Tokyo Water

And they tell you you should drink this stuff?!! Always satisfying to see how much crap the water filter’s caught when it comes to the annual change. Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

Saturday Morning

Really nice to have a Saturday morning lie-in; it’s unusual for us both to not be busy early in the morning. Just discussing whether to make bread, or pancakes, or both. The sudden drop in the temperature outside is welcome. Had enough of sweating 3 litres every night! Might be time to bring the pineapple […]

Japanese spouse visa extension

So, as I mentioned on Facebook a couple of times over the past few weeks, I’ve been waiting on immigration to notify me that my visa extension application has been processed and I can go back to their Shinagawa office to get the stamp in my passport. My visa expired at the beginning of this […]

The Road to Recovery

It’s now almost two weeks since I first came down with this virus. The full-blown fever lasted for about 5 days – that’s been followed by an extended period of complete exhaustion and confusion, and continued weight loss (5kg now). It’s felt a bit like being permanently stoned, needing copious sleep, and having bizarre hallucinations. […]

BBC Radio 4

It was soon clear that watching movies was something I wouldn’t be able to indulge in during my prolonged break. In a revolt against my usual habit of staring at screens for far too many hours each day, my eyes would maliciously trigger a headache if I tried to look at anything more dynamic than […]

Halloween in Japan

Halloween is big business in Japan, so it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see pumpkins appear in shop windows. Last year I estimated that 145% of shops had some kind of Halloween-related merchandising instore. This year that figure is predicted to be doubled as downturn-hit owners do all they can to try and convince […]

The great illness of September 2010

I know people generally don’t like reading posts by others about being ill (which is what this one is about). However, one thing I’ve learnt through having epilepsy is that it’s a good idea to document any significant illnesses, as there’s sometimes a need to refer back them later on (when applying for licenses, or […]

Delicious Rain

It’s currently absolutely bucketing it down here in Tokyo. I love the sound of rain. Perhaps because as a child we always had a veggie garden that could do with a good soaking. And it’s no different now – our pineapple, heather and aloe vera have put on huge growth spurts this past month, and […]

This is my new Love

I found him at Daiei department store. He was a sacrificial offering by the staff to the sun god “We can’t sell anything in this heat… But we have to sell something, so we’re selling him at 80% off’” Well, with a price tag like that how could it *not* be love at first sight? […]


Affordable fruit is one thing I miss about my hometown of Herefordshire. Back there we have fruit trees in the garden, orchards down the road, English Cox’s (an apple variety) in the shops that cost a fraction of these apples pictured. Bananas are cheap but lack taste, it having been bred out of them. To […]

Running Again

I’m on the train heading back home after running 12.21km south towards Yokohama. I think it’s the furthest I’ve run since the Marathon in February, and the first time I’ve done over 10km since May. It’s extraordinary how out of shape I am. I used to have a really big barrier at 20km – that […]

Never a Dull Day

It’s certainly been an interesting one today, with a meeting in Starbucks, another at the Foreign Correspondents Club, another in a pizza restaurant and another by a bench outside a supermarket near home. There were revelations, probing questions as well as frustration, outrage, big decisions, action steps …and a dead rat. I got a phone […]

Digitise your Business Card Collection with Evernote

The problem: I had stacks of business cards in my desk drawer that I’d been given over the past two years in Tokyo. I’d typically collected them in batches at events, and for the vast majority I’d never made the time to sit down and transfer all the the contact info into my address book. […]

There Is No Geo-privacy

The recent launch of Facebook Places has ignited a fair bit of debate over personal location privacy. The technology (gps tagging) is nothing new, and we already see it built-in to a huge variety of apps and websites. Whilst Foursquare is the No.1 site dedicated to sharing your location, many others have the feature built-in […]

When things go tits-up

It’s a shame when one can’t be as effective as one would like to be. I was giving a presentation today for one of committees of the American Chambers of Commerce, looking at ustream & using it for business. Unfortunately my MacBook pro suffered a stroke as I began – no video output to the […]

On a platform

We’re standing on a platform in Saitama, about to board the train that will take us south, under central Tokyo and out the the other sude to our home. We’ve spent the weekend with *Twinkle’s* family. Not only dies that mean good company, but also good food and liberal use of an aircon. Much of […]

