Google Chrome Japan
Its been a year since Google's Chrome browser launched in Japan and I was invited along to the birthday party in Aoyama yesterday to celebrate with a load of industry folks including Good Smile Company, Sega and TBS (K-ON).
Here with the big boss of Good Smile Company - Aki-san. And what is Good Smile doing at a Google event?
Google first met up with Good Smile Company at Tokyo CGM Night 1 and have been doing great things together ever since. They previously worked on the Google Android and today the Good Smile Company theme for Google Chrome was announced.
The Good Smile Company theme is part of the Artist Themes project where artists and license holders get their very own Google Chrome theme.
Secret tip: The Mac version of Chrome is not officially released but if you use the developer build of Chrome Mac then you can use the themes.
Once you have downloaded Chrome, go to the Themes page and just click to install - completely painless.
The background of the GSC theme looks like this.
And they have a K-On! Theme too. Video below introduces the Artist Themes.
At the entrance with the Google Girls.
Event hall slowly starts to fill up.
Decide to help out the Google Girls rather than just stand there looking like a wally.
Google Chrome drinks that will turn your pee purple.
Extremely healthy looking Chrome cake.
They had tables full O Chrome colored food.
More Chrome food stuffs.
There is a Tenori-On Chrome theme too. Tenori-On is a device invented by Yamaha which lights up and pusates to the touch. It plays music and games - video below may (?) give you a better idea of what it is.
Toei animation have their own Chrome theme too.
Some Toei cute character goods.
Folks waiting to be branded with a Chrome tatoo.
My man John Fu at who manages marketing at Google.
John previously lived in the US and had the opportunity to spend a few years in Japan. Before he came over, he googled some living-in-japan terms and came across dannychoo.com.
John contacted me shortly after he arrived and have been good comrades ever since.
Apart from John, there have been folks at Disney Japan, Apple and many other companies who have contacted me just after relocating to Japan upon discovering dannychoo.com through a search.
If you are somebody who is thinking of or already has relocated to Japan then get in touch and we'll hook up if I'm not being swarmed by killer camels.
John with the Chrome logo.
Cute girl spotted - who I just happen to have already met at the Good Design Expo press event ^^;
Another Google Girl.
One of the rooms had a load of presentations going on filled with press and industry folks.
Would probably make a good venue for Tokyo CGM Night.
Ion canon control.
Hatsune Miku poster in the Good Smile corner.
Sergent Akiyama setting up figures.
Time for John to hit the podium.
Nendoroid Saber Lily is so cute!
Mostly Nendoroids and Miku stuff on display.
I will be bringing Good Smile Company with me to AFA 09 in Singapore and will set up some figures for you to look at including the Mirai Figma in the area that has been allocated to me.
Very sweet. Have you got hold of yours yet?
Time for all artists to get up on front.
A load of networking going on tonight.
Akiyama-san is in charge of the Figma Mirai project.
Aki-san and Akiyama-san take their turns with the Chrome thingy.
As with most networking events in Tokyo, there is the paper, scissors and stone battle otherwise known as "Junken."
Me not good at these at all and hardly ever win anything. Know folks who win all the time though.
Finishing speech and then its time to head out to do some filming.
As always, armor is jettisoned at the entrance and left there until the morning.
And a peek at whats lying around on the desk from the Chrome party.
This is a Hatsune Miku x GSC x Google strap - only a few hundred were made.
And yes - I got a bunch just for dannychoo.com readers - will announce giveaways soon.
This is Aki-sans new business card! Must be a pain to carry around a bunch of these though ^^;
And this is what it looks like on the back.
Our Google Chrome passes for the night.
And a bunch of business cards to get through - luckily its a public holiday on Monday which will give me time to catch up while most businesses take time off.
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