2013 Summary & 2014 Roadmap

POSTED BY DANNY CHOO On Wed 2014/01/01 15:31 JST in Japan

Happy new year folks! What are you doing over the new year? Having fun is important but while you have a wee bit of time off, I strongly recommend that you spend a bit of time reflecting on the past year by listing up all the things you did in 2013 that you feel worth writing down.
Does your list look good? if so great! If not then write down what you are going to do in 2014 and aim to achieve so that you will be happy with your list when reflecting on it in 2015.

Below is a list of some of the notable stuff that I done in 2013 with my small team.

And below is a list of some of the things that I want to do with my team in 2014. Its kind of a roadmap without dates on it ^^;
However - most of the stuff that we did in 2013 was not planned at all which came about from meeting and networking with new folks.

  • Smart Doll

    • Launch Smart Doll Manual Version at events in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, United States.
    • Start Rest Of The World online orders.
    • Launch Smart Doll 001: Mirai Suenaga in Spring 2014
    • Launch Smart Doll 002: Kizuna Yumeno in Summer 2014
    • Launch Smart Doll 003: Chitose Shirasawa in Winter 2014
    • Increase line of accessories and apparel
    • Launch Smart Doll Attributes 001: RoadBike1 (RoadBike for 1/3 scale dolls)
    • Launch Assembly lines in various locations worldwide - parts are manufactured in Japan but will most likely be assembled outside of Japan to lower import costs and thus pass on savings to our consumer - similar with what they do with cars.
    • Continue to develop Smart Doll Automatic version with aim to release in late 2014 or early 2015.
    • Identify distributors in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong etc
  • Events

    • Culture Japan booth to attend the following events
    • Culture Japan's first Industry Booth at Wonfes Tokyo (Feb)
    • Aiming to attend Anime Expo 2014, AFAID (Indonesia), AFA14 (Singapore), CF2014 (Malaysia).
    • Also looking to attend events in Bangkok, Hanoi, Manila.
    • Roll out Culture Japan Con2 in August (Malaysia)
    • Each region that we attend events at will also have a CJ Night the day after.
  • Mirai Suenaga & Friends

    • Expand Mirai-chan's role as official mascot for Japan Tourism in all regions worldwide.
    • Increase collaborations with various governments & corporates worldwide but particularly focusing on Asia
    • Publish Mirai Millennium which has already been written by Sato Dai (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Eureka 7, Eden of the East etc)
    • Increase variations of Touch n Go cards in Malaysia
    • More illustrations by Japanese illustrators including Nishimata Aoi, Ito Noizi and more
    • Permanent LINE stickers
    • Release icons for Desktop and Android
    • Release official Winter and Solar Marine uniforms for cosplayers
    • Launch Culture Japan Online Store to accept worldwide orders of Mirai Merchandise
    • Setup logistics, storage, order management, quality control etc for online orders.
  • Broadcasts

    • Film Culture Japan Season 3 from Jan - March and broadcast across asia and US from April (possibly Summer)
    • Start regular online live broadcast of Tokyo Teatime
    • Start filming Culture Japan Season 4 in Q4
    • Launch Moekana 2nd Ver (includes Katakana) in Q1
    • Release OTACOOL 5 with Kotobukiya in Q3
    • Start pre-orders for Mirai Suenaga Scale Figure in Q3
  • Web

  • Other stuff

    • Move back into our house (which is now just office) and move our team into larger offices
    • Get bigger offices in KL and fill with warm bodies to work on Smart Doll Marketing an Assembly
    • Get new passport (no more pages left ><)

I'm going to leave you with a wall of photos in no particular order which cover just some of what we did in 2013.

Before I leave you however, I would like to thank all veterans for your continued support and a big Hello! to all our new comrades who have decided that they want to support what we do by reading my babblings on this site or following me on my various social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LINE, Google+ or my RSS feed.

There is just one more thing I want to leave you with - one of the learnings that I gained in 2013.

"The bigger your goals are, the bigger the hurdles will be and the harder you shall fall."

If you are experiencing constant hurdles such as disappointments, back stabbing and facing a huge void of unknowns - just as long as you get up quickly each time you stumble on a hurdle, you are on your way to reaching your big goal.

Did you fail at something when trying to reach your goal? There is no such thing as "failure" - only "learnings" which you will need to reach your goal.

Experiencing constant disappointments will provoke you to easily throw in the towel and when you do that then that is the moment when you give up on your goal.
Goals that you set for yourself have varying difficulty levels - its up to you to decide whether you want to live a life fulfilling small goals easily or take on bigger goals which demand more from you. Which are you?

I dont usually do boss poses for photos but I was told I needed this photo for some book.

And our Culture Japan/Mirai Millennium characters wish you a happy new year too!

And for the Greeting cards with both Bishojo and Chibi - you need to hunt for them from my social networks that I mentioned above ^^