Check out the current issue of Rolling Stone (Aug 6)

Check out the current issue (Aug 6) of Rolling Stones magazine (US edittion). And turn to page 72 – “Isolated – Surfing a New Reality” It talks about the surfing move that I was a cinematographer for~! It was a fun memory in Papua, Indonesia last year. —


“Etienne” World Premiere in Vegas on Friday June 12, 2009

“Etienne!” A Story about the little things in Life World Premiere at CineVegas on June 12, 2009 Please join us for the world premiere of our film. I worked as a various role (mainly post-production) for this film. Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ZH7YaHbGo] About “Etienne!” Synopsis copied from CineVegas BoxOffice ETIENNE! is a timeless tale of friendship between two kindred spirits on a journey through life. The catch that makes this tale unique? One of the friends is a hamster. Richard is a shy and boyish college dropout who has just started a new job at a hotel. His best and only friend is his dwarf hamster, Etienne, whom he cares for very […]


The release of concrete5.3.0 Japanese, and the launch of its web site

Usagi Project is pleased to announce the released of concrete 5.3.0 Japanese version, and the launch of our web site on April, 17, 2009 (JST). http://concrete5-japan.org Due to the language barrier between Japanese and English, Usagi Project made a decision to distribute the package separately from concrete5’s SourceForge account but through our SourceForge.jp account. If you are interested in using concrete5 Japanese, please visit our web site. We, Usagi Project, will closely keep in touch with the concrete5 core team to make sure that Japanese users continue to benefit from this wonderful CMS. We hope that we can make the world the better place together with the concrete5 core team! […]


concrete5 Member of the Month!

Yay~! I was selected as the member of the month of concrete5 Community in April, 2009. http://www.concrete5.org/community/ Thanks, concrete5 team and Franz (CEO of concrete5)~! —–


Teigaku Kyufukin Letter has arrived

Today, my family received the letter from Yokkaichi City regarding Teigaku Kyufukin. The letter consists three materials Return envelop English and Chinese instruction The Form which accept or deny your Kyufukin per household member, and where to fill out you bank account English instruction letter followed by Chinese The actual form where you check your household member and fill out your bank account. For more information about Teigaku Kyufukin (定額給付金), read my related posts. “FREE” 12000 YEN to ALL Registered Foreigners in Japan http://katz515.blogspot.com/2008/12/registered-foreigner-will-receive-12000.html How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount http://katz515.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-claim-your-12000-yen-and-highway.html


Softbank: iPhone Discount for Existing Users

Since February, Softbank began their huge discount of iPhone 3G. Now you can buy iPhone 3G 8GB model for almost free (with 2 years contract) called “iPhone for Everybody Campaign” iPhone for Everybody – Softbank http://mb.softbank.jp/mb/iphone_en/everybody/ “iPhone for Everybody” for Existing iPhone Users in Japan But this is also a good news for existing Softbank’s iPhone users in Japan. I called Softbank customer support to confirm, and I did renew my contract to reduce my monthly data plan today. Effective on April 1st through May 30, 2009, the existing Softbank iPhone heavy data users will be able to benefit from this campaign. If you are Bought iPhone 3G from Softbank in Japan You subscribe Softbank’s White Plan You […]


BANDAI is planning to hire more foreigners for its worldwide expansion

From today’s (Monday April 6) news of TV Tokyo, “E Morning”. BANDAI, the one of the major toy and TV game company, is looking to hire more foreigners. According to TV Tokyo, BANDAI is seeking to expand their toy and TV game business towards international market more, and they think that hiring more foreign people is one of their plan. The news did not say any details such as what department, what nationalities, or which regions.   They might have wanted to announce their plan only. But this could lead to a good news for those of who love Japanese toys and games under this recession economy. BANDAI – Corporate […]


US Embassy Japan warned Roppongi partying

On March 17th, 2009, US Embassy warned the US citizens who hang out clubs and bars in Roppongi for the drink-spiking incidents. Warden Message – Roppongi Security Noticehttp://tokyo.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-warden20090317-01.html I’ve been witnessing in the last 10 years that Japanese students in LA were intoxicated and deported. And an American friend had cardiac arrest and passed away in Roppongi. Self-controlling could be one of the big issue for the people who lives in a foreign country, especially the city where there are a lot of fun stuff to do. Now, some bad-mind people had spotted these people and US Embassy noticed the potential danger. Although Tokyo is cool place, and Roppongi is […]


Japan Highway Holiday Discount Partially Delays

Today (March 11, 2009), NEXCO (Nippon Expressway Company Limited) Group announced that they will not be able to complete the system upgrade fully. Therefore, they will start discount on March 28th. This delay mainly affect the driver who will go through Tokyo, Osaka area, Honshu-Shikoku Bridges and/or Tokyo Aqua Line. Overview of Japanese Highway Holiday Discount Program As the part of Japanese government economic stimulus program, they passed the law to approve the budget in order to execute the discount of Japanese regional expressway. The weekends and holiday discount includes 1,000 yen all-you-can-drive in regional area (Partially starting on Mar 28) 1,000 yen discount rate of Shikoku-Honshu Toll Bridges and […]


How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount

Yesterday, the controversial budget finally finally passed the Japanese Parliament yesterday. The major bills were controversial Teigaku-kyufukin (定額給付金), and holiday discount of highway. 12,000 yen Teigaku-Kyufukin So it is now official that the everybody who legally resided in Japan on Feb 1, 2009 are eligible for 12,000 yen (the 18 and younger, and the 65 and older will receive 20,000 yen). To check your eligibility, look at my older post.http://katz515.blogspot.com/2008/12/registered-foreigner-will-receive-12000.html The majority of Japanese people are already tired of this topic. It’s been over half year since the government started talking about it. The Japanese people are sick and tired of these already non-sense-and-super-late policy after seeing Taiwan and China […]