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by acadian View Post
    Nice - I think for this trip he traveled with his black GW-M5600 and white G-5600A
    Likely. Both are great all around watches and totally suit him.
    Some of execs were with G-Steel on one of marketing professionals - Mudmaster or something similar. Strictly big cuffs and non restrictive jackets to fit watches. Nobody fancy enough to be with MRG even CEO.

    He actually brought interesting point during his presentation: at the time square was biggest Casio and he went against the stream at the time in designing it. Now tides are totally changed.

    He spoke with sales personnel and i assume asked about what sells prior to presentation.
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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket1991 View Post
    He was wearing 5600 in Toronto.
    Yep

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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    @acadian - Great story. Thanks for posting.
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    Re: Kikuo Ibe to appear in the U.S. (near Chicago) in June 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryK30 View Post
    @acadian - Great story. Thanks for posting.
    Thank you sir! it was a great and memorable event - so glad I went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acadian View Post
    After the presentation Tommy and I walked to Ibe San, shook his hand and kindly asked if we could get wrist shot - as soon as we extended our arms Ibe San immediately noticed we were wearing our GW-M5600s - what followed completely floored us. When he noticed what watches we were wearing his eyes literally lit up! He frantically ripped off his white G-Shock, quickly RAN behind the stage, came back with his GW-M5600 and quickly strapped it on for the synchronizes wrist shot.
    --True story. Ibe San literally did all of the above things...no exaggeration! He was so genuine. It seemed as though he appreciated our enthusiasm for the G-SHOCK brand as much as we appreciated him.



    Big thanks to Tommy for sharing this unforgettable moment with me.
    --it indeed was unforgettable! Thank you Sir! The pleasure was mine.
    Wonderful write-up acadian! Your Chicago city attractions pics are amazing. Love that bean fist pound capture!

    Thank you for sharing!
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