So i’m over in tokyo for a quick visit and had a blast looking at toys in this toy store that absolutely blows away anything in the US. the density of toys, in a 6 floor structure, was astounding. They had an entire section on Ultraman, which the kids are really into even though they have yet to see an episode. Ultraman is a 30 year old tv show from japan with guys in rubber suits fighting monsters (godzilla style). The show is rigorously formulaic (each episode follows a rigid strucutre of acts 1-3 with a very consistent ending: ultraman fitghts monster, ultraman starts to loose and his light flashes on his chest, ultraman whips out his power energy move and kills monster…). It’s just like when the kids started loving spiderman, months ahead of ever seeing spiderman images… something about these toys/concepts is certainly very deep in our consciousness… in the same way that Cristina, Roberto, and myself are all hooked on Heroes tv show–the superhero fantasy is powerful.
At the airport coming home I took some time to play with some of my technology from work–put this video up directly on my blog using "silverlight" technology… to see it you’ll need to install Silverlight on your computer first (click here) but once installed it will work forever and I’ll be putting up more videos periodically. You can of course also just see the videos on our phanfare site.
In other news today… we have lease worked out and should be moving into our new place next Saturday the 8th of oct.