AsiaD Adventures, Japan Edition: Walt and Kara Visit Digital Tokyo! (Video)
On our weeklong trip to Asia in preparation for our upcoming AsiaD conference in the fall — including a stop in South Korea earlier in the week — Walt Mossberg and I have spent the last few days in Tokyo.
That’s because while AsiaD will have a Chinese flavor — by virtue of its location in Hong Kong and given how increasingly important China is in the digital arena — we also want to make sure that the focus is pan-Asian.
Of course, Japan has always been one of the key centers of the digital world, especially in the area of consumer electronics, so it was interesting to see what it has been up to.
While here, we visited gaming firms such as Nexon (Korean-born, but HQed here) and Gree; met execs from companies such as Mixi, Japan’s largest social networking site (and not Facebook, which is still small here); and visited the big behemoths like Sony (which is up to some very innovative things, from what we saw this week, including the dorktastic head-mounted video device I am wearing above).
We also went to see what’s up with smartphones and other gadgets in the Akihabara area — often referred to as “Electric Town” — of this bustling city, which is one of my favorites in the world.
That’s why Tokyo’s digital companies will be a big part of AsiaD. We’ll soon be announcing even more speakers for the event, which takes place in Hong Kong Oct. 19-21.
Until then, here’s my video of our tour, which includes a look at the latest in rice cooking technology (you’d be surprised!):
And here is a video from a breakfast talk Walt and I did there: