Today we cover life in Tokyo since I got back from Los Angeles. Awaiting me back in Tokyo was a hideous amount of work that piled up during my 3 week absence ^^;
Currently in the middle of Culture Japan Season 2 production. Last time I directed and presented on the show but this time round I'm trying my dab hand at being a Producer too. I'm also learning the ropes as a cameraman for episodes where Mirai-chan is guiding you around Japan.
I edited a few episodes for Season 1 but this time round I'm going to try to edit the whole of season 2. I know I'm biting off much more than I can chew but its the best way to learn and by doing so, hopefully I'll be able to take the traditional TV production processes that were taught to me and streamline them which should make Season 3 even easier to produce. That's the theory anyway ^^;
First photo - at the design studios of Noriaki Miyata - an industrial architect who also does work for Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya and a load of other companies which I'm supposed to keep hush hush. I forgot the name of this equipment but you may have seen it before on my previous visits to the Good Smile Company offices. It enables the designer to feel objects as s/he pulls and prods - quite amazing ^^
Ah, nearly forgot to mention - was late replying to your comments on the A Week in Tokyo 67 but have just done so now ^^;;
The lovely Elly Otoguro. We met at the beginning of last year and have been working on bits n bobs ever since. And yes - she will be in Culture Japan Season 2 as my assistant ninja. Elly-chan below advertising the latest in flying bicycles.
There was some research somewhere saying that folks who are exposed to such a view of a city are inspired to be their own boss. Are you exposed to such a view regularly and do you aim to be your own boss?
Maybe it worked on me as I had the same view at Amazon and Microsoft ^^;
At this Summers Wonfes, I worked with AmiAmi to hold a puchi Mirai-chan gallery of illustrations by some popular artists including Mikeo, Piromizu, Hagure Yuuki, Shirahane Nao (DMYO), Kobuichi, Choco Chip and Raemz.
Whenever there is construction work on roads or houses that last for more than a few days, residents in the area will get a notice to say how long the work will go on for. In this case this notice even outlines the processes that will take place on the construction of the nearby houses - interior, exterior, roofing etc.
I love the attention to detail and thought that Japanese folks have for others.
Also spent some time in Sendai - the largest city in Tohoku. The annual Tanabata Festival took place as usual but as with many festivals - it was at risk of being cancelled as many thought that it wasn't appropriate to have fun.
Shortly after the earthquake, many folks and businesses went into self restraint mode which started to affect the economy as nobody was spending money. Japan would have ended up much worse off if they listened to the folks who believed that everybody should stay indoors and sulk.
Necchusho means Heatstroke and many folks have been getting one this Summer. One of the reasons why more folks are getting heatstroke than usual is because everybody is still in the energy conservation mode. There is still a risk that there could be rolling blackouts due to the crippled nuclear reactor in Fukushima. Nobody wants a blackout so everybody does their best to save energy - at the cost of their health.