Stormtrooper meets Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son

Last night there was a meeting of two giants: Danny Choo, King of Otaku Stormtroopers, and Masayoshi Son, Softbank CEO and the richest man in Japan. Son was speaking at the official launch party of the iPhone 3GS in Japan on 26th June 2009, in Ometesando. In the video, Mr. Son is seen talking about […]

Japan Podshow Episode 6 – Otaku Attack!

(This is a repost of an update I’ve just made to www.pokya.jp/japanpodshow) In episode 6 of Japan Podshow, George and Joseph, prevented from leaving the house by the start of the rainy season, come to you live from the kitchen table. Listen to the show here 34mb, 33 mins, MP3 Download it direct here, Subscribe […]

End of week thinkings

(Today’s photo was taken on our trip to Yamaki Organic Soy farm last month) Morning. You find me on the train to work. It’s a Saturday. About 8am. Not too crowded. I got a seat. It’s 30 minutes to my stop from here, no changes. It’s been a challenging week. It started with my working […]

Video: Dancing Bean

A short experiment created for The Daily Mumble and my own interest: I was given a bean by *Twinkle* last week. I’ve been amazed by the speed with which it’s grown. Anyway, yesterday I decided to film it as I worked and listened to some nice music …and to my amazement, the following happened! Perhaps […]

Interviewing Arudou Debito

Arudou Debito by Alfie Goodrich. Special thanks to Alfie for taking this photo – for more of his work visit www.alfiegoodrich.com Earlier today I finally managed to post my interview with Arudou Debito, recorded a week or so ago at the Foreign Correspondents Club Japan. It was a lot of work, but well worth it […]

Launch of The Daily Mumble Podcast

With so little time to blog, The Daily Mumble has suffered. Recent weeks have seen little original content – just repostings of content I’m producing for other outlets. Tonight I was thinking what a shame this was, as I do enjoy writing The Daily Mumble. When do I have regular downtime in which I can […]

Japan Podshow Episode 5: Killer Karaoke

Hhmm, I completely forgot to add Episode 5 of the podcast to The Daily Mumble at the weekend. Silly me. For those of you who hadn’t realised, I’m now using The Daily Mumble as a kind of central library featuring all of my online content. Stuff from Japan Podshow, misc videos, blogs etc Apologies to […]

Video: Joseph and *Twinkle*s trip to Yamaki Jouzo

In our first video podcast collaboration, *Twinkle* and I take you to Yamaki Jouzo, an organic farm located about 2.5 hours from Tokyo in Kamikawa-cho, Saitama (accessible by train to JR Honjo and then bus) [Google Map]. This video was originally going to be a Japan Podshow episode, but in the end we were unable […]

Video: Amazing DIY Rapid Hair Grower

Japan is always ahead of the game when it comes to hair care. With more hair per square kilometre than over 76% of the earth’s surface, Japan takes it’s hair seriously, thus, when hair-loss situations arise, a whole variety of techniques have been developed to combat it. Here’s one I tried last night – as […]

Harvesting my pineapple …and other stuff

In this video I mentioned my interview with Honor and Shane’s about Japan Discovered, and my participation in Japan Tech Talk. You gotta love the thumbnail image representing this video! Not much I can do about that!