Making Koya Bound

Craig recently shared a new essay that talks about the process he went through in putting out Koya Bound — as with all of his essays, it’s as informative as it is entertaining to read. I’d also point you to the latest edition of his Roden Explorers newsletter, in which he describes in detail what he experienced during a meditation retreat he attended earlier this year.

20 PechaKucha Achievements from 2016

It’s become a tradition that at the start of every year, PechaKucha HQ sends out a massive newsletter looking back at the previous year and highlighting 20 achievements — I used to put these together along with the rest of the team. This year’s edition — which you can read online here — is a fantastic list of 20 things that PechaKucha was involved in, that helped make the world a better place. Very proud of my old PechaKucha family on this one.

What Comes After Ametora?

As he highlights in his latest “Ametora Dispatches” newsletter, it’s been a year since the release of David’s Ametora, and it’s great to hear that he’s already focusing on the next book he will write. Even better, we’ll get to ride along — and offer feedback — as he writes it.

Starting in January, I am going to hunker down to focus on writing a new book — which at the moment will be not about Japan but a guide to the mechanics of cultural change. I wrote Ametora semi-secretly for about two years (i.e. I did not post excerpts), but for this next book, I would like to share the content in real time to get immediate critique and feedback. I will need your help.

I’m very excited to hear more about this.

Ametora Extended

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This post serves as a reminder that W. David Marx has continued to support his fantastic book, Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, since release through the Ametora Dispatches monthly newsletter — with each missive including an essay and links of interest — as well as footnotes to the book, that he posts on Medium (here are the footnotes for Chapter 4, and you’ll find the rest in the “Ametora Extended” collection). The Japanese edition of the book (out in July of next year) now has a page on Amazon Japan, and a monthly serialization in Popeye magazine is starting in this month’s issue (September 2016).