Extreme Hanami

Andrew Shuttleworth and Paul Papadimitriou organized an event cerebrating cherry blossom in bloom, Extreme Hanami and was crawling five spots in Tokyo.

Participants were walking and feeling the atmosphere, and reporting it on Flickr and qik.   At final phase of the event, I joined the team at Yasukuni Shrine.

Feel a little bit cold and rainy.    I wish we could get off more and there could be many Hanami event here and there.

You can check out the event at Extreme Hanami.

Tokyo Beer & Blog – 1st Meet-up

Tokyo Beer & Blog

A meet-up called “Beer & Blog” origins Portland, Oregon which is the heart of the open source coummunity.   Its first Tokyo edition was held following the cities like Las Vegas and St. Lewis.

Everyone is chatting with having a pint of beer in the hands.   The meet-up is held every week at a beer pub.   If you’re interested in attending this, please check out the website of Tokyo Beer & Blog for more details.

Attendees celebrated the 1st meet-up at Hobgoblin in Shibuya, which directly imports a number of casked UK beer having the same name with the pub’s.

The organizer is Ken Brady from Genkii, who recently introduced the new iPhone app called Sparkle.   (Serkan Toto wrote a story covering Sparkle on TechCrunch.)

On that day, the German-headquarted venture Jimdo started its Japanese service jointly with KDDI, and I had a chat with Serkan Toto, who is a German national and attended Jimdo’s press briefing at the German Embassy.

It is not a revolutionary but convenient service because we can create our own sites without setting up web server and CMS.

Some people call it a kind of Web3.0 service.

chi.mp is also categorized in this sector, which I saw at a meet-up in L.A.

I received a beta account for Fotonauts today, almost six months passed since I saw it at TechCrunch 50 last fall for the first time.

I will enjoy playing it tonight.

Tokyo CGM Night – The 3rd

Super blogger Danny Choo from mirai.fm and Andrew Shuttleworth organizing tokyo2point0 jointly held the the third night of “Tokyo CGM Night”.

Danny Choo at Tokyo CGM Night - The 3rd

Sponsored by: smart.fm (previously known as iKnow!)

They have planned to hold it at a cafe restaurant in Aoyama, but the intended  attendees exceed 200 people, and they were forced to change the venue to another cafe in Harajuku having enough capacity.

Andrew made so many efforts to arrage it.   Appreciate his job.

As you can imagine from the title of the event, it’s a meet-up for the people from various business categories including CGM (consumer Generated Media) related developers and users.

Tokyo is the great city, I believe.   Because, we have a great community gathering such a great number of people.

Viral marketing (by word-of-mouth) will contribute to promote our new products and new services than the mass-media advertising can do.

Here is the short introduction of Danny Choo.

Invited As A Guest Lecturer At Tokyo Takanawa Rotary Club

It was snowing and the doll festival day.   Tokyo Takanawa Rotar Club held its monthly meet-up in Shinagawa Prince Hotel, where I was invited as a guest lecturer.

Rotary Club LogoRotary Club Meal

I don’t find the difference between two groups of rotary club and lions club.   I made a presentation about the gap between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrates to noted persons attending.

Regarding “Digital Native”, NHK was broadcast a special program on it and the term got better known.   It stands for the generation of the people who experienced in touch with PC and the Internet when he or she can remember.

(I’m not a digital native, neither.   It was my eighth grade when I used a device called micro computer for the first time in my life.)

There’s no one who belongs to the Digital Native generation in this evening’s attendees.

It’s not for emphasizing the generation gap, but we have to understand the gap and live in the community, the working style is changing definitely.

It was very hard for me to explain about the cutting-edge IT trends enough to make themselves understood in a very short time.

A musician and an attendee had interest in the story about Sound Code (previously I covered it on Asiajin).   I think this technology will be deployed to its practical use in the very near future, which will replace QR code.

Rotary Club Lecure
(Picture courtesy by: Rotary Club of Tokyo Takanawa)

iPhone App Developers Bring Their Presentations in Ginza

There was a meet-up of the presentations by the iPhone app developers at Apple Store Ginza.

It was crowded because Ryuichi Sakamoto also had a session following this meet-up.   I didn’t have enough room to take a note, but recorded it with qik.

(In its final part, my camera were looking towards the ceiling as opposed to the presenters.)

<Presenters>

Nobi Hayashi
http://nobi.cocolog-nifty.com/

Contents Idea of Asia (C.I.A.)
http://muupri.com/iswen/support/index.html

Sun Denshi
http://www.sun-denshi.co.jp/soft/iphone/

Ubiquitous Entertainment
http://www.uei.co.jp/content.html#zeptopad

B3 United
http://www.b3united.com/iphone_02.html

Conit
http://www.conit.co.jp/sam/index-ja.html

H I
http://www.hicorp.co.jp/product/eruption.html

J’s Avenue
http://www.jsavenue.co.jp/

s21g LLC (PokeDia)
http://pokedia.com/

Royal Gadget
http://royal-gadget.co.jp/pc/Royal_Gadget.html

Tumbourine Producers
http://tambourine.co.jp/producers/

Pankaku
http://www.pankaku.co.jp/

Appliya
http://appliya-inc.com/ja/

Bottle Cube
http://www.bottlecube.co.jp/

G Clue
http://www.gclue.com

I Went To A-list Bloggers Award Winning Ceremony

There was the winning ceremony for the alpha (a-list) bloggers award 2008 at a club in Aoyama Friday evening.   I was attending that.

