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Saturday, December 20, 2008

"FREE" 12000 YEN to ALL Registered Foreigners in Japan

UPDATE (March 5, 2009)
How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount

From today's Mainichi Daily News and NHK 7pm News

ALL Registered Foreigners in Japan WILL be eligible to receive Teigaku-Kyufu-Kin(定額給付金) based on their status on Feb 1, 2009.

This is Japanese version of Economic Stimulus Rebate (in the US).

It sounds good to be true, but yes, the following people will receive 12,000 yen with no question as the part of Japanese government's economic stimulus plans.

The people who are eligible of receiving 12,000 yen are
  1. All Japanese citizen who have registered address in Japan
  2. All Permanent Residents who live in Japan
  3. All Foreigners who hold valid Alien Registeration Card (外国人登録証)
So the people who are staying illegally or short-term are NOT eligible.

Also the following eligible people will receive additional 8,000 yen
  1. The people who are 65 years old and older
  2. The people who are 18 years and younger

The government is still debating how to distribute money. So they haven't made the decision how and when to distribute money yet. So I'll try to post the latest update once I find out. It's a usual slow Japanese government, but they are trying to move fast.

But this is what they decide.

They will decide the eligibility
Feb, 1, 2009
  1. The money will be sent to the address on the record on Feb 1, 2009
  2. The person's age will be determined on Feb 1, 2009
For exmaple,
  • If you are 64 years old on Feb, 1, 2009, you won't receive additional 8,000 yen
  • If your birthday is Feb 1, 1990, you WILL NOT receive additional 8,000 yen
  • The babies who will be born on Feb 1, 2009 WILL BE eligible for 20,000 yen
  • The babies who will be born AFTER Feb 1, 2009 receive NO MONEY AT ALL.

So my understanding...

In order for the foreign aliens in Japan to receive 12,000 yen (or 20,000 yen)
  1. You must have valid Alien Registration Card on Feb 1, 2009
  2. The money will be sent to the address on the record on Feb 1, 2009

So if you don't really care about 12,000 yen, and then you don't really care..

Mainichi Daily News (Japanese)


UPDATE (March 5, 2009)
How to Claim your 12,000 yen and Highway Holiday Discount


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

JAMES TORME ::: New Year's Eve Show @ Harvelle's


This New Year's Eve, join James Tormé
and his award-winning Trio
for a night of jazz, blues and r&b

at the legendary Harvelle's in Santa Monica

Dance the night away to a scorching mix of jazz, blues and R&B!

Tickets are selling fast. Go to to puchase tickets now and guarantee your attendance to the coolest New Year's Party in Los Angeles.

James Tormé (vox), Ryan Cross (bass), Brandon Coleman (keys), Gene Coye (drums) and special guests

What: Jazz, Blues, R&B New Year's Eve Bash

When: 9:30 pm, December 31st, 2008

Cost: $30 per ticket (includes champagne toast at midnight, party favors); $50 at the door if tickets remain

purchase tickets here at To reserve a table email

Where: Harvelle's, 1432 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-395-1676

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Japanese Samurai Underwear "Kacchu Panstu"

Copyright (c) 2008 Rogin, Inc.

A Japanese Apparel, Rogin, announced Samurai-style underwear.

Rogin - English Blog

Rogin - Company site in Japanese

Photo - Tokugawa Ieyasu Model - CNet Japan

Photo - Date Masamune Model - CNet Japan

Photo - The Armor that is based on Date Masamune Underwear

TV Tokyo's Business News program E Morning (*)  had an interview of Shiro Nogi, the CEO of Rogin, Inc.

*Earlier post, I wrote "World Business Satellite" but I was wrong. I apologize for the mistake.

According to Mr. Nogi, he released this underwear for the men who are going to have some "fights" ahead, such as job interview or company presentation.... not really for the men who wants to get girls' heart.

The pricing of these underwear pants are ranging around 8,800 yen (approx US$80).

*Rogin, Inc. emailed me that they reduced the price to 8,800 yen

These underwear are made of medical bandage. So it will fit nice and smooth to your skin.

Each model has the armorial insignia (house symbol) of famous samurai families such as Tokugawa, Date, or Nobunaga families. 

The designer Yuri Otomo went to a several museums to research the characteristics of each family's armor design, and took them into the texture of each design.

This may be expensive for the daily uses. But if this is for the "fight" to win some company bids or sales calls, maybe it's worth it?

This is a scam?

These are some of emails that my clients received.

THESE ARE 100% SCAMS(Confirmed with other posts on 12/8/2008)

They are kinda legit since they will register your domain name and trademark for you in China.

But I don't think they received the "application" and there is no laws that they have to ask for the approval to wait for the registration.

More likely, some user searched the domain name using their domain search engine, and the employee picked and choose those names and find out your company.

So this is kinda scam.... but I saw some of my clients' potential domains were already bought and became "for sale," so you actually have a risk that your domain name would be sold to somebody else....

So I think it's not really a 100% scam... I think.... what do you think?

But some of my clients could register  "" and ".cn" domains by themselves using their own registrant.

If you are planning to expand your business to China and received these emails,  try to register your ".cn" domain by yourself using your own domain registrant. Most of the major US domain registrant services does offer the registration services for ".cn" domains ranging from US$25-35/year.

And if you are not able to register these .cn domain and domains.... your desired domain name might have become one of those "for-sale" domains.

I actually had a courage to contact them for fun. Their pricing was about US$35-40 per year which is pretty much legit price as of winter 2008.

