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Autumn in Japan, and some observations

We paid Tokyo and Osaka a visit last fall, following up on my life’s goal of visiting Japan at least once every two years, and nothing disappointed — not the food, people, weather, galleries, nor multi-storey complexes designed to make me buy media and electronics. As Craig Mod alluded to recently on Twitter, Tokyo is a place that fulfills the city’s promise as a tool for human life.

https://twitter.com/craigmod/status/951372392986681344

The thing I love about its density and intensity is how that translates into support for all manner of subcultures and obscure hobbies. Today, you can barely find a functioning and interesting bookstore in Singapore, while in Tokyo it’s not just bookstores that thrive. One can wander into massive stores selling model train and forest diorama-building supplies, or records curated from a specific period, or vintage camera parts emporiums. We’re not large enough to incubate that kind of diversity, and the city dweller’s life suffers for it.

The retail industry in Singapore is in decline, or so the news outlets tell us every day. I wonder if they ring the same alarm bells in Japan. Online shopping and its infinite inventory can fill the gap a brick & mortar apocalypse would leave behind, but digital ~~replaces~~ overwrites our collective memory of browsing and inspecting these items in a physical space. I think it’s really important we don’t lose that, because, as one of my company’s founders is fond of saying, technology might change fast but people fundamentally don’t.

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Videos

2017 Japan Snack Reports

Continuing a Japan holiday tradition… making videos of my daily konbini snack raids.

Recently a few colleagues found these on my YouTube and thought it’d be funny to put them up on the giant Microsoft Surface Hub we have. I don’t know why I found that a problem, when I’m uploading them onto my own public website. I suppose because probably no one sees these?

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Reviews Videos

Japanese Konbini Snack Report 2015: Part 8

All good things come to an end, but that also applies to this stupid video series from my Tokyo holiday. BBL, in withdrawal.

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Reviews Videos

Japanese Konbini Snack Report 2015: Part 7

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Japanese Konbini Snack Report 2015: Part 6

Tonight’s video features a walk around inside a Family Mart with other humans!

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Japanese Konbini Snack Report 2015: Part 5

I think I’m getting used to making these. I might even be having fun.

It always happens that halfway through these holidays, I think, “Hey I should keep making videos even when I’m back home!” But it doesn’t happen. Anyway, I think this is the best one yet.