Two square meters fields

Somewhere near Shinagawa in Tokyo I found a place near the bay filled with mini-fields. The neighborhood can use those “fields”. Families in the neighborhood with a member who is younger than 21 or older than 60 have the right to use one of those two square meter areas. The size is minimum, but I think is an excellent idea to give happiness and keep people in contact with nature in this huge city.

Look at the water deposit in the first picture, the water is also free.

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

shinagawa

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Human ads

Is not unique from Japan, but there are so “human ads” here! Holding an ad has to be one of the most boring jobs in the world.

Anuncio

arai araimieko mieko girigirigirls girigiri ero sexy publicidad ad akiba

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Are you feeling sleepy?

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Japan will be the fourth economy by 2050

Joi Ito shows in his blog this chart that compares how much percentage represented each country to the world’s GDP in 2004 (the bar on the top) compared with how it’s expected to be in 2050 (the second bar). In 2004, the USA is 38.3% of world’s economy, and Japan it’s 15.4%. But, by 2050 it is expected that China will be the world’s number one economy with 24.1%, the United States will be second with 20.3%, India gets the bronze medal with 15.8% and Japan drops to the fourth position with only the 4% of world’s GDP.

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Joi Ito got this from Oki Matsumoto (Keio University)

Joi Ito’s important conclusion is that Japan should stop to think they are the second biggest economy in the world. Japan should start to think more humble and concentrate in becoming a better country to live, being kinder with people/society and forget a little bit about companies. They should stop depending so much on the manufacture industry, promote more tourism and give incentives to increase immigration so they can “stop” the huge problem with the aging population. In 1992, Japan was 18% of world’s total GDP, you could say that Japan was a country with influence. But in 15~30 years all predictions give Japan around 4 and 6% of world’s GDP. That’s very low, Japanese won’t be able to show off any more. But, the best countries (happier people and no stress life), are not the biggest or the most powerful. Japan should look at those countries and learn.

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Cheap manga

If you like manga then Japan is your paradise, manga is cheap here and there are millions of them. If you buy new manga it costs around 400 and 600 Yen, but if you buy used manga volumes then you only have to pay around 100 Yen (1.1$). Even though manga is still popular, the industry is immersed in big crisis and people talks about the 90s as the golden decade for manga and anime. If people read manga while commuting in the old time, now people prefers to use their keitais (mobile phones) to read the latest news or send emails and play with their Nintendo DS or PSP.

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100 Yen manga

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250 Yen

manga
100 Yen

manga
100 Yen

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Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is the name of the last “micro-futuristic city” in Tokyo. The construction cost was 300 billion dollars and it opened its doors last year.

The direct competitor is Roppongi Hills, that it’s just 500 meters away. Midtown’s main building is taller than Roppongi Hills Mori tower, in fact, it is the tallest building in Tokyo. Inside Tokyo Midtown there are the offices of Konami or Yahoo Japan, it seems the office rental is cheaper than the Roppongi Hills one. There are also apartments, if you want to live in Tokyo Midtown it will cost you around 5.000~8.000$ a month for a100 square meters.

Here there is a map with the most interesting places in Tokyo Midtown:

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown

  • 1.- Main entrance: from this entrance you have the best view of the complex. It gives access to the commercial area that fills the first five floors.
  • 2.- Suntory museum: museum with temporal exhibitions.
  • 3.- Hinokicho park: is my favorite area. It’s a very quite park even been in the center of a so big city.
  • 4.- Oedo line Roppongi station exit 7: the best way to arrive.
  • 5.- Design Sight: it’s a little building designed by Taku Sato e Issey Miyake (Yes, the same guy who “makes” perfumes).
  • 6.- Chiyoda line Nogizaka station exit 3: it’s a little bit farther than the Oedo line exit but it’s also pretty convenient.
  • 7.- Roppongi Hills: read more about Roppongi Hills.
  • 8.- The National Art Center: one of the best museums in Japan.
  • 9.- Roppongi crossing: considered the main reference point in the area.

It’s interesting that the complex doesn’t have any shopping malls (American and European style), but it has museums, luxurious shops like for example the one selling food for dogs, expensive restaurants etc. Both, Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills are pretty far away from the western commercial area we are used to that would include a cheap shopping mall, a big cinema and access only with car.

Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown scale mode.

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midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

midtown tokyomidtown roppongi 2007

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Videogames market share evolution

Found at Kotaku.com a really interesting video showing the video-game market share evolution during the last eleven years in Japan.

  • Blue: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Red: Nintendo
  • Green: Microsoft
  • Purple: Sega
  • Yellow: Bandai

It’s astounding how Sega disappears at the begining and Sony conquers the pie and keeps the majority during many years. At the end Nintendo starts to re-conquer and ends up with more than 75% of the market!

This a similar version but with data from all the world and more years:

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Ema – 絵馬

Ema (絵馬) are small shinto traditional plaques that are usually located below sacred trees in Japanese shrines. When you go to a shrine you buy an ema, you write your wishes and hopes into it and they you hang it together with the other emas. Emas are near the gods, so they can read them and make your dreams come true. When people goes to shinto shrines they go to “ask for wishes” more than “praying” like we are used to see in other religions.

ema temple

ema temple

ema temple

ema temple

ema temple

ema temple

ema temple

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Energetic drinks

Japanese, and also Asian people are pretty addict to energetic drinks. There are zillions of different kinds of beverages. Here, there is a picture with energetic drinks and similar potions in a simple convenience store, if you go to a pharmacy there is even more variety. “Red Bull” is trying to enter this competitive market in Japan since a while a go but it seems they are not being successful.

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My schedule

Eneko Alonso shares his schedule with everyone, he wakes up everyday at 5:00h, that’s really early! But he can leave work around 15:00h. Here there is my prototype schedule during the week:

  • 9:00h – Wake up
  • 9:40h – Commute
  • 10:00h – Work
  • 12:00h – Lunch break
  • 13:00h – Work
  • 19:00h – Commute
  • 19:30h – Dinner
  • 20:00h – Procrastinate, personal projects, study and read
  • 1:15h – Sleep

In Tokyo most of the people start working around 9 or 10AM. It’s pretty late, but some people here live really far from their workplace. One of my work-mates lives two hours by train from hour offices. What do you prefer, start before and finish before or sleep until late?

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