Social Media Balance Out Traditional Media, And Japanese Responsibility Starts at The Bottom

6 weeks after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, NHK online news announced that 27,931 people are dead or missing, and over 136,000 people are still living in evacuation in extreme hardship at Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures. As the rest of Japan slowly but steadily recover from the earthquake, recovery is still far away for… Continue reading Social Media Balance Out Traditional Media, And Japanese Responsibility Starts at The Bottom

Robot EVERYBODY Appreciates

At the InnoRobo I attended in March, we talked a lot about how the robots will be integrated into our lives.  Here is a concrete case.  Robot that everybody appreciates.  Robot that was vital to diagnosing the  Fukushima Nuclear Power plant. The 2011/04/17 Yomiuri Online article reads: On the 17th, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) succeeded… Continue reading Robot EVERYBODY Appreciates

Understanding Japanese Culture Through Music

Joseph Campbell talked about the role of mythology in people's lives.  It's so true.  And it seems to me music tells so much about each culture. Modern Japanese choral music performed by children at schools show so many things about Japanese culture.  Importance of harmony between people.  Working together.  The lyrics of modern choral music… Continue reading Understanding Japanese Culture Through Music

In a nutshell: How innovations happen, how businesses grow

If you would search on the web with "Apple innovation" or "Sony demise", you would find plenty of interesting reads.  Talk is easy.  I do it all the time, and I often get paid for doing it.  But to actually make a product or service that people actually pays for, and sell them in quantity,… Continue reading In a nutshell: How innovations happen, how businesses grow

Big topic: Are we born to run?

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?

Love of leather, paper

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.  He often talks about about his love of working with leather, and recently, he was telling me… Continue reading Love of leather, paper

Eating Plum Blossom Off The Tree Branch

"Eat it, eat it!" my husband said.  So I think for the first time in my life,  I ate (or at least acted like I did) a plum blossom off a tree branch. We were having a long walk today along Hayase River.  We passed by small factories, vegetable gardens, houses big and small, elementary… Continue reading Eating Plum Blossom Off The Tree Branch

Contemplating Robots: Embedded parts that evoke emotion in humans

It was a happy accident that I found this video.  I was looking up Shopsins that made my latest favorite stuff, 5 Year Diary, but ended up at Shopsins that is about food!   I was not expecting for robotics information useful to my research, but here it was! Robots are looking more like embedded… Continue reading Contemplating Robots: Embedded parts that evoke emotion in humans

Creating best fit workplace

Mike Abelson and Yuri Shimizu's Research is inspiring.  Their ability to capture the spirit of things is amazing.  I am stingy when it comes to spending my own money, but they make things so well, I end up buying them despite their price. I was inspired by their booklet , AT Work.  I have found… Continue reading Creating best fit workplace

New Year in Japan

New Year's day is a big holiday in Japan, and traditionally, there are decorations that are associated with the New Year like pine branch, cut bamboos, woven dried rice stalks.  I vaguely thought of the decrease in these decorations at homes and cities for the last few years, but this year, I became aware of… Continue reading New Year in Japan

Researching the aging market in Japan

Japan has had more elderly people aged over 65 than younger people aged 15 and younger since 1997. Above graph shows other countries are following the same trend as in Japan.  What does this mean to me?  As a 50-year old, it is about ME.  And as a researcher, I am tremendously interested in what… Continue reading Researching the aging market in Japan

Things reveal themselves if we become interested

For about 7 years, I had firsthand experience in taking part in crunching numbers at a business unit.  Before doing that, all the education I had was taking a course in accounting in college and all the actual experience I had in accounting and finance was managing my own young, small family finance.  It was… Continue reading Things reveal themselves if we become interested

Reading on paper vs. online

It's been 5 days since I returned from the US, but I still have a jet lag.  I woke up and got out of bed at 3:50 am.  Before starting to work, I read online for nearly an hour about psychokinesis,  para-psychology, Dean Radin, Amazon customer reviews on Dean Radin's books, University of Pennsylvania.  At… Continue reading Reading on paper vs. online