Wow. What a day. What a weekend. What a week.

In brief:

3-day email exchange with NHK-related TV producer . Very helpful. Pointed out what I need to work on to make it happen. The Susan Boyle video served its purpose.

Taught English cooking lesson (and got paid for it!)

Accidentally deleted Japan Podshow website database. Panic. Finally get it back online tonight.

Release special edition of Japan Podshow, focusing on Pachinko (subscribe now in iTunes)

Invited to see the amazing Cirque du Soleil – great seats, then a tour backstage. Have been asked to return again with cameras to make a mini-documentary. It was absolutely INCREDIBLE!

Invited to attend Foreign Correspondents Club by very kind photographer who has work published all over the place. Will be working with him to create a podcast about what he does.

Obtain 2 video cameras via Twitter – very grateful – thank you @podgy and @light_riot.

Do volunteer work at local city hall.

Film tonnes of footage for Japan tech podcast, including interview on Edufire with @rainbowhill via skype video from Australia.

More staff cuts in day job – and wage cuts all round as of next month. Nikkei is advising everyone to get second jobs.

Am amazed by what happens when you follow your passion. Very exciting times. Very busy times! Make it happen!


3 Responses

  1. Congratulations on the connections you’re making Joseph! I really am pulling for you to make it happen, and you are certainly doing all of the legwork to follow that path.

    I’m sorry to hear about the staff and pay cuts, though not surprised since the business “our” company is in is directly impacted in the worst possible way by the economic downturn. Few businesses lay so fully in the path of it than it. It’s too bad they never branched out to private lesson sales rather than only to companies. That is a more stable market, or at least a less catastrophically affected one in a downturn as the fortunes of one person or the loss of individuals isn’t as harsh as entire company accounts.

    As you find the current door slowly closing, another seems to be opening for you. It’s rather a wonderful symmetry. Good luck!

    1. Thanks Orchid64, appreciate your vote of confidence. The way things are going it seems only prudent to explore other areas. It’s quite a job juggling the two, but rewarding!

  2. Oooops, my comment didn’t appear, so I’ll write it again.

    Well done with NHK. that must’ve been a slog and a half to get where you want to be. Looks like you’re really doing well out there – you’re an inspiration!

    Bad luck with the hours at work – it’s the same story here in London at my job. But in a way it’s freeing you up to get on with what you really should be doing.