Life at the moment

Just a quick check-in. The last 3 weeks *Twinkle’ and I have been working 16 hours a day 7 days a week. *Twinkle* is now manager of Total Football, where I’m also employed part time; i’m carrying out a complete overhaul of IT within the company, and streamlining offline systems. In addition to that I’m […]

How to Customise your Facebook Fan Page

One of the projects I’m fortunate to be a part of is 21Foundation, an educational organisation established to help bring about widespread adoption of 21st century teaching / learning techniques. My role there is to help create an presence for the foundation on the social networks, and as a part of this I’ve spent the […]

July 2010: Mt. Fuji, Tweetup, and Going Freelance

Looking back at the past month of entries on my blog, I see that I’ve completed neglected to talk about how things have panned out since I left White Rabbit Press at the end of June. The reason for that is simple – I’ve been extremely busy with new projects, and have not really not […]

My Pet Sunflower

Actually the only one of the bunch to survive the heat this month…! Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

Clean Starts

Clean starts feel good. Take for example my iPhone. After I changed the language settings to Spanish in order to write instructions for a Spanish friend who needed to add a mail account to their iPhone, my iPhone refuses to give up the spanish dictionary, even after I’d switched it back to English. Suddenly all […]


I was awake at 5:30am despite the late night last night. Sunlight on face and a noisy bird just can’t be fought against. I dreamt of problems with iCal, the apple calendar program. I woke with the decision to focus my Japanese studies on vocab, as that’s what I need most now. It’s a beautiful day today. I’m lucky to […]

End of July

So much going on and so little time to document it. I will, but not till next month. In the last week we’ve had an unforgettable mount Fuji climb, interview of the Twitter CEO, severe spraining of foot leading to immobility, 2nd wedding anniversary, media whoring with Japan times article, and a confession in The […]

It’s a good life

Today’s one of those days when I go to sleep feeling so fortunate to be in this situation – surrounded by and connected to so many good people, here near the summit of Mt Fuji, out there across Japan, back home in the UK and all over the place online. I’ve really enjoyed today. Stepping […]

Dusk on Mount Fuji

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Network Coverage on the roof of Japan

NTT DoCoMo have kindly provided us with a map to accompany the pocket wifi we’ll be using, showing the extent of coverage on the summit of Mt. Fuji. The pink areas represent the networks put out by the two repeaters placed on the rim of the crater.

富士登山の用具 Equipment for climbing Mt. Fuji

荷物はちょっと多いかな〜 Few too many things to carry? MacBook Pro 17″ iPad (not shown) iPhone 3GS iPod Touch Nikon D40x + 2 lenses Canon HFS11 + wide angle lens Cerevo Cam Live Buffalo DWR-PG Pocket Wifi on NTT DoCoMo D25-HW Pocket Wifi on Emobile Giant Zaggsparq USB Charger x 2 Eneloop USN charger Eneloop Solar Panel […]

富士山 Live! USTREAM中継をしながら登山

[English version here] ライブストリーマー、ジョセフが帰って来た! 来る7月20日(火)、ジョセフ率いるチームが富士山頂を目指してCerevo CamとNTT DoCoMoのPocket WiFiでUSTREAM中継をしながら登山します! スケジュールは以下の通りです。 7月20日(火) 10:00 東京から富士までの車中、ミニバスより中継を開始。 12:00 5合目より、富士登山を開始。(吉田口) 18:00 8合目の山小屋で休憩。(山頂まで約1時間の距離)エンターテイメント。就寝。 03:00 起床。山頂へ向かう。 04:30 山頂到着。ご来光の中継。お祝い。山頂付近を散策する。 09:00 車に戻る。東京へ向けて出発。 ぜひ参加して下さい! 中継は にて、7月20日の朝10時から閲覧可能になります。 メッセージをツイッター上で送っていただくことで、積極的に参加していただけます。 #mtfujiTV のタグを入れてツイッターを送っていただければ、チーム全体の iPadでディスプレイされます。 登山中には、ツイッターのタイムラインを随時チェックし、皆さんと相互的に会話できるように努めます。 僕 @tamegoeswild をツイッターでフォローしてもらえれば、最新情報を随時お知らせします! 今回は、NTT DoCoMo (Portable Wifi + ネットワーク・アクセス提供)、Cerevo(カメラ提供), The Japan Times(英字新聞)、the BBC(英国放送)、 代表のヘザーさんの協力のもと実現いたしました。 @SteveNagataさんも@MikeKatoさんも奥さんの@twinkletameも、いつも色々ありがとうございます。 頑張りましょう!

