After I came to the US, I saw many people involved in politics. In Japan, debating politics is kinda taboo. I’ve been wondering why. I think I found a potential great reason. Discussing politics and doing political activities in public schools and public facilities is strictly prohibited in Japan. The Iwakura City has a public conference room services which I use it for CoderDojo Owari, The place prohibit to do any political and religious activities by its terms of services. I think this may be coming from World War II how Japanese imperial government brainwashed Japanese citizen to go towards war using education, politics and religion. Therefore, the government should […]
I love open source and community around it. My job is to spread the open source spirits and business in Japan. Now I am the father of two lovely daughters. It’s no brainer that I started CoderDojo Owari in my town since April 2017 and help DojoCon Japan 2017. I was fortunate to be a translator for the event. As a translator, let me briefly introduce what was going on at DojoCon Japan 2017. (I also want to emphasize that Japan now has more than 100 Dojos! We are one of the most active CoderDojo communities in the world!) (Photos by Atsushi Ando & Michie Yamamoto) This is a blog entry […]
Happy new year of 2017. I will write a kind of new year’s resolution. In these days, I am often being asked what I can do, what I can do to help others, what I really want to do. I think one of my most advantage is the ability to glocalize. In 2017, I would like to appeal my glocal experience to both multilingual projects and inter-industry projects. Dictionaty.com has the definition of glocal. global (adjective) of or relating to the interconnection of global and local issues, factors,etc.: e.g.: a glocal conference on community development. of or relating to the tailoring of globally available products and services to local markets: e.g.: a […]
Earlier today, one of my YokosoNews contributors traveled to Kumano, Japan. And he went to eat the local cuisine which include the dolphin. Then he posted the photo on YokosoNews Facebook page. I immediately deleted the photo from the YokosoNews Facebook Page. But I would like to take this opportunity to express my personal opinion and my premature plan. I’m writing this on my personal blog because this is not the official final plan of YokosoNews. But it’s good to share my developing plan of YokosoNews as the first step to become a real social media and the bridge of Japanese culture… and get your feedbacks. Lessons from the past […]
I know I should work on the report of World Cosplay Summit 2010. But Japan has been hot theses days… I mean really hot. In addition, Yukina (YokosoNews reporter) is currently down from heat fever… “summer cold” is very trciky. So I decided to work on this heat advisory article on YokosoNews. I also made a PDF file for your use. If you are hanging outside, and got sick because of hyperthermia, please take advantage of my PDF. http://yokosonews.com/lifestyle/jtg-heat-alert-in-japan/ . Have a safe traveling or living in Japan!