Extreme lack of quality time to sit down and write of late. Rather get at least the first half out so for am going to split this installment of A Week in Tokyo into 2 parts.
The problem is that I want to sustain the momentum that has been building up of late in for our business - don't want to end up in the pits like we did last year. There has been so many offers of work, collaborations and media appearances that it can be difficult to decline or prioritize. Am certainly biting off more than I can chew.
Did however make the decision to drop a huge project today to concentrate on others - not sure how much time it will free up though ^^;
At the moment we are building web platforms, manufacturing mirai-chan merchandise, registering trademarks, working on publications, doing a lot of TV production of late, organizing schedules for overseas trips and setting up events in Tokyo too. Have also been working on setting a Guinness World Record where the application is being processed now.
Also need to spend time with the media folks who want interviews. Today alone I've got the Brazilian TV show Fantastico interviewing me at the office and then following me to TBS where I've got another interview.
NHK are also need to do a feature on me so to save time, I've asked them to film me being filmed by the Brazilian TV crew ^^;
There is also the Tokyo.JapanTimes launch party tonight night too.
Tis always a tough schedule but a load of fun. Particularly looking forward to seeing the TBS studios today.
Another interesting thing that's been happening of late is that I'm getting job offers from other companies and headhunters. A major Japanese game contacted me and asked me to be their CTO - no interview needed ^^; I could take the rather nice package but I wouldn't be doing what I wanted in life and life is certainly too short. Money is great for improving the comfort level of life but it certainly isn't everything and I cant take it to the grave. What I'm seeking from life at the moment is not money but achievement.
I think this was the first time I went into a place for lunch to see it packed out with suited salarymen. Used to wear a suit everyday when I first got to Japan when working for Nature - photo in the Tokyo 1999 - 2001 post ^^; Not worn a suit since 2003 though and think we got rid of all my suits. Does your work involve you wearing a suit?
Looks like the naming of my new TV show in Japan is leaning towards "DCN" (Danny Choo Network). Just about finalized a deal to get it aired in Asia to over 35 million homes. Working with other comrades to get it aired in your country too. If you have comrades who work in TV and think they would be interested in airing the show then ping me. I probably should make an official announcement in a separate post ^^;
This is Fujiyasu-san who is the director of DCN - we've been working closely of late on the show and I'm learning a lot about the TV production process, licensing, sponsorship, broadcasting fees and wot not. Once we got a few things finalized, I will open up submissions for your videos of your room and wot not.
The first half of the show will have some anime seiyu and I chatting while looking at your videos.
Shiba Inu is a breed of Japanese dog - this one quietly watched the photoshoot all afternoon. Apparently they don't listen to their owner much. One of my friends in Seattle had one which would constantly run around in circles. Owning a dog can cost a bomb in Japan. My neighbor was just about to buy a new TV that cost about 350000 yen but had to use all of it to pay for an operation for its dog which swallowed some ball or something.
Got rid of those pegs which I used to hold up the Mirai-chan dakimakura. I suggested to the maker today that they should make some sort of hanger to display dakimakura on the wall without the sagging in the middle. A saggy Mirai-chan would not be appealing. Although we all have to get old one day I suppose.
But wait! I forgot that Mirai-chan is an eternal 17 years old.
Been collaborating with the Queen of England (British Council). Am over the moon to be able to work with the British Government and for some reason I always hear James Bond background music when I speak to them on the phone.
These charts at the stations are huge time savers. Lets say I'm going to Komagome and need to change to the JR line when I get there. While waiting for the train at this station, I would line up at the 3rd carriage meaning that as soon as the train arrives at Komagome, I can just get off and will see the stairs to change to the JR line.
Recently downloaded an iPhone app that has these charts too. Do they have charts like this in your neck of the woods?
If you intend to live in Japan then try to learn the lingo for your own sake - it will truly enrich your experience and open up so many more doors of opportunity. A few of my comrades unfortunately cant be bothered. They say that they don't need to speak Japanese because their Japanese wife and staff speak the lingo.
A couple of washing machines waiting to be picked up by the local ward. To dispose of large items like this (known as Sodai Gomi ), one needs to buy a voucher from the convenient store which shows that the owner has paid the fee for collection. They then call the ward office and arrange for a time for the Sodai Gomi to be collected. Some folks however don't bother and just leave it outside for others to take.
Had some lovely snow a few weeks ago. Weather is a bit odd of late. Sometimes its quite warm and feels like the beginning of Spring and then all of a sudden its freezing cold. Managed to get a couple of snow snaps in the Tokyo Snow post.