Japan!

Can’t even see where the city ends. Photo by D. Ramos

Last month I took a vacation to Japan but my mind couldn’t stop enjoying and analyzing how everything is efficient. From the train stations to the restaurants, it’s amazing to be reminded what’s possible.

There’s a balance of system and culture all throughout Japan. In this photo, my wife and I are waiting our turn to take a picture with the famous torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine. Balancing tourist, locals, and even a wedding it seems like everyone has a chance to have an experience. Photo by D. Ramos

I really appreciated all the little notes and signs used to inform and make sure everyone is aware of their surroundings. Not only are people informed, but there’s some practicality to it. Check out the bar code below:

It’s all in the detail. There’s function and a little bit of fun when it comes to how bar codes are printed on this bottle of Orangina manufactured in Japan. Photo by D. Ramos

Data/Information is all around us. Its pushing for actions to be made. Take the example below:

One of the most efficient ways to order Ramen in Japan. You even get your own water to refill your cup. Photo by D. Ramos

Are you doing any summer traveling? Have you been anywhere else but the place you reside? Do you find some things done differently that you think is impossible to implement where you call home? Let’s talk story. Holler @ me.

Full Circle

Last weekend I volunteered at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina through HIHO and Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV). This was an experience. The 80 or so volunteers gathered in a grass area and naturally put ourselves in a circle without any kind of instruction. I’m lucky to have this experience, meet all the wonderful stewards, and build/learn/share knowledge. Photo by R. Jeung.

This is my 52nd post. Meaning I reached my goal of blogging weekly for a year.

Like the metric of talking to 100 people a week, blogging was an exercise for me to share my perspectives and also keep log of all the ideas and projects I’m actively pursuing.

So what does this mean for you as my audience? Well, I’m planning to shake things up a bit. This year I’m planning to blog a lot more sporadically and naturally.

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