"Japan, after all, continues to head the global league table of granted patents, beating even the US, though it trails in Nobel prizes and academic citations, suggesting that perhaps that more of its innovations are incremental improvements rather than revolutionary breakthroughs."
— David Pilling, Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival

Almost entirely! There was only one sentence in English. Everyday I make the push to expand my use of the language. The email was sent to a Japanese contact that I met in Singapore, when I expressed to him that it would be nice to keep in touch. Phone numbers change, social media profiles get deleted, but emails on the other hand typically stay the same and usually go the distance. I set the tone writing the subject line in Japanese. It was awesome to get a response completely in Japanese, but what was cooler is that I was able to read nearly all of it.


これは私の会社です。凄いですね。これは私はどこに仕事です。この本(Bending Adversity)は素晴らしですね。私は本が好きな。

"Japan believes that their society is so different that they can adjust to anything and preserve their national essence. Therefore the Japanese are capable of sudden explosive changes. They went from feudalism to emperor worship in two to three years. They went from emperor worship to democracy in three months."
— Henry Kissinger, Former US Secretary of State



Today is not only mine, but Nelson’s Mandela’s Birthday. Today he would have been 96 years old. Therefore, today and every single July 18th following today will forever be known and celebrated as Mandela Day.

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"Kyoto can be a closed, stand-offish city. It is to Japan what Japan is to the rest of the world. It’s residents speak their own dialect, and many regard their culture as purer than that of other parts of the county."
— David Pilling, Bending Adversity: Japan And The Art of Survival

Skype is not free, you have to have a computer! Claims my Grandfather

I made a rather unique mistake last Friday when I posted a photograph of my Grandfather on Instagram. I said he earned a Ph.d. in Economics from Oxford University when in fact he received that very same degree from University of Cambridge. Both institutions are cut from the same cloth in it that they are pretty much neck in neck in terms of prestige. I also claimed that he used to work at the IMF. Once again, an ironic and incorrect presentation of the facts. Rather he served at its sister organization across the street, The World Bank Group.

I rarely get to see him, so this past weekend was truly special. This also marks the first time that I have been able to speak to him at length as someone that understands micro and macroeconomic principles. For that reason I asked him every question I had under the sun such as, "Why does Japan feel like an expensive place to live/visit despite 15 years of deflationary pressure and a Yen that has depreciate in value" and "How has the English Sterling Pound retained such a high value over all of these year".

I’s sad to see him go, but I plan to visit him next time I get across the pound. By the way, that photo of the 50 Quid posted above, is what he gave to me after I cut his hair. All I gave him was a clean shave. You think I over charged him? All the best Gramps! さよならお祖父さん!


A view of the stadium which hosted the #worldcup final yesterday. See you soon Rio 2016 #olympics


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  1. Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/400th
  4. Focal Length: 25mm