Photos from the week leading up to Anime Expo 2010. Lots of food and outdoor pics as I had a load of external meetings before the trip to LA - the last week before a trip overseas is always packed with meetings n wot not - the reason being so that I can settle a load of projects while I'm away.
This first snap taken at Roppongi. I'm not a fan of Roppongi as its a pain to get to and involves changing on the Oedo line. The Oedo line is notorious for having to travel 10 miles just to change trains and then another 20 miles below ground just to get to the platform - the elevators stop on a certain level and then you need to take another one.
Roppongi is home to many media and TV production studios however which is why I need to come here often of late.
We made Culture:Japan on a shoestring budget meaning that we had to do a lot of the work ourselves that we would normally outsource. Here I'm doing the narration for the English version that will broadcast on the Animax Asia network across Asia. Definitely not used to narrating at all! But its nice to have the experience which will hopefully enable me to get better over time ^^;
Culture:Japan will be broadcast across the world and I'll make sure that everybody can watch it in some shape or form ^^;
Was the first time in years that I got lost - my (accidentally) jailbroken iPhone screwed up the 3G and had no access to the maps. Unlike easy-to-understand-addresses like in the US, Japanese addresses are number based.
So for example if my address ends in "5-6-24", it means that there is an area labeled "5" and within that area is another area labeled "6" and yep you guessed it - hunt for the area labeled "24" - I was walking around in circles!
This is what Gaijin call the "bingo election boards." Tis election time where noisy vans drive around residential areas with politicians doing not much more other than shouting out their name 52 trillion times. It seems it not about what they want to do for you but trying to brainwash folks into remembering a name.
The bingo board slowly fills up as the election process goes on. I was going to stick up a poster of Saber and take a photo ^^;
Most of Japans telecommunications stretch out overground - thanks to this, Japan's broadband penetration is one of the highest in the world as they can lay out the cables at low cost without having to dig up the roads.
Check out a post I made a while ago about how I got my Optic Fiber Internet connection installed.
Out n about Shibuya heading to Citibank. Citibank is great as once you have more than a certain amount in the bank, most fees to transfer money overseas and cash cheques are waived.
But Citibank can also be a pain too as they only have a few branches over here. Many Gaijin use Citibank as they always have English speaking staff.
You know when you become really attached to your daughters when you unconsciously react and reach out to stop one of them falling off the table - and in the process smash your fave glass mug!
But when stuff like this happens I consider myself lucky - it could have been milk or even worse a glass of vomit.
When I travel, I take the MacBookAir - tis light weight but really only good enough for mail, web and short conversations on Skype. Takes ages to process photos.
I have most of my data on a 500GB USB drive so don't need to do much to set up the MBA - usually prep it with the latest apps or wot not for the trip.
One of the reasons why I'm rather strapped for time before a trip is because I end up leaving it to the last moment to work on my Keynote. Am usually up until the early hours of the morning doing this and end up being completely knackered after giving the talk ^^;
But its always an honor to be asked to give a speech and the most gratifying thing is to be able to share my experiences and meet new folks.