Mount Fuji Live! 2010

This post will be cross-posted at 日本語はこちらです。 Active Otaku One thing I’ve promised myself is that if I’m going to be a tech otaku, I’m not going to the passive type. I’m not going to be one of those who lie in bed at night with their multi-generational iPhones lined up on the bedside […]

The moon tonight

See the full gallery on posterous Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous

Blue Skies

It’s a beautiful day in Tokyo. Perfect weather for sitting on a bench in a park.

Toilet seats

I’ve known these toilet seat lids for a couple of years now. Feel quite sorry for them really, out come wind, rain or hail. One of my dreams is to have a toilet equipped with a washlet. I was quite attached to the one in the first house I lived in in Tokyo. Posted via […]

It’s only getting better

My life has changed a lot in the last two weeks, for the better. It’s important that I don’t forget that this didn’t happen as a result of my doing nothing and opportunities simply presenting themselves, but rather as a result of my taking positive steps to bring about the change. At the time I […]

Sunflowers vs. Wind

With the onset of string winds, I replace *Twinkle’s* ex-jewellery stand with this ex-umbrella, carefully dismembered with my favourite pair of pliers. Love DIY hacking. Joseph Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous


Really enjoying this book – Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. Turns out that statistically speaking, England actually do a lot better than they should. Also, you know that argument that ‘England perform really badly in international tournaments because they have so many foreign players’ – turns out that’s complete rubbish. More foreign players […]

Nike Cup

One of my new clients is Total Football, a euro-style football coaching company owned by my brother-in-law Leigh that’s partnered with Nike Japan. Today we were at Ajinomo Stadium for the final of the Nike Cup ( – Leigh had led the East Japan team, not quite all the way to the final (but almost). […]

Modern age

Despite being a heavy user of tech, accustomed to the devices that we use everyday being updated and getting seemingly cleverer and cleverer all the time, I’m happy to say that I’m able to still feel a sense of wonder when experiencing technologies for the first time. Just recently I’ve figured out how to be […]

Google Chrome display problem

Any ideas what’s going on with Google Chrome here? Changing the encoding doesn’t help, and it’s not connected with Japanese either – this page is all English. Same for virtually any website, and restarts / reinstalls don’t help. It’s not consistent though – happened for a couple of weeks, was OK for a while, then […]

Soft air

Ah, can’t beat a bit of soft air. Just on the Hibiya line heading home from a meeting, further developments on the work front. Very busy, in a good way. Saw a sign in the public toilets: “Please do not drink the disinfectant” Makes you wonder… Posted via email from Joseph’s posterous


Today starts, and ends in Starbucks. I enjoyed studying in here first thing this morning. Going through my folders from my Japanese course at Rikkyo University (2006-2007) was pretty exciting, reminding me of the wonder of Learning Stuff. Japanese – it rocks. After 90 minutes here it was back home to work on a number […]

Japanese study

I’ve reached one of those points when I’m totally disgusted with myself …again. It’s my Japanese. It’s appalling. At least, appalling compared to the level I feel it should be at. I’m going to do something about it as it’s actually getting worse. I keep on finding myself in situations where I can’t say what […]

Sky high

Despite having lived in Tokyo for some time I still find myself captivated by the skyscrapers. They’re just so …er, Big. I’m just walking down the road in Shimbashi at the moment going to meet a friend who’s over from Australia, and discuss a film project. These are strange days, packed with a myriad of […]

Terabytes of life

Very happy to have finally got my microblog set up – I’m posting via email to posterous, which then autoposts to WordPress at – which then should post to Facebook, which then posts to email, at which point I get sucked into a perpetual loop which can only be broken by ingesting 3KG of […]

Site Updates

Just a quick note to say that I’m now in the process of updating TameGoesWild, and until the overhaul is complete a fair bit of material will be unavailable. Following on my previous post – I’ve decided to continue to use The Daily Mumble as I have done up until now. I’ll be adding a […]

Evolution of The Daily Mumble

The dramatic decrease in the number of posts on this blog probably correlates perfectly with the increase in the number of tweets I’ve sent. The ability to share my thoughts quickly and easily without having to come up with complete English sentences means I’ve not felt the need to sit down and make time to […]

