I've always made a point of trying to update the A Week in Tokyo category but what with having to manage the business and being very hands on with work, its difficult to make the time.
After sorting through photos over the years, I realise that so much has been happening that if I don't document it now then I'm going to regret it later.
So am going to try to start again (again?!) with this post which covers stuff that happened in January. I'm also renaming each installment to the time of posting instead of numbers.
First photo - filming in Akihabara with Mirai-chan.
We are going to start this installment in Malaysia which is where I spent the new year. Wifey and I have been spending the past couple of new years in Kuala Lumpur since we started to attend the most awesome Comic Fiesta.
Here Mirai is checking out the ALoft hotel (where we held CJ Night) to see if its big enough to host a Culture Japan Convention. This is most likely going to be the venue for CJC2 - will update you as soon as I can ><
Paper recycle day for our neck of the woods is on a Tuesday where folks would sometimes throw out their manga.
It is general knowledge that taking anything that others have put out on a recycle day is illegal - even though its unwanted. The understanding is that one puts out their unwanted stuff for the authorities to pick up and not just anybody.
Folks who don't mind their recyclables taken by anybody should leave a "help yourself!" note which is what we do from time to time.
Recycling is part of life in Japan and there are designated days for general rubbish, plastics, tins and so on. If stuff is thrown out on the wrong day then the folks collecting the recyclables will leave a note to let you know.
Is recycling a part of life in your neck of the woods too?
Multiple meetings with our mold maker to slowly perfectionize the MiraiFrame.
There is so much one needs to know about Injection Molding and I've certainly learned a lot through the process.
One needs to take into consideration warpage, shrinkage, position and angle of piece in the mold, position of ejector pins, flow of material, undercuts, temperature/pressure/speed of material when it's injected into mold and so on - understanding all these factors is crucial into making decisions which affect the final product.
As I'm learning from scratch, I've made mistakes which has delayed the development time but those mistakes being valuable learnings which I would not have gained without tripping up in the first place.
As we ramp up to the launch of Smart Doll, I will be sharing more of my learnings on the production process.
After seeing the incredible quality of the Sony A7 through photos taken by Kodomut - I want one! But even though its an E-mount - I'd still need to get new E-mount lenses because if I use the ones I have for my NEX, all photos will be cropped.
What camera are you using?
Have you heard of PM2.5? Its a big thing over here - the media here basically say its pollution from China and that its affecting Japan - apparently so much that they now sell magical sprays which create a force field around your face to protect you from it.
Unlike other 60cm class doll boxes which are long - I wanted mine to be smaller by having the doll sit down inside. The doll would sit on a box that would contain accessories.
I also wanted the box to act like a case so I included a sheet of acrylic inside too. However, just like other 60cm tall dolls, Mirai would be sitting inside in her birthday suit - the wig, clothes and other accessories would be in the small box that she sits on.
Meeting with Fukuoka Toshihiro at the office talking about the final small details for the Worldwide Otaku Report - we have not forgotten about it ><
All companies under the Kadokawa umbrella merged to form a single company.
What with various organizational changes and what with the stuff I had on my plate, we had to postpone the release of the book but plan to release it this year.
Also working on Moekana 2nd Edition. Just like there are 2nd editions of books like Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings which fix spelling mistakes and maybe change cover art - Moekana 2nd Edition is a revamp and not a completely different product.
We have included many changes though - we include Katakana and cards from the Booster Pack too. We have also revamped many of the cards to include Kizuna, Chitose, Eiji and Retrokyu too.
And this is what the office is looking like in January - more photos in the latest Desk Diary.
Thats it for now - will try to get the next installment of A Week in Tokyo out earlier.
In the meantime you can have a gander through past installments listed up below.