But when I searched on the web, I found that some people were asked to pay $160-200/year.

And if you ever contact them back, and those company may likely to purchase the domains right away, and you only have a choice to buy the domain from them... so be careful.

Well, let me know if you ever tried.

I think this is scam, but in a way, everybody does this anyway regardless you are Chinese or not....

So it's not 100% scam in a way... I think...

Here are the sample emails that my clients received.

Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 8:45 PM
To: info
Subject: Company registration notice

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are Hong Kong Network service Company Limited, a domain name registration center in Asia.

Yesterday we received an application from another company for the domain names “**********” , but later we found your company is their original owner and this may involve your company name or trademark and this may cause confusion between your products and others’ , and bring about negative effect on your company.Therefore we decided to inform you of this and check out your attitude toward this matter. We would appreciate if you can spare some precious time to settle this issue.

Thank you for your cooperation and looking forwards to your early reply.

Best Regards,
***** *****

Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited
Address: 19/F., First Block, New World Bldg.,
No.18 Quen Middle Road,
Hong Kong
Tel: +852-31757931 (ext****)
Fax: +852- 31757932
Email: ****


August 11, 2008
************* Domain name & Internet keyword

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited which is the domain name register center in Asia. We received a formal application from a company who is applying to register “**********” as their domain name and Internet keyword on August 4, 2008.Since after our investigation we found that this word has been in use by your company, and this may involve your company name or trade mark, so we inform you in no time. If you consider these domain names and internet keyword are important to you and it is necessary to protect them by registering them first, contact us soon. Thanks for your co-operation and support.
Kind Regards,

****** *****

Tel: +852-31757930-8026
Fax: +852-31757932
Email: *****
Hong Kong Network Service Company Limited

Subject: About your domain name and trademark and internet brand
From:  *****
Date: August 10, 2008 11:57:28 PM PDT

Dear manager:

We are Century Net Group Stocks Limited in China, which is a domain registration agent authorised by Chinese Industrial and Commercial Department.We professionally engage in chinese and international domain names registration as well as trademark registration service.We also offer English and Chinese web design.

we received an application from a chinese company asking to register "*********" as their internet keyword and domain name and trademark.However,We find that it will conflict with your trademark via our confirmation.It is our duty to inform you of this issue according to the regulations of CNNIC.

You are the owner of this trademark,so you have the preferential right to register and protect it by yourself.Of course,if you do not have any disagreement on this issue or you intend to give up the registration,any individual has the right to register those domains and internet keyword,which is legal.Then we will take the formal registration for that applicant.If you oppose other company to register your trademark and domains and internet keyword,even you want to protect your trademark completely,please contact us asap.We will protect your domains firstly.

Looking forward to your reply.
sincerely yours,

Registration Dept
Century Net Group Stock Limited
Tel:+(0086) 755 28581848、28243058
Fax:+(0086) 755 28243958

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another Funny Sign in Japan - Nob Beauty Clinic

You know... Internet is very popular in Japan.

Almost all Japanese people are accessing to Internet via their cell phones over 10 years.

I went to Osaka earlier this month to attend Open Source Forum.

On the way to the forum, waiting for subway, I spotted this sign.

Pay close attention to their contact information.

I had to google about 10 minutes trying to find the actual web site of this clinic.

I'm not going to disclose the actual URL of this web site. Try finding one!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Airbag made for human

From TV Tokoy's World Business Satellite News, a Japanese safety and medical company developed a airbag for human.

© 2008 Prop  - 株式会社プロップ - All Rights Reserved
(The images were taken from company's web site - 画像は会社ホームページより)

Safety Life Jacket "Itsumo (Always)" (product page in Japanese)

The device was co-developed by Prop, Chiba University and Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, and sold by Prop, KK.

They designed this device for the elderly or the people who works on high places.

The device is equipped with acceleration sensor and angular velocity sensor which is similar to iPhone. If those sensor detects the fall, the it ignites the airbag on your back, and absorb the shock

Only the downside is... it doesn't look good. And it's expensive.

It costs 138,000 yen (approx. US$1300) to buy, and it'll cost 40,000 yen (approx US$380) to exchange the airbag if used.

Yeah, it's very expensive.... but good idea though.

The company plans to sell this device in the US market.


Wasabi Silent Fire Alarm developed by a Japanese Venture

BBC, Nikkei Business Daily and "Gaiya no Yoake" (TV Tokyo's Business TV Program) reported the invention of a wasabi fire alarm for deaf people.

This device is developed by Seems, Inc., a Japanese venture.

The CEO, Naoki Urushibata, began this scent business because of his older sister's unfortunate death of cancer.

He realized that his sister's body odor started changing as her disease progressed.

So he started his company, Seems, Inc., hoping that the technology could discover the cancer in the early stage by diagnosing the "cancer smell" of a patient.

Now, Seems, Inc. developed the new technology, a Wasabi Fire alarm.

The device blast out the strong smell of Wasabi to waken the deaf people in case of fire.

TV Tokyo's "Gaiya no yoake" (Sunrise of Gaia) broadcasted the interview of a deaf person who was refused to book a hotel. The hotel was afraid of failing to notify the deaf quickly in case of fire.

According to the one test, the deaf person was able to wake up within 20 seconds after the wasabi scent blasting out from the device.

Seems, Inc. is hoping to sell this devices to hotels, other commercial building and eventually to houses.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

The first Indonesian hit film?

This reminds me of "Falan", the Iranian film.

