Tokyo is a big city. There are probably ways in which you could define it the "biggest" city, but there are other "biggest" cities these days. Beijing has a busier subway system. New York city probably has more GDP. But I think that in a lot of people's mind, Tokyo is the quintessential Big City. … Continue reading “Free Parks” in Toyko
Some time ago I did a bit of an analysis on Divergent. It really should have been longer, but shit happens. There is just so much wrong with that series that it beggars belief. And the last movie was terrible (and came out after that post). Anyway, I flew again today (which will be about … Continue reading Why I hate “Inferno”
I know that I want to try and turn this into more of a cultural commentary blog, and I'll also try not to do any more drunk posts (but I can't promise that). But, in the odd case that anyone here is interested in my creative side, let me show you something. I've found … Continue reading What I’m up to
I've mentioned culture a couple of times here now, and pretended that I'm an expert on other cultures. I like to think that, at the very least, I've got some international experience, one of the things that I don't think I've mentioned here yet is the culture of "Australia". First up, let's make something clear. … Continue reading Being Australian
Trade shows are an unavoidable part of Business to Business selling. To be honest, in a lot of ways they are kind of a waste. Once you're established as a brand and have a semi-competent sales team, your customers are pretty much aware of what it is that you're doing, and you can inform them … Continue reading Trade Shows in China
Corruption. It’s a hell of a word, bringing up images of autocrats screwing over their populations, or 1%ers accepting payments in order to assure that they stay rich. And, with the nonsense going on in the States, it’s pretty much front-of-mind for everyone. I previously discussed the way that Japanese marketing companies and TV … Continue reading Corruption in Asia
Japan is a strange place, especially when it comes to doing business. On the surface, it looks like an easy place to do business. The restrictions from the government around setting up a company and getting a visa have been loosened. If you’re trading something that can’t be bought or manufactured in Japan, then you’ll usually … Continue reading The curious case of Nisshinbo.