I know I promised that my next work of art would be a podcast. Hey, I lied. I can’t help it — videos are just so frikkin’ easy to make! Post-production is simply connecting the Clie to my PC via USB and doing a cut & past job in QuickTime Pro. I save it as a self-contained hinted movie with MP4 video and audio encoding.
Well, I was in Shibuya a few nights ago after work to buy a wide angle lens so I can shoot panoramas. I didn’t have my mics, but I did have my Sony Clie PEG-NX70V, which as you can see I’m really starting to enjoy using as a video camera. Even with plenty of other data on the 128MB Memory Stick (text articles off the web, e-books, WAV files from the voice recorder, Atok for handwriting recognition in Japanese, etc.) I still have enough room for about 40 minutes of video. Granted, it’s only 160 X 112 pixels big, but it doesn’t look bad at all when viewed at double size, does it?
So I decided to do a wee little videocast of a Japanese style fast food restaurant. This is really mundane stuff to me, but I know there will be lots of people diggin’ it because it’s different and it’s a glimpse into the daily life here. I like that I can whip out my mics or camera practically anywhere and just start talking. It took a while to build up the guts, but I’m completely over the self-consciousness now!
OK, the next one will be a podcast, I promise.
VIDEO (10.3 MB)
I have to make this quick because I’m meeting the family at Tokyo Disneyland today. I filmed my commute to work yesterday. The file isn’t any bigger than any of the MP3’s I’ve posted.
Would you like to see more of these? Yes? No?
Also, I’d really like to be able to call Herro Flom Japan an “Award-Winning Podcast.” Could you please nominate me for a People’s Choice award in the soundseeing category? I’ll mention it on my next podcast too.
If the lack of commentary in The Frogcast made you pine for the velvety smoothness of my voice, you’re going to love this episode. It’s blabberific! (TM) And every time I say “um” you have to take a drink. (Or come to think of it, maybe I should take a drink.)
- My toy collection:
- Otofuke’s website
- Listen to more of their songs
- Photos from their street performance in NYC
- Photos of them performing on the east side of Shinjuku Station (The side Kabukicho is on.)
- If you like playing with digital photography, definitely check out AutoStitch. I have a gallery of images I made last night and today.
- Ani-Zoo (Pronounced “Zoe”)
- His official, under construction website
- Page with a photo of him
- I forgot to take a photo of the place where I saw him perform. So sue me.
- Learn all about Golden Week just like I did. Until now I never bothered.
- If you were to download my humble carp streamer photo and use it for your desktop wallpaper, I would be most honored.
- The sad sad Planet’s website
Bah. I didn’t realize I recorded in mono until I got home. Sorry for all the wind noise. Need to do something about that. I should try to make shorter podcasts from now on.
- Photos I took during the podcast
- Photos of Akihabara on flickr.com
- Laox home page. Pretty typical-looking site for an electronics store in Japan. (Butt ugly.)
- The lapel mic I used. Model AT9830. (Interestingly enough, there’s a Russian model AT9830 too. She looks like the Grinch in a blond wig.)
- I mentioned Kappabashi, a neighborhood of Tokyo with stores that sell restaurant supplies, including plastic food.
My first podcast! What an ordeal it is to put one of these things together, but the most fun I’ve had by myself in a long time. Guzzling red wine probably helped.
Intro: Guano Apes
See the photo gallery! If there’s nothing there, I fell asleep before I got a chance to upload photos. Check back later. I’ll get them up, promise.
The JET Program
Masagoro’s home page. In addition to being an accomplished artist, fluent in baby talk in two languages and performing original songs on toy piano outside the Shibuya station, a Google search reveals that she’s also a published poet.