Anyway, I just wanted to post this as a note.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

MacBook Pro

I think I need to buy a new MacBook Pro.

I think I know why I was born in this world.

I think I exist to buy this new MacBook Pro.

FYI, I'm not really a Mac Addict.

I also owns ThinkPad, and two desktop PCs.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Japan Business Federation said "Japan needs immmigrants"

According to Mainichi Daily Newspaper, Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) suggested Japanese government to start easing up the barrier of permanent immigrant policy to prevent from the further population decrease (the decrease of workforce in Japan).

The Japan economy is suffering from the lack of workers due to the very low birth rate in Japan.

Lately, Japan started accepting Indonesian nurses. Also they have been doing "trainee" programs.

But these programs were limited to the temporary workers.

Now, the Japan's biggest business leaders are suggesting pernament immigrants.

Keidanren suggests Permanent Immigrants for Japan's population issue - 経団連:移民受け入れ提言…人口減対策 定住前提に

For your information, Nippon Keidanren is Japan's biggest business leader's organization which former leaders include Toyoyta, and Sony's former CEOs.

When I came back to Japan last year from LA. I was very surprised that Japan starts accepting more foreign workers.

I think the USA may be the most "closed" country in the world.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Spanish tourist dived into Tokyo's Imperial Moat NAKED

According to a various news sources,  at around noon today, a Spanish tourist dived into Tokyo's Imperial Moat NAKED.

And then, he was arrested right before 1pm.

According to some sources, he and his friend(?) came to Koban (police box) because his friend lost his bag under the moat.

And, all of sudden, the guy stripped off his clothes and dived into the moat.

Surprised local police started chasing after him, called for backups (a lot) and arrested him.

Mainichi News (Japanese)

I don't know if he was drunk or not... but I happened to watch the news coverage video from NTV.

Yeah, he was naked. But also the local police men looked like they were trying to catch a monkey.

They (Japanese police) definitely need to establish translation system. Like carrying a cell phone with a big speaker, so that the translator can persuade the suspect on the way to the scene.


What don't you understand about Japanese women (and men)?

Well, not a long ago, I was asked by one of my Japanese female friends that she was getting annoyed by foreigner who's being asking her out.

Even though she kept telling the guy that she had a boyfriend.

The guy kept insisting asking her out via phone, chat and emails.

She thought that it would be nice to be friend with him.

Anyway, I decided to conduct a series of surveys.

I'm currently asking Japanese women how they are saying "no" to foreigners.

But it's also interesting to ask the opposite side.

Have you ever had hard time asking a Japanese girl out (men also)?

Have you ever had a

Thing that you don't understand about Japanese women (and men)?

Anyway, please send me your comments by October 12th. And I'll post the result by Oct 19th along with the result of my other survey.

You can submit your comment anonymously, or leave a comment on this post

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Japanese "Costume Play" invaded family photo industry

An Japanese photographer, Masashi Asada published this photo book called "Asada-ke" (Asada Family).

This photo book only has the family pictures of Asada Family.

This sounds boring, but what makes it very interesting is that he does "simulation" family photo.

For example, he made his family wore construction workers uniform, and took a picture at the construction site.

He even made his own family look like rubbery, and took a picture looked like a family is picking up the lock of a house.

This idea came from his assignment at photography school in Osaka in early 2000s.

Asada's mother works as a nurse at the local hospital.

When his father injured at home, his older broher fell down the staires when he tried to helped Father. And his sister fell from motorcycle on the way to the hospital.

So his entire family got injured in one day.

Asada wanted to re-create this incident and took as a "family" photo for his photography school assignment.

The photo turned out to be very funny and interesting. And eventually he published this photo book, "Asada-ke"

I think Japanese "Costume Play" invaded family photo industry.

Now Asada is looking for families to take this kind of family photo for free as a part of his next book.


Asada is also from same region, Mie prefcture where I am from as well.

The original story was from a Japanese Fuji TV show "Tokudane" on Oct 6, 2008


Asada Family's Blog (Personal blog of Masashi Asada - Japanese Only)


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Saw two real gold medals

Last Wednesday, I happened to have dinner with Tomoya Ito, two-times gold medalist at Beijing Paralympic.

And I happen to manage his web site.

And we happened to have dinner at the Chanko-nabe restaurant which I made web site.

Chanko-nabe is a kind of hot pot food originally invented for Sumo Wreslers.

Anyway, I was able to see and touch the Gold Medals...


Today, he's going to compete half marathon. So I'm going to cheer him up.


Tomota Ito Official Web Site

Chanko Dining Fujiyama


Friday, October 3, 2008

James Tormé, John Atkins Explore Aspects of ‘The Male Vocalist’ at Clazzical Notes, Oct. 20

PRESS RELEASE For immediate publication or broadcast before Oct. 20 (Calendar listing follows main release)

Pasadena, CA – Singers James Tormé and John Atkins will present their unique perspectives on “The Male Vocalist” at the next Clazzical Notes performance, Monday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m. at Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium, 325 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106. Bubba Jackson of K-JAZZ-FM, will be moderator.

Clazzical Notes, presented by The Orchestras of Pasadena, is a free, increasingly popular music series where the worlds of jazz and classical music come together.

John Atkins has experienced first-hand the versatility of the male voice during his opera career. In the last six years he has made the transition from roles for baritone singers to higher-register tenor roles. Recent efforts include the Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) by Britten, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Spoletta in Tosca. He is now exploring repertoire such as Wagner’s Siegmund and Parsifal, Richard Strauss’s Herod (Salome), the title role in Idomeneo, and Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth.

He admits that it has been both interesting and “terrifying” to shift his career so dramatically.

“I found that the higher parts of baritone became to feel more comfortable,” Atkins explained. “When you change to tenor you have to change your mind set. It makes your brain work in a different way. It’s very interesting to have this whole new world later in my career. I’d recommend it to everyone.”

Storytelling is important to Atkins. “Now Wagner is something I’m looking at; it’s much more interesting to me now than when I was younger, and I ‘get’ the stories he was trying to tell.”

That storytelling will come into play when Atkins joins jazz singer James Tormé onstage Oct. 20.

“I certainly have always sung works by Cole Porter, Gershwin and other popular composers,” he said. “I try to not make it sound like an opera singer is singing, because jazz aficionados might find that ‘square.’ When I sing opera, it’s about communicating a story through musical notes. I still do that when I sing Porter or Gershwin, by determining what is the story they’re telling.”

Jazz vocalist James Tormé logged more hours on a plane as a child than most of us accumulate in a lifetime. He grew up commuting between the Los Angeles home of his father – three-time Grammy Award-winner Mel Tormé – and London, where his mother, celebrated British actress Janette Scott, lived. Both parents were strong musical influences on their son.

“My mom bought me Michael Jackson's album Off The Wall when I was 6, and I think it did me in permanently,” James recalls. “On top of that, my father would dub tapes for me of any new music he thought was worth getting into. He introduced me to Earth, Wind & Fire, Steely Dan, and Blood Sweat and Tears and, of course, all the jazz songs from the American Songbook. I honestly see myself as an evolution of him and those influences.”

The Clazzical Notes audience will see that evolution when Tormé takes the stage as the jazz counterpart to Atkins’ classical voice.

“I am a jazz singer at heart,” Tormé said, but revealed he’s “a massive fan of classical music. The stuff that frightens me is ‘jazzy-classical’ by composers like Frederic Delius, who created wonderful ahead-of-his-time classical works. His On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring was one of my father’s favorites that he always wanted orchestras to play, but they couldn’t because it’s a very difficult piece to play.” Yet James Tormé was able to have the New West Symphony play the piece when he performed with them recently, a concert that brought tears to his mother’s eyes.

Clazzical Notes will give Tormé another opportunity to discuss the elements of jazz, just as he did recently during a tour in Alaska, where he and his band conducted jazz workshops in middle and high schools.

“Any music can be jazz,” he told the students. “Lil’ Wayne can be jazz. It’s about knowing the melody backward and forward in order to embellish on an existing framework. It takes knowing that so you can achieve melodic and rhythmic spontaneity.”

And you can count on spontaneity and improvisation with Tormé and his band mates – drummer Tony Austin, bass player Ryan Cross, and pianist Brandon Coleman.

Clazzical Notes is the only concert date Tormé has booked while he is finishing his upcoming CD for Koch Records, set for release in 2009.

“It’s a really nice time for me to be doing this concert,” he said. “I’ll bring all that energy from the stage back into the studio.”

Clazzical Notes is sponsored in part by Caltech, The Green Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, the estate of Richard C. Biedebach, and K-JAZZ 88.1 FM. For more information about Clazzical Notes, call (626) 793-7172, ext. 21, or visit


CLAZZICAL NOTES – “THE MALE VOCALIST”: The Orchestras of Pasadena presents “The Male Vocalist,” a Clazzical Notes free concert with opera singer John Atkins and jazz singer James Tormé, and hosted by Bubba Jackson of K-JAZZ 88.1 FM. Monday, Oct. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, 325 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106. Free. For information, call The Orchestras of Pasadena, (626) 793-7172, ext. 21, or visit

Sunday, September 28, 2008

10/20 (Mon) Asian Stories’ Encore show in Hawaii

I've got some news from Hawaii that they will have an encore showtime of Asian Stories at Movie Museum.

We love people in Hawaii!!

10/20 (Mon) ASIAN STORIES at Movie Museum in Hawaii again


Movie Museum
3566 Harding Avenue Suite 4
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: (808) 735-8771
View Map

Mon. Oct 20 - 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30pm

D:Ron Oda and Kris Chin. James Kyson Lee (TV's HEROES; BIG DREAMS, LITTLE TOKYO), Kathy Uyen, Kirt Kishita, Christopher Dinh, Lauren Kim.

Jim Lee (Lee), the cheapest Chinese-American guy in all of Los Angeles, is dumped by his girlfriend Katherine (Kim) two weeks before their Valentine's Day wedding date. In debt and very distraught, he wants to end it all. Jim asks his hit man friend Alex (Kishita) to do him in. Not wanting to do the job in the city, Alex tells Jim to make a trek up a mountain, where the mercy killing is to take place. Hilarious and highly unpredictable, ASIAN STORIES won an Audience Award at the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival. Unrated, but likely suitable for ages 13 and older.

Special thank to Vicki for her help.

Official Web Site

Official MySpace

Official Facebook Page

Official YouTube

Cinema Epoch (Distributor)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MTV is seeking Japanese (American) host for a pilot in NYC

Hi Katz!

It was a pleasure speaking to you. As I mentioned, I'm writing to you because MTV is searching for host for a Japanese game show pilot. I thought that you might be able to might help spread the word among your creative friends out in Los Angeles.

We're particularly looking for people that have a strong personality and are funky, edgy and stylish. We're really fond of people whose style is more hipster-ish or punk, such as The Boredoms from Osaka. Here's a photo:

If you know someone the embodies this kind of spirit and personality, have them contact me as soon as possible. I really appreciate it! I need to find people now! It's a great opportunity.


MTV is searching for a host for a fun, Japanese game show pilot. They're looking for outgoing, articulate, spirited males who appear to be between the ages of 21 – 35 and appear to be Japanese or of Japanese descent. Candidates must possess bold personalities and a devilish sense of humor.

People that exude a lot of enthusiasm, have wicked personalities, distinct styles and possess a unique charm on tape should apply ASAP. The perfect candidate would have a Johnny Knoxville-like appeal. If this describes you, please email immediately. Television credits are not necessary. Improv / comedy backgrounds are a plus.

There will be compensation. is an amazing opportunity for the right talent, so please email with a headshot / pic and let them know why you'd be the perfect game show host. Must be well-versed in the English language. Union and non-union okay. Taping will be in New York.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Katz’s Another Olympic is now on

Tomoya Ito Web Site Launched
A Wheelchair Athlete's now competing in Beijing Paralympic for gold medals

I just donated my services and made web site for Tomoya Ito who is wheelchair athlete, currently competing under T52 category in Beijing Paralympic!

Now he's aiming two gold medals.

Hey, support another Olympic!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Asian Stories Theatrical Run in Hawaii!!

I've received information from our distributor that we are going to have another theatrical run of Asian Stories in Hawaii this month!

If you have a chance, please check Asian Stories in a bigger screen.

Please forward this message to anyone who lives in Hawaii

ASIAN STORIES at Movie Museum in Hawaii


Movie Museum
3566 Harding Avenue Suite 4
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: (808) 735-8771
View Map

Sun. Sept 21 - 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30pm
Thur. Sept 25 - 2, 4, 6, & 8pm


D:Ron Oda and Kris Chin. James Kyson Lee (TV's HEROES; BIG DREAMS, LITTLE TOKYO), Kathy Uyen, Kirt Kishita, Christopher Dinh, Lauren Kim.

Jim Lee (Lee), the cheapest Chinese-American guy in all of Los Angeles, is dumped by his girlfriend Katherine (Kim) two weeks before their Valentine's Day wedding date. In debt and very distraught, he wants to end it all. Jim asks his hit man friend Alex (Kishita) to do him in. Not wanting to do the job in the city, Alex tells Jim to make a trek up a mountain, where the mercy killing is to take place. Hilarious and highly unpredictable, ASIAN STORIES won an Audience Award at the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival. Unrated, but likely suitable for ages 13 and older.

More info about Movie Museum...

Special thank to Vicki for her help.

Official Web Site

Official MySpace

Official Facebook Page

Official YouTube

Cinema Epoch (Distributor)

Thank you very much for your support!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Asian Stories DVD release is this coming Tuesday!

visit Asian Stories (Book 3) web site - the indpendent feature film
"Asian Stories" DVD

will be finally on sale this Tuesday, Sep 2nd


DVD Cover

The time has come. Our US DVD release is coming on this Tuesday.

If you haven't ordered your own DVD yet, please do so, so that you can get your own copy on Sep 2nd!

"Asian Stories" at Amazon
http://www. amazon. com/...

"Asian Stories" at NETFLIX
http://www. netflix. com/Movie/Asian_Stories/...

Saturday, August 2, 2008

PLEASE Pre-Order Asian Stories

"Asian Stories" DVD Release
is now set to Tuesday, Sep 2nd
DVD Cover

Dear "Asian Stories" Fans!

Thank you very much for those of who came to our LA's theatrical release last week.

And we've received dozens of messages that the many don't live close to LA so that they couldn't catch "Asian Stories" theatrical premiere.

But, don't worry about it. We are very pleased to announce that we are releasing "Asian Stories" DVD on Tuesday, Sep 2nd.

But don't wait, please order your copy now, so that you can get your DVD on Sep 2nd!

***Our DVD extra features includes

1. DVD commentary with James Kyson Lee, Kathy Uyen and the director, Ron Oda
2. Documentary at VC Film Fest

I hope you can enjoy these extra feature and brings laugh at home.

Please Pre-Order a copy of "Asian Stories" DVD Now!

The easiest way to get your own copy is at Amazon.

"Asian Stories" at Amazon

Well, even though I would like people to "buy" our DVDs as many people as possible. I understand for those of who would like to rent our DVD...

So our DVD will also be available at NETFLIX

Also if you live in mid-west US, I was told that you can also get a copy from Hastings as well.

But please do not wait! Pre-order by this week so that you can make sure to get a copy by Sep 2nd!

Please write a comment and rate our movie

If you've already seen Asian Stories, please write an comment, and rate our movie on Amazon and Netflix. So that more people will find out about "Asian Stories"

"Asian Stories" at Amazon

"Asian Stories" at Netflix

And please tell your friends and family about "Asian Stories"

And of course, please be free to forward this email to anyone who loves the comedy.

Also you are very welcome to use our art work to promote "Asian Stories" DVD Releases.

Our banner is available at "Asian Stories" Promo page

As long as you are helping us promote DVD release, you are very welcome to use our material as much as you would like. Please make sure to add the link to our web site.

"Asian Stories" Facebook Page!

Now, we opened our official Facebook page. If you are doing facebook, please become a fan of Asian Stories, and invite your friend to become a fan as well!