Social Media Day Tokyo

On June 30th 2010 the popular social media / tech site Mashable initiated Global Social Media Day, with events being held in over 90 countries worldwide – including Japan. Organised by the boys over at Poken, Social Media Day Tokyo featured a great line of speakers including Shoko Tanaka, Eri Yatsuzuka, Dean Fujii, Johan Rooms, […]

Shuukan Ascii article

Brief press update – I make my Japanese-print-media debut this week with an inclusion in ‘週刊アスキー’ (Weekly Ascii), a popular Japanese tech magazine. The article I feature in is a summary of  important things to have happened online in the first half of 2010 – so how I got in there I’m not quite sure… […]

BS-TBS TV interview

In mid-May 2010 I was contacted by a producer working on a programme for BS-TBS, in which they were looking at the recent rapid growth in popularity of the live video streaming service USTREAM. As well as interview the president of TV-Bank (the subsidiary of Softbank responsible for running the service in Japan), they also […]

Thinking Big

Yesterday then was my final day at White Rabbit Press, bringing to an end what has been a very interesting 7 months of employment there. I won’t dwell on that now – perhaps let a little time go by before publicly reflecting and drawing conclusions. I will say though that is was just what I […]


In these days of cheap digital words, does the use of a fountain pen result in deeper insight? Maybe not.

Going Freelance

It’s a time of great change in my life again. In short, I’m leaving full-time employment, and going freelance. There are several reasons for this change, but the primary one is that I’m now in a position whereby this is a feasible option – it’s a model I’ve wanted to embrace for some time. I’ve […]

cooltiger – The Bread Runner

You may remember that towards the end of the Tokyo Marathon, I was stopped by a family whom I’d never met before, who’d seen what I was up to and decided to prepare some bread to give to me when I passed them. It was a very kind gesture – I was touched. In an […]

Changes. Again.

I find living next to a park a real lifeline, especially at this time of year. The mosquitoes are yet to really start biting, and the Cicada’s yet to start making a racket. We can keep the veranda doors wide open and enjoy the breeze, whilst talking to the rapidly growing tomatoes, sunflowers and magic […]

TEDxTokyo 2010

Jake Shimabukuro performs live at TEDxTokyo 2010 Without a doubt the one thing that I’ve focused on more than anything else over the past month has been TEDxTokyo. What is TEDxTokyo? Intro to TED Intro to TEDx video intro to TEDxTokyo I was first invited to participate by good friend and fellow tech-lover @SteveNagata. Knowing […]

Four Seasons Hotel and the TELL Runathon

It’s the second day of our Golden Week Holiday, when the government cunningly stacks 4 public holidays on top of one another to force people to take a prolonged break from the office. A mighty fine idea me thinks. *Twinkle* and I have been seeing much more of one another lately, and have been loving […]

Nippon TV: Zoom in Saturday

A couple of weeks back I made a brief appearance on Nippon TV’s ‘Zoom in Saturday’. The interview, which went on for about 15~20 minutes, was a lot of fun – here’s the 90 seconds that made it out of the editing suite! This section of the program focuses on what foreigners think of Japan, […]

PechaKucha Night Presentation

I presented at PechaKucha last night. Thanks to all of you who came or watched online. For those of you who don’t know about PechaKucha: the format is tough, with 20 slides, automatically advancing to the next slide after 20 seconds. Thus, it means things can get a bit rushed… Click here for the slides […]

IT Media News article

Many thanks to Miyamoto-san of IT Media news for the opportunity to be interviewed for one of Japan’s major tech news sites – the story was published this morning. For anyone in the Tokyo area, I’ll be presenting about the marathon at tomorrow night’s PechaKucha – and we’ll be using a certain Apple device to […]

Time flies like baby birds, press update

Sorry, but I just can’t resist it – the birds were at it again this morning when I woke up, couldn’t help but get a few snaps. These are taken through the glass door, thus they’re a bit noisier than they should be. (Incidentally, one of my photos from my previous post is now on […]

Birds and Babies in the blossom

I’d never noticed the birds taking pollen from the cherry blossom before. It was only when lying on the futon with the balcony doors open one morning last week that I saw them at it, hopping around from branch to branch, the tips of their beaks coated in golden dust. I don’t know what kind […]


We held a little hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) today. It was a quiet affair (so please don’t be offended if you weren’t invited!). Partly as a joke, I set up our HD video camera on the veranda and connected it to the TV – bringing the cherry blossom into the house: “These days things […]