Totally twelve blog posts were introduced at the ceremony, and some of them were recited by voice actress Yurika Fukui.  (This picture contains unintentionally an ad for another blog award.)
Voice Actress Fukui at the Alpha Bloggers Award Celemony

Not just reading the blog post, but listening to what someone reads it is a great new idea and so impressive.   Furthermore, it was read with the profession’s voice, which may change the weight of every word.

The year of 2008 is filled with so many incidents and accidents, not a few blog posts were so sad.   But the finally introduced one or “The Story of Disheveled-haired Dog named WASAO” were so funny.

Following the ceremony, we had a fellowship banquet where we take as much Pringles chips as we like.   And I got Rip Slyme‘s limited edition of Pringles as the sponsor’s courtesy.

Two Boxes of Pringles

I don’t need buy potato chips anymore for the time being.

Twiistup 5, A Tech Night Event in LA

At the warehouse next to Santa Monica municipal Airport.
It is Twiistup 5, a social night meet-up for tech people working and living in LA.
Venue
Twiistup 5
Santa Monica City Police is also standing by, because so many people are coming down to the event.
Shira Lasar, a popular anchor woman and publication writer served as the event host.

Shira Lazer

So pretty cute girl.

So many beautiful women come together at this kind of events in the states, which is also one of the reasons why I love my job.

Tyler Crowley introduce so many friends to me, and I’m still busy to confirm their business cards.

Anyway, here is the link to pictures taken at the event.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/masaruikeda/sets/72157613784626786/

I’m frequently in San Francisco, but not in Los Angeles.

The event was a good opportunity to see tech start-up people working in this Southern California Area.

I hope we would have such an awesome event in Tokyo in the future.

Digital Children and Digital Natives

I’m in Las Vegas for participating in FASTForward ’09 organized by the search engine technology leader FAST, which was merged and acquired by Microsoft last year.

Don Tapscott, who is the author of “growing up digital (Japanese Title: Digital Children)”, made a keynote speech at the top of the conference.  I’ve heard about him from someone, and I just finished reading that book a few days ago.

Don Tapscott with Grown Up Digital

When Digital Children have grown up, now how we call them?    His recent book “grown up digital” following “growing up digital”.

As Japan’s state-running TV NHK was broadcast the special program featuring “Digital Native” and the program title is also as it is, such name is more common.

Daniel Rasmus from Microsoft told us that a Digital Native would definitely change his/her working style and the way of working with his/her company, it would be very common for him/her to change the job 15 to 20 times in a lifetime.

Employees’ royalties will be changing, and the company has to change its way to recruit, train and work.

FASTForward is the place to talk about search engine stuffs, however all three keynote speakers mentioned this generation gap and Digital Native.

I cotributed a story about the same theme for a certain book to be released soon, and I feel personally I should be more flexible to meet such changes.

(There’s no option to use Internet on earth when I was born.   Therefore, I’m not a Digital Native but a Digital Immigrate.)

Local news sas, Goldman Sachs cancels its event to be held at the end of this month at the Venetian in Las Vegas, and it’s re-scheduled to be held in San Francisco.

Besides, gambling debt non-returning is making its number record, global economic downturn brings bad news even to the capital of entertainment business.

The Mirage

Digicon Salon: Maneo’s Presentation

Now I’m on my way to Las Vegas and writing this post at San Francisco International Airport.   Heavy traffic at the airport makes my flight delayed definitely.

By the way, last Friday Maneo’s CEO Mr. Seno-o was invited to the  monthly meet-up of Digicon Salon, and he brought us almost one and half hour presentation about his company that I’ve feature on this blog.

Seno-o Presents Maneo at Digicon Salon

I’ve been worried that the number of attendees could be extremely smaller than expected because the usual layer of attendees is a group of creator-like in my understanding, but actually the venue was filled with capacity of many attendees.

I appreciate the business of Mr. Seno-o who presented, the Graduate School of Digital Hollywood University which provided the venue and the organizers for Digicon Salon.

I covered many interesting stories he had told us, wrapped them in an article, and posted it for Asiajin.   Enjoy reading it.

http://asiajin.com/blog/2009/02/08/japans-1st-social-lending-site-offers-an-alternative-in-this-rough-economy/

My flight has not come by yet.

TechCrunch / CrunchGear Meet-up in Ebisu

TC Meet-up in Shibuya

Peter Ha, who is the editor of famous gadget tech blog CrunchGear, is visiting Japan, and his colleague and TechCrunch writer Serkan Toto organized a meet-up event in Ebisu.

I attended the event followed by another meet-up for the rotary club in Shinagawa, TC meet-up has been already started when I arrtived in the venue.

Danny Choo came there with having a strom trooper costume despite it was so cold.

This meet-up was arranged just a few days ago, but more than fifty people came together, it was so surprised and TC’s social power is so amazing.

I don’t feel like any recession while I was talking with someone here. Sleepy…

I appreciate the organizers’ arrangement for the schedule and the venue. Greatly thanks Namekawa-san, Takahashi-san and Hirano-san from TechCrunch Japan.

I cannot put a flickr badge for the pictures taken, and I put the link below instead.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/masaruikeda/sets/72157613325897714/detail/