It’s a bittersweet victory as I reach the end of my internship with Sony and thus complete this chapter of my Japan adventure.
I’ve really enjoyed my time here thoroughly though its gone entirely too fast; and while I’m eager to get home and see friends and family I’ve barely been able to keep in touch with, at the same time, I fully expect to experience the reverse culture shock that comes with returning to your home country after spending more than a year abroad. I’ll be holed up in Toronto for the first few weeks at least, to help me transition from big city life of Tokyo back to the quiet (yet drunken & rowdy some weekends) east coast lifestyle.
I’m happy to be on my way back to Canada, however I do have a sense of remorse or a slight feeling of leaving something behind unfulfilled. I feel like I’ll be back to Japan in the not too distant future, especially to pursue a business idea I have related to my thesis.
I’ve made some great friends and lasting memories here, so I’d like to thank IUJ, Niigata and the country of Japan! So to everyone I say not sayonara, just see you later!
UPDATE: The whole amazing journey was documented via Kodak Galleries (a painfully Web1.0 Photo Sharing tool) in full detail and sent around to several of my closest contacts (the level of detail added I’m sure was both interesting and annoying by times). You can see an archive here but sadly Kodak Galleries removed my photo albums because I wouldn’t buy print copies of them. At least I could export to Multiply in time.
Bryan’s Japan Adventure
- Sony Music Japan hacked (ubergizmo.com)
- Data stolen from Sony Canadian unit (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Sony’s horrible year is not over yet (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Sony Leads Japan Inc. Eyeing Deals With $2.4 Trillion: Real M&A (businessweek.com)
- Sony Corp. Braced For Billions In Losses (npr.org)
- New role for robots in Japan (search.japantimes.co.jp)
BC$ = Behavior, Content, Money
The goal of the BC$ project is to raise awareness and make changes with respect to the three pillars of information freedom - Behavior (pursuit of interests and passions), Content (sharing/exchanging ideas in various formats), Money (fairness and accessibility) - bringing to light the fact that:
1. We regularly hand over our browser histories, search histories and daily online activities to companies that want our money, or, to benefit from our use of their services with lucrative ad deals or sales of personal information.
2. We create and/or consume interesting content on their services, but we aren't adequately rewarded for our creative efforts or loyalty.
3. We pay money to be connected online (and possibly also over mobile), yet we lose both time and money by allowing companies to market to us with unsolicited advertisements, irrelevant product offers and unfairly structured service pricing plans.