Twitter warps my world

Photo: Roppongi Art Night Howdy hoolie. Quick catch-up time. Before I start, I’d just like to explain to any new readers that unlike many blogs, The Daily Mumble doesn’t tend to deal with anything other than ME! This is intentional. It’s not an ego thing. It’s more that there’s thousands of people who are far […]

Cherry Blossom Buds

I’ve really been looking forward to Spring this year. I think it was around mid-February when I finally declared that I had had enough of the cold mornings, cold days, and cold evenings. Unlike in the UK, the weather tends to permeate the entire house (all 32 square metres of it!). Instead of thick walls, […]

Setting the penguin to work

After several months of a relative lack of action outside of work (ok, aside from a marathon), I’m starting to feel fired up again. As many Mumblers know, last year, much of my energy went into producing a number of podcasts. I’ve not updated these for some time now. The podfade was part-planned, and partly […]

Tokyo Marathon 2010: The full (and final) story

One reason for starting this website about 10 years ago was to document my life. Doing so not only helps me remember, but also helps me reflect on the things I’ve done, and (hopefully) learn from them. Recent weeks and months have seen me posting far less on The Daily Mumble than I used to, […]

Live Streaming the Tokyo Marathon – a huge success

Video by Lem Fugitt This is just a quick update on the Tokyo Marathon – it was a huge success! I’m not going into details now as I’m pretty tired 🙂 but basically: I ran with my good friend Tom Kobayashi, without whom I never would have taken up running. He’s been amazing throughout our […]

Live Streaming the Tokyo Marathon 2010

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks since I last posted, and ‘normal life’ has been put on hold. This week in particular has been pretty crazy as we gear up for Sunday’s live-streaming spectacular. We now have 5 teams equipped with iPhone 3GSs who will be positioned around Tokyo to capture the action live […]

Valentine’s Day

One thing that we went into our marriage knowing, was that statistically, international marriages are far more likely to fail than marriages involving two people with a similar background. For me it’s important to not forget this. It helps me to compromise when I need to to, where I might otherwise let pride get in […]

41.4km (25.7 mile) run around Tokyo’s Yamanote loop line

Hachiko, Shibuya, where the run started and finished. Quiet an achievement for me today – I circumnavigated inner Tokyo by running the Yamanote train line, visiting every station along the way. The 41.4km route took me almost 5 hours to run, and was quite painful towards the end – but worth it for the sense […]

Summer 2010: exploring Japan By Bicycle

The first section of this blog has been gratuitously copied from a post I just wrote a moment ago for Being an Apple fan boy, my initial reaction to the iPad was ‘I want one!’ then ‘I’ll get one!’ I mean, I find *Twinkle*s iPod touch really sexy, so a BIG iPod touch must […]

Snow fall in Tokyo

It snowed tonight – and settled – for the first time this winter. We seem to have had about 8cm-10cm. What a treat! *Twinkle* and I couldn’t contain the children within us, and so at 11pm went out for a late night play in the park…

Rodger Swan

It was with shock and sadness that tonight I heard that Rodger Swan had passed away. Whilst I had never met Rodger, like many of those who followed his life in Japan through his videos, I was very fond of him. It was impossible to not like the guy (read more by a close friend […]

3 weeks of my life in Twitter Speak

Howdy punks. So, it’s been about three weeks since my last update here – shocking how cavalier I am towards my blogging responsibilities. Mind you, in that time I have posted 3 Audioboos, done a fair bit of livestreaming for myself and now for Metropolis Magazine, taken a tonne of photos with Danny Choo on […]

Ten years of life in 2000 words

Hello 2010. Hello new decade!* Looking back at my 2000s, I’m very happy with what I accomplished. In a way, the millennium celebrations don’t seem all that long ago, but then, if I think of where I was and what I was doing, and how young I was in 2000 (22/23), it seems like another […]

Thoughts on this and that

Thoughts on: Christmas Cards It’s a little late, but I have a card for all you Mumblers! Home-made elephant don’t you know! Thoughts on: Twitter Is is just me, or has Twitter use by English speakers in Japan peaked? I get the feeling we’ve seen a drop off in updates this past month. I know […]

Sitting in Cafes and watching DVDs in bed

What on earth is happening to the Tame Gone Wild? You know what he did yesterday? He got up late (it was a Saturday), then he went to a spa and soaked in an outdoor pool. Then he said in a comfy chair for a whole HOUR doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! except looking down at the […]