"Asian Stories" Fact Sheet

"Asian Stories" is an amazing feature length film that tells a story unlike any other. Jim is a young closefisted Chinese American living in LA who desperately finds himself with a stack of white flower themed disposable cameras, fleur-de-lis invitations, a number of champagne bottles, and a ten-thousand dollar engagement ring bill. The only thing missing is a bride. In financial debt and miserable for having his fiancé leave two weeks prior to Valentine's day, Jim tries to resurface his dignity and wash away his wretchedness by asking his best friend, a Japanese hitman whose passion for cooking fancy entrees extends far beyond his kitchen, to kill him just in time to miss the Hallmark holiday. With less than four days to live, Jim, while wearing his wedding tuxedo the entire time, treks to the mountains to find his fate, meet a pizza delivery boy with lucky charms, the funeral spot of his choice, and a girl.


"Asian Stories" won the Audience Award at the VC Film Festival/Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and has screened to sold-out audiences at other festivals in San Diego, Hawaii and Chicago.

Official Web Site

Official MySpace

Official Facebook Page

Official YouTube

Cinema Epoch (Distributor)

Thank you very much for your support!

-- Katz Ueno

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Two days left - Asian Stories Theatrical Run

Theatrical Release is Two Days Left
at ImaginAsian Center

A week is very short! We only have two more days left (until 7/31) for Asian Stories' Theatrical Run at ImaginAsian Center, Downtown LA.

If you live in LA, or have friends/family in LA, please let them to know to catch this opportunity. This could be the last time for you to catch Asian Stories in LA.

Again, thank you very much for your support!


ImaginAsian Center

Asian Stories Official Web Site

Cinema Epoch


Friday, July 25, 2008

James Torme LIVE at redwhite + bluezz this Wednesday, July 30th

To view this invite online please visit:

James Torme LIVE at redwhite + bluezz
Wednesday, July 30th. 2008
70 South Raymond Avenue, Old Pasadena, CA 91105

Dinner reservations at 6 pm and 6:30 pm. Concert at 7:30 pm.

Tickets included with dinner reservation of $35 per ticket.

Call 626-792-4441 for reservations.


Yes, "Asian Stories" opens today!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the theater!

Q&A session with cast and crew will be held at 7:15pm show

ImaginAsian Center Web Site

I won't be able to be there, so please enjoy for me!!!


Monday, July 21, 2008

ASIAN STORIES Showtime is set

visit Asian Stories (Book 3) web site - the indpendent feature film

We received showtimr info from ImaginAsian Center.

July 25-26th
2:45 5:00 7:15 9:45

July 27th - July 30th
2:45 5:00 7:15 9:30

July 31st
5:00 7:15 9:30

For more information, visit

Friday, July 18, 2008


You can see "it" if you are interested.

There is value if somebody wants it

New idea don't need ordinary people

First, determine where you are going to give up

Meeting is only to make a decision, not presentation

Clean = pride of your employee

Organization corrupts from the top

Look at it from three years in the future.

Find the truth from the facts

Thursday, July 3, 2008


I think this is the BEST animation movie I've ever seen.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Recording DVD commentary track with James, Kathy and Ron

We are getting ready for the DVD release.

Today, we recorded DVD commentary track with James Kyson Lee, Kathy Uyen and the director Ron Oda at Creative Routes Studio in Burbank.

We talked about our nostalgic yet funny stories.

You can listen to our talk in our DVD special track!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Photo of America The Beautiful - California Philharmonic Concert

Thank you very much for those of who came to the concert

We had over 5,000 attendees!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

People who can sleep well....

People who can sleep well have a lot of guts

If you can sleep wherever it is, such as friend's couch, on the floor, editing studio's floor, in the jungle... in the airplace... more likely to perform well in the presentation and stuff.... at least, don't get nervous as much as people who cannot sleep well...

That's what I think....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Dear Joseph N. Feinstein

Joseph, it was good working with you...

Articles for Entertainment Today by Joseph


From LA Times Article

Joseph N. Feinstein, 74; innovative L.A. teacher and host of 'Teen Talk'

By Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 2, 2008

Joseph N. Feinstein was a champion of the idea that education should address young people's hearts as well as their intellect.

He developed the first class in Los Angeles city schools designed to help students deal with death and other forms of loss. In the 1980s, Feinstein was host of an award-winning television talk show that allowed teenagers to tackle tough social and family issues.

Decades later, the harvest of his idea stood before him. One of Feinstein's former students, now a social worker specializing in geriatrics, tended to him in a skilled nursing facility.

"His class had such an impact on me," Jill Spector said. "When I look back on it, it's one of the main reasons I went into social work."

Feinstein, who taught at Grant High School in Van Nuys for more than 30 years and was a talk-show host for nine, died of heart failure May 24 at Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center. He was 74.

Beyond the generations he taught at Grant, Feinstein reached many more students and their parents over the airwaves. During its height, "Teen Talk" aired Saturday mornings on Channel 9 and featured youth talking about issues that included divorce, turning 13, drugs, class clowns, AIDS and incest.

With his training as a child counselor, years of teaching experience and natural affinity for the age group many parents dread most, Feinstein was the perfect host.

"He would look at you and listen to you and get what you were saying," Spector said. "So you wanted to talk to him, you wanted to spill your guts, because you knew you had somebody who was going to genuinely listen."

Authenticity mattered to Feinstein, who also co-produced the show, selected the topics and often found young people willing to talk on air. "Teen Talk" promised the straight talk teens appreciate: "No baloney, no hiding, no copping out," he said in a 1986 Times article.

