Shoot the creative

CNet’s News.com have been doing a special report on the resurgence of Japanese companies as innovators in consumer electronics and technology. One of the sections was called ‘Images from a neon culture’. Obviously, the picture editor hadn’t been briefed properly, with the notable exception of a camera shop in downtown Tokyo, grey was was the […]

Tribes, youth marketing and Japan

I thought I would flag up a couple of articles on youth culture and spending power. First up is the FT’s article on Japan, my initial thoughts on this was that it is deemed ok for men to be collectors of watches, model trains sets, art, records etc in the west, with the weekend edition […]

Do Japanese Dream of Electronic Sheep

In a society famous for its neon cities, long office hours, horrendous commutes, indulgence in even more methamphetamine abuse than an Australian roadtrain driver and cramming programmes for infant schoolchildren you may expect sleeping to be a problem. You’d be right. Its also big business, Matsushita (the mega-corp behind Panasonic, Technics and JVC) will be […]

I haven’t got a clue (and neither has Sony)

Sony announced yesterday that it was pulling out of the PDA marketplace by stopping making the Clie range. There has been much analysis already of this on all the usual suspect sites online. The good news is that they are managing the process in such a way that existing customers won’t get shafted. They deserve […]

Blind man’s tap dance/slice-and-dice epic and other fun stuff

I went to see Zatoichi over the weekend. It is a modern Japanese interpretation of a a series within the Japanese Chambara tradition of films. Zatoichi is similar to the ‘One Armed Swordsman’ of Hong Kong cinema or Django in the spaghetti western genre. The new version of Zatoichi is much more than an action […]