What is right and what is wrong? Everyone must have asked this question on ethical matters. Because of my involvement with sustainable seafoodÂ project over the pas 3 years, I have asked myself at least a thousand times, what is the right thing to do? The answer to such question all depends on agenda of… Continue reading Defending Wrong Acts
I took my sons on edu-vacation last December, but one of the thing that I treasure from the trip is not what we did together, but the encounter with Christopher McDougal's thoughts. My 16 year old was having his English lesson with a tutor at Starbucks at Barnes and Noble in San Jose, and I… Continue reading Big topic: Are we born to run?
Designers with capability to create and has in reality created things that are truly wonderful to those designers who can talk about design are like real plants to fake plants. Mike Abelson is one of those real designer.Â He often talks about about his love of working with leather, and recently, he was telling me… Continue reading Love of leather, paper
People who live long lives begin to yearn for things at some point in their lives, things that fulfill the human needs. For us, the aging population in Japan, who had good active lives, the desire for such things grow. We no longer want to clutter our lives with objects that titillate our senses, perhaps… Continue reading Longing for beautiful, long life, things that fulfills human needs
Maybe humanss will be manufactured, not born by year 2209. Look around now.Â We seem to have already made the choice.Â We are waiting for the technology to catch up.Â Kids in advanced country planted in front of PC or gaming device or some sort of machine, because there aren't room for them to play… Continue reading Humans will be mostly manufactured
http://www.reuters.com/resources/flash/include_video.swf?edition=US&videoId=97787 This year, more people than ever attend the World Economic Forum at Davos.Â As this video asks:Â Why attend?Â We are now capable of sharing so much information virtually. It will probably take several generations, if ever, for the humans to become natural at virtual meetings.Â In the recent seminar I organized about building… Continue reading Why meet face to face?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/projectkobo/sets/72157612706079650/ Buying an automobile has never been an option to me since I moved from the US to Tokyo.Â Why would I want a car?Â Trains and buses are so cheap, they are everywhere, runs on time, clean, safe.Â Taxis aren't so expensive.Â If I needed to drive somewhere for some reason, I would rent… Continue reading Toyota dealership visit in suburban Tokyo
I did it again.....Â I let a few months slip by without writing anything. August, September were really busy, then came mid October and nothing.Â So this is what it's like to be, affected by the economic situation of the time. Being a small operation, it was an easy decision to close my studio, especially… Continue reading Sustainability effort: moving small office