Feinstein taped 237 editions of the show, which ran from 1981 until 1990 and received four local Emmy Awards for children's programming. Feinstein also won a local Emmy as co-producer of a documentary on incest.

[ Read the rest of this article ]

Sunday, May 11, 2008

"Hybrid Identity Crisis" -- "Tre" DVD Release (From Eric)

A journalist named Ben Hamamoto is writing a piece about my latest film "Tre" being a first with its hapa romantic leads (Kim and Daniel), and hapa writers/director (Kim and me). This clip from the DVD bonus features is the best I have ever done explaining how mixed-race identity folds into the layers of meaning in this film and in others like "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Americanese" that deal with sex, race, and relationships. It was actually said in response to a post-screening question about the "raw" sex scenes in "Tre." I talked about "hybrid identity" and then worked my way back to answering the question.

This is one of seven chapters in the Director Q&A bonus feature on the recently released DVD, available here.

Other bonus features include a behind-the-scenes documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Reuben Aaronson, and my student film, "Kenji's Faith."

Also this is another clip from the Director Q&A feature on the DVD:

And here is the theatrical trailer.

directed by Eric Byler
written by Kimberly-Rose Wolter & Eric Byler
Daniel Cariaga, Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Erik McDowel, and Alix Koromzay.
with Teddy Chen Culver, Eric Hackett, and Jackie O'Brien
Cinematography by Rob Humphreys
Music by Michael Brook

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

James Tormé at Hotel Angeleno on Mon, 5/12

I'll be there

WHAT: Come hear singing star James Tormé live with the incomparable James Tormé Trio at West Lounge & Restaurant. Best view in L.A. Parking available at the hotel. In James' own words: "Stop kidding around, come out and be friendly about it!"

PS They have great food and excellent cocktails!

PPS No Cover.

WHEN: Monday, May 12th at 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm.

WHERE: West Lounge at Hotel Angeleno (The circular hotel at the Sunset exit of the 405)

170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90049
For reservations: 310-481-7878

Click here to get directions.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sound of Hamster

I'm adding sound of hamster to a hamster feature film...

Some scene was shot without sound, so I'm adding the sound of a hamster.

Oh, man. The more hamster sound I add, the more cute the hamster becomes.

I understand why the director loves hamster and decided to make it into a movie.

Oh, shit, I wish I have more room and time to have a hamster....

By the way, the hamster doesn't really make noise. Most of the time, they are quiet. But we managed to make it sound something... you will check it out in the movie.


Going to Houston, Texas from May 1 (Thu) - May 6 (Wed)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Working on a Hamster Movie

Working on a hamster movie - recording sound effects in Palos Verdes, CA

It was crazy hot, but nice view of the ocean.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I have never given up my dream.

And I will never given up my dream until I die.


I'll be in the US (Mostly LA) until July 9th.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Representing James Tormé in Japan

For those of who cannot read Japanese, I'm sorry about that.

But here is the press release regarding my company's representing James Tormé, the son of legendary singer, Mel Tormé.

deerstudio, inc will be in charge of his promotion and will act as his agent in Japan. If you know any people who have jazz club or jazz festival which may be interesting in having him, please tell them to give me a call!

For more information, please contact deerstudio



日本 (03) 4590-6279
アメリカ +1 (310) 820-7129


James Torméとの日本エージェント契約について

[ PDF版ダウンロード ]


この度、株式会社deerstudio(ディアースタジオ)と、Tormé Entertainment LLC(トーメ・エンターテインメント)が、伝説のジャズシンガーMel Tormé(メル・トーメ)氏のご子息であり、自身もジャズシンガーとして活動されているJames Tomré(ジェームス・トーメ)氏と彼のバンドの日本における音楽活動のプロモーション・エージェント業を株式会社deerstudioが行う契約を締結致しました事を報告します。

今後、株式会社deerstudioは、Tormé EntertainmentとJames Torméの英語ホームページの運営に加え、日本語ホームページの運営と、日本での活動のマネージメントを行うことになります。

James Tormé氏は、「クリスマスソング」で有名なMel Tormé氏のご子息として生まれ、デューク・エリントン、サミー・デイビスJr、ペギー・リー、バディ・リッチなどに囲まれ幼少期を過ごし、彼の音楽スタイルはクラッシックジャズに加え、ソウル、R&Bの影響を受け、現代のジャズシーンにうまく融合させており、昨年には、その功績をたたえられ、チャック・ナイルズ・ジャズ・ミュージック・アワードを受賞しました。

また、今年始め、KOCH Recordsと新たにレコード契約を交わし、2009年初頭に新しいアルバムをリリースすべくレコーディング活動も行っています。









Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Change my Trip Schedule - Mar 11-27

So my trip to Indonesia (It's Papua New Guinea region.. but in the territories of Indonesia) has postponed for a couple days.

And I have booked the airticket, so my schedule is final.

March 11-27 (Japan Time)

I'm leaving in the morning of March 11 (in the afternoon on Mar 10, PST time).

And I'm coming back at the night of March 27 (in the early morning of 27 (PST Time))

During this time, I won't be able to check e-mails, and answer your phone call frequently.

So please be aware the delay of contact.

It's not that I don't like you.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Will be gone to isolated area from March 7 for two weeks

OK. So it's quickie update.

I'm booked to work on the surfing documentary movie from March 7 for about two weeks.

I'll be busy working for prepping this shoot.

