Japan


Birds Behaving Badly: The Bizarre Green Pigeons of Oiso

Oiso station lies near the south-western/Atami end of the Tokaido Line, making it a relatively convenient ride for anyone coming from Tokyo or Yokohama stations. For optimal pigeon watching time, I recommend getting there at around 6 or 7am. When you get there, the station exit faces the ocean …

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Interactive: Japan Internet Map

The following interactive was published on The Bridge 1 in June 2013. The data was collected mostly by Takuya Tsuchiya, and it was designed by me, inspired by Jason Davies Coffee Wheel presentation. It was made using the D3 Javascript library, thanks to great expertise by Nikita Basukov who we …

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Myojo Waraku: Startups Converge on Fukuoka for Japan’s Rendition of South By Southwest

This weekend in Fukuoka, Japan’s answer to South by South West, Myojo Waraku, took place, spotlighting artists, music, and up-and-coming startups as well. As a part of the ‘startup showcase’ on day two of the event, ten startups from Japan and around Asia took to the stage to pitch …

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Contemplating Data Tools After the Quake

Like many people in the weeks following the earthquake, I found myself trying to wrap my head around radiation data. I've been a big fan of data journalists/geeks for the past couple of years, and many of these people were doing great work after the quake. I tried to …

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Q&A with Robert Laing, founder of myGengo

With such amazing developments occurring in amateur translation it was only a matter of time before a company capitalized on harnessing large numbers of translators to work via the Web. myGengo is one such company. It is an online translation service here in Japan that provides human translations via its …

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Interview with Smart.fm CEO, Andrew Smith Lewis

My brain seems to have become far less spongy since I hit the big 3-Oh. Recently, for my Japanese study I found myself relying on whatever new e-learning scheme happens to be most popular among my cleverer friends. I wrote about some of them here before. But since then I've …

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