Zooming back in time to about 11AM - heading on the Yamanote line towards Akihabara. I love being on the first carriage as I get to look out the window and get a drivers eye view ^^
Arrival at Akihabara. My destination today is the UDX building.
Was preparing my presentation right up until the last minute (as usual) meaning no time for lunch - quickly grabs some Lunch Pack sandwiches - food for folks on the go ^^;
Setting up the new MacBook Air before the room is filled. Not a lot of seats but they are filled with a load of industry folk - met folks from NEC, Docomo and the General Manager of Tezuka Productions - Shimuzu-san. Many of my new clients are made at conferences like this - even though I'm not paid for many talks that I give, its up to me to make the most of the opportunity and the chance to network with potential clients is priceless.
Thinking long term means you care about the future, thinking short term means you dont give a damn about the future.
The Lady with the bob hat is Ai-chan who helped me take some of these photos - I'll introduce you next time ^^
The event was run by the Japanese government who I have been working with since last year. I'm speaking at another conference for them next week and also working with them on this n that while I'm in Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia. My goal is to help them realize how important you are to them.
What has Vince just seen?
The red bars show that the sales from anime media has been decreasing since 2006 with a slight bump in 2010. These stats are for media only and do not include merchandise sales.
How many of you buy anime DVD's or Bluray?
Describing my company's mission which is to share Japanese culture with the world. Noticed how I look like a wally holding the mic with two hands - wont do it again!
Going over the pillars that support my business.
Currently hiring for a major platform expansion in 2012.
What I love to share - photos of Japan.
Just some of my clients who we also build web solutions for which include Good Smile, Bushiroad, Konami, Kadokawa, King Records and Ascii Media Works.
I'll be increasing the amount of events that I participate in - next is AFA followed by probably Supanova and Hyper Japan.
Mirai Suenaga is an IP that I've decided to devote my life to.
You know, I'm actually supposed to show you this first before I show others ^^;
I'll talk about this later ^^;
Mirai-chan will be teaching the world Japanese in 2012.
The end card which I've been using this year.
Time for Vince to talk about Crunchylol.
Time to take questions from the audience, network and then head back to base. The Tokyo International Anime Festival was actually a replacement for the Tokyo Anime Fair which got cancelled due to the earthquake that his us earlier on this year.
The "festival" however was far from it with only a handfull of booths for business matching - I didn't even bother to take photos.
But before heading back to base - tis a lovely day in Akihabara to take some snaps. This is the deck at the UDX building - lovely to sit on during the day whilst looking down over the Akihabara scenery.
Long queue is long - filled with AKB48 fans saying "take my money!"
AKB48 decided that they wanted to have a bigger cafe than Gundam. As soon as you get out the Electric Town exit at Akihabara, just turn to your right after you leave the ticket barriers.
Folks who have not been to Akihabara yet may want to dig through some of my previous posts to see whats available - listed up below.
If you cant be bothered to walk around then just hit Yodobashi Akiba which has everything under one roof.
Internets with you everywhere with Softbank's Ultra WiFi.
Back to base in Musashikoyama.
In my local shopping arcade Palm.
Tsukemen is noodles which you dip into a bowl of soup - tis my dindins before heading back to the office to continue editing Culture Japan.