Though my main accomplishment for the month of August was just surviving in disgustingly hot and humid Tokyo, I did actually manage to work on some creative stuff. A brief rundown:
I released my long-incubating short documentary, Tokyo Quake Story. I’ve already blogged about this, so I’ll just add: thanks again to everyone who’s weighed in so far with your comments, retweets, etc. And please check it out if you haven’t already!
Last year Slovenian hip-hop master-bro N’toko and I collaborated on a music video for his song “Superhuman.” We had enough fun that we decided to do it again this year, coinciding nicely with the release of his new EP, Fight Like A Girl.
This year’s process was much different than last year’s – we kind of made up the thing as we went along, adding scenes and concepts on the fly – even now, it’s not quite clear what it’s going to be. I’ve never worked like that before, and it was really exciting. There’s a bit more additional shooting to done, then we’ll dive into editing and see what comes out.
Finally, Otaku USA Magazine, who I’ve been writing for a couple years now, have launched a new email newsletter with direct-from-Japan interviews, event reports, news, etc. As I’m their Man in Japan, I’m at the helm of this thing, delivering a couple decent-sized features plus a few short pieces every two weeks. We’ve released two issues so far, both of which I’m quite pleased with. You can subscribe here, or if you’re not into getting any more automated emails than you already do (though I promise this one is worth it!), stories will appear on the main site a couple weeks later.
I’m always on the hunt for new geek-related stuff going on around town to report on, so if you know of anything, do let a brother know.