Launch of YokosoNews this weekend!? (I hope…)

I’m going to partially launch YokosoNews web site, a JapanExp project this weekend (I hope)… http://yokosonews.com http://japanexp.org JapanExp is the social media that anybody can join and anybody can contribute. We just filmed introductory video.I hope to update the video very soon. And the first memorial covera of YokosoNews will be…. Japan Film Festival Los Angeles 2010!http://www.jffla.org/2010/en/ —-


Softbank did it again – Free Ustream Studio, and Free WiFi spots

One of the Japanese cell-phone cariors, Softbank is known for foreigner-friendly carrior. With its innovative mind set is somewhat similar to that of Apple. Today, they did it again. Softbank gained the Japan’s most friendly cell phone company in Japan among Twitter users. From one tweet from Japanese Twitter user to Softbank CEO, Masatoshi Son, Softbank decided to open its company building and invited 2,000 guests to show around the company building. And, one Japanese twitter suggested him to set-up a Ustream studio because Softbank announced to acquire a portion of Ustream share. Son replied immediately that he would do it. 1.5 months later, Softbank built a Ustream studio, and […]


The rise of “Media 2.5”

As a journalist and editor of a several publications, I can no longer ignore the trend of this social media movement. Previously, we had a clear distinction between mass media and personal blog media. However, Twitter, Ustream and YouTube shortened the gap between “mass” and “personal”. This is not the viral marketing. Viral marketing is initialted by individuals. When you pay attention to Twitter’s timeline, I could say that 1/3 to 1/5 of Twitter’s discussion is based on what mass media talks about. So if all of mass media disappeared from this world, Twitter would become 1/3 to 1/5 less interesting. I think it’s time to restructure the style of […]


The World Best Travel YouTube Video about Japan

I just discovered these video series done by egauemon-san on YouTube. I personally think this is ABSOLUTELY the BEST travel video IN THE WORLD!!!!. Why? You just have to watch these in FULLSCREEEN. KYOTO – CRUISE 2009[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5njZhbhL9s] ISE JINGU / JAPAN 2010[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVZfNQ7JzbA] No annoying host No talking It’s like you are there. Next step, find out wrere, buy an air plane ticket, and be there. —–


Tokyo Sky Drive -Night ver.- 01

Just watch and relaxTokyo Sky Drive -Night ver.- 01 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpTI3W9dPtc] —


Web developers’ memo

Leaving some memo for my new project. Let’s refresh my mind againBest Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Sitehttp://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html Javascript Tips jQuery LazyLoadhttp://www.appelsiini.net/projects/lazyloadThis is the jQuery plug in to post load the images that are only visible (or delay loading image) Preload Images Sequentially With jQueryhttp://www.appelsiini.net/2007/6/sequentially-preloading-images YUI2: ImageLoaderhttp://developer.yahoo.com/yui/imageloader/ Social Network Widgets ShareThishttp://sharethis.com/ AddToAnyhttp://www.addtoany.com/ DISQUShttp://disqus.com/ IntenseDebate http://intensedebate.com/ Social Marketing Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups: What’s the Difference?http://mashable.com/2009/05/27/facebook-page-vs-group/ —


The day I thought I lost everything

On October 15th, 2006, Driving West on I-10 freeway, after the meeting in Crenshaw and going to the coffee shop in West LA, suddenly, my car stops its engine. It was around Fairfax where it curves slightly to the left. I managed to stop my car at the middle island, didn’t know what to do for a couple minutes. I didn’t have a place to live at that time. I was couch-surfing, staying at Echo Park. Working on a feature film, I chose my life to do what I want to do. I didn’t chose to work for a company. I decided to join a feature film project. We shot […]


4th Anniversary

Today, this blog remarks 4th anniversary (including my Japanese one) Yay~. Tiem goes by really fast. I haven’t had time to post much of the stuff since my main concentration is Japanese blog. But this year, I am planning something big about blog and Japan. TBA.


Wanna see Apple’s new tablet (maybe)? “Sports Illustrated – Tablet Demo 1.5”

Originally from a Japanese article by Masaaki Kandahttp://archive.mag2.com/0000005757/20091207140706000.html First of all, watch this demo movie of Sports Illustrated – Tablet Demo 1.5. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntyXvLnxyXk]We know that Time, Inc. (The owner of Sports Illustrated) has NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) with Apple, inc.And Sports Illustrated dev team appeared to the Apple’s iPhone demo when they released the subscription (in-App Store) option.So Kanda is pretty sure that the reason why Sports Illustrated spent money to create the demo movie.Apple’s new touch device….Kanda added the interseting points. Here is my translation and summary This demo seemed not new. This looks like when Macromedia released Director (Now Apple Director) with the introduction of CD-ROM drive. I don’t really care […]


James Tormé – A Christmas Jazz Concert on Dec 19, 2009

The Nutcracker Swings – A Cool Jazz Christmas Date: Saturday, December 19, 2009 Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm Location: Pasadena Convention Center Street: 300 E. Green Street City/Town: Pasadena, CA A Benefit Concert for the Pasadena Jazz InstituteFeaturing: Pasadena Jazz Orchestra, RedWhite+Bluezz All Stars, Sacred Nation Gospel Choir and PJI Junior Superstars Special appearances by James Tormé, Renee Olstead, Sylvia St. James and Victor Vener[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9MS6fE3CT4]For more information and ticket, visithttp://nutcrackerswings.com/—–