All things about the media, marketing, business, Japan and other musings by Mike in Tokyo Rogers.
Moral Support to Earthquake Blogger! Yeah!
I got a great email from my friend "Peter" about my blog. Peter is a very cool dude and knows his stuff. "Peter" is a Japanese.
Hope you, your family, everyone you care are fine! FULL RESPECT to your blog !!
I'm getting sick and tired of fear-mongering TV news, blogs, and rumors surrounding us. WHILE the victims of tsunami and earthquake are suffering. Lucky that we have home and shelter. And this is what we need, as long as our loved ones are fine. Getting really pissed (off) to see people exaggerating the facts, and simply amplifying the rumors.
What we can do is, (as you are fully doing it), be calm, relaxed, and show respect by being "normal".
Mike, I had to mail you and thank you for the blog entries...
Full respect to you!
I am so pleased to get your mail. So pleased, in fact, that I thought I'd have my wife take my picture with my 'baby' for posterities sake. Here's a picture of me and 'my blogging partner.'
I used to have a regular PC but my wife - who is much smarter than me about these sorts of things - said to me, "For business in Japan, you need to have a computer that says, 'I am an expert' so she demanded that I trade in my dinosaur Windows clunker for a 'Ferrari' Macbook Pro." I resisted at first, but you know what? She was right.
With my old computer no one ever said, "Wow! How is it?" But with this baby, I've been asked that many times.
When you pull out a computer like this it says, "I am a computer expert; I am serious; I am a pro; I know what I am talking about; you need me and I deserve to be paid well!"
Now, if I could just get this thing to toast bread and make coffee in the mornings, I wouldn't need her! ... Er, of course I merely jest.....
I found a most wonderful place to take the kids for a day out in the sun and for some great excitement, fun, sports and adventure. It is called Heiwa no Mori Koen Field Athletic Course (平和の森公園フィールドアスレチックコース) and it's about a ten minute walk from Keihin Kyuko Heiwajima station or a ten minute bus ride from JR Omori station.
The Heiwa no Mori Koen Field Athletic Course is an obstacle course for kids. The entire course, from start to finish has 40 obstacles that the kids have to challenge. There's climbing giant rope and wood jungle gym types of structures to climbing over walls using ropes to jungle bars and rowing across ponds full of deadly piranhas (oh, and I'm kidding about the piranhas part). You and your child could have a wonderful time at this fun park.
I'd say that it is best for children between the ages of 6 to 12 but younger ages will also have a blast at this park as mom and dad can help them out with the obstacles that are too scary!
I got together with my friend, Satoshi Miyaki and, unbeknownst to him, I've come up with a list of Japanese Girl Rock Bands that matter in 2017.... Satoshi, who just likes cool music because, well, just because that's what he does, has selected a bunch of these groups (Thanks Satoshi san!)... I have also added a few of my own. This isn't the complete list. This is just Japanese girl bands - with girl members only - who are performing gigs now.... If I miss your band from the list, send me an email as I am going to make another list a little later.
Also, these are all female only bands. There's lots of cool bands in Japan but if we start making exceptions and adding bands that have guys and girls, we'd be here forever. Also, these are bands that I think (from my most probably confused viewpoint) that a foreign audience might like. Also, there is no particular order to this list excepting the first two. I think not putting Shonen Knife at the top of the list along wit…
Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers' Top 50 Best Songs of 2016 マイク・ロジャースの2016年のトップ５０曲（１から５０の順番リスト！）
These are my favorite songs and/or something from my favorite artists of the year. These are just my favorite 50 as I placed on the weekly Top 3 Video Countdown (http://robot55.jp/?s=top+3). There are also 5 songs included this year from the Cool & Strange Music Countdown too! (http://robot55.jp/?s=cool+%26+strange+music) Now, some of these songs were not released in 2016... But so what? I play alternative and underground stuff so this year was the first time I had heard them and it's my countdown, so there! Also, these songs were chosen by my iTunes software as the Top 50 songs I played from October, 1 2015 until December 20, 2016 (Plus some late entries and other stuff that tickles my fancy!).... I have placed videos with the songs whenever and where ever possible. #1) Ginger Wildheart - Do You?The real story here in 2016 was Ginger Wildheart. Not only did he tour Japan but his music was…