I also have another feature film project that I need to edit

I'm about to start repping Jazz artist in Japan

Basically, I'll be busy all in March.. and maybe in April.

Especially, those of who will try to contact me during the shoot, it may take you over two weeks to reply your e-mail.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NOMINATED!!! Japan Blog Award 2008

OK. Here is the deal.

My Japanese blog has been nominated to Japan Blog Award 2008 under the business section.

If you understand Japanese, or know anybody who understand Japanese, please vote my BLOOOOG!!!!

Here is my Japanese Blog

Here is where you can cast your vote!

My blog is located at the very bottom of business section.

I hope you can encourage Japanese speaking friends, sister, brother, father, mother, step-father, step-mother, co-workers, schoolmates, collegemates, girlfriend, boyfriend, ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, wife, hushand, cousin, niece, aunt, uncle and your neighbor to cast their vote to my blog!!!!!

Thank you for your corporation!


Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Tre" Check Out The Brand-New 35mm Print Tomorrow night in SF!

Here is another message from the director of "Tre", Eric Byler

Dear friends,

I heard from Cinema Libre Studio and the 35 mm print is on it's way to San Francisco for its WORLD PREMIERE tomorrow! Long story short: technical difficulties forced them to release the film on digital in Los Angeles and Chicago -- which means San Francisco will be the FIRST CITY in the world to see the film as it was intended to be seen, on 35 mm film. In fact, I'll be seeing it for the first time myself on Friday night, because I'll be doing interviews all day prior to the 7:20 screening. So come Friday and sweat it out with me. I'm hoping it looks good. Hope to see you at that one or one of the others listed below.

4-Star Theatre (San Francisco)
2200 Clement St. @ 23rd Ave.
Showtimes: Daily 1:40, 7:20

**Q&A's (w/ Eric Byler)
Friday (Feb 15th) after the 7:20
Saturday (Feb 16th) after the 7:20
Sunday (Feb 17th) after the 1:40

Admission: $8.50

"TRE" theatrical trailer

Tre Official MySpace

Tre Official Web Site


Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Tre" is coming to Chicago TOMORROW!

Eric Byler's "Tre" IS COMING TO CHICAGO tomorrow!!!!

Theater Release Info

Friday, Feb 8, 2008 - Chicago
  • Facets Cinematheque
    1517 W. Fullerton Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Fri., Feb. 8 at 7 & 9 pm
    Sat.-Sun., Feb. 9-10 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
    Mon.-Thurs., Feb. 11-14 at 7 & 9 pm

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 - San Francisco

Tre - Official Web Site

Tre - MySpace Profile


Friday, February 1, 2008

Eric Byler’s interview about "Tre" at Ent Today

Hopefully, some of you already had a chance to catch the theatrical release of "Tre"

Here is another article about "Tre", one-on-one interview with Eric Byler.

Tre - Official Web Site

Tre - MySpace Profile


Thursday, January 31, 2008

Read the review from GenArt about "Tre"

Finally, "Tre" is coming to LA Theaters tomorrow!

Here is the nice review about Tre from GenArt.

Hopefully, we will see some of you at either Laemmle's Sunset 5 or Colorado One in Pasadena tomorrow night!

Tre - Official Web Site

Tre - MySpace Profile


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

"Tre" is Opening This Friday & Meet Cast and Filmmaker!

Eric Byler's "Tre" IS STARTING THIS FRIDAY!!! And the cast and filmmakers are schedule to be at the each Theater in LA. Please join us and share the experience with us!!!

Theater Release Info
Friday, Feb 1, 2008 - Los Angeles
  • Laemmle's Sunset 5
    8000 Sunset Blvd.
    West Hollywood, CA 90046
    323.848.3500 (Click here to purchase your ticket!)
    Showtimes: 12:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55

    Feb 1 (Fri) - Eric Byler, Alix Koromzay (Playing Nina), and Erik McDowell (Playing Gabe) will be appearing at Sunset Laemmle's 5

  • Laemmle's One Colorado
    42 Miller Alley
    Old Pasadena, CA 91103
    626.744.1224 (Click here to purchase your ticket!)
    Showtimes: 12:45, 3:00, 5:25, 7:40, 10:00

    Feb 1 (Fri) - Rob Humphreys (Cinematographer) and Kimberly-Rose Wolter (Playing Kakela) will be appearing at Laemmle's One Colorado

    Feb 2 (Sat) - Eric Byler (director) will be appearing at Laemmle's One Colorado

Friday, Feb 8, 2008 - Chicago
  • Facets Cinematheque
    1517 W. Fullerton Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Fri., Feb. 8 at 7 & 9 pm
    Sat.-Sun., Feb. 9-10 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
    Mon.-Thurs., Feb. 11-14 at 7 & 9 pm

Friday, Feb 15, 2008 - San Francisco

Tre - Official Web Site

Tre - MySpace Profile


"Tre" Trailer

Thursday, January 10, 2008

"Tre" is coming to LA and Chicago in this Feb

"Tre" is coming to LA and Chicago in this Feb

Eric Byler's new film "Tre". We have just confirmed the dates of Los Angeles, and Chicago.

We have more theaters coming up!

----- Friday, Feb 1, 2008 -----

Laemmle's Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Laemmle's One Colorado
42 Miller Alley
Old Pasadena, CA 91103

----- Friday, Feb 8, 2008 -----

Facets Cinematheque
1517 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Tre Official Web Site

Tre MySpace Profile

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year Sunrise from Japan

Happy Near Year 2008.

I'm bringing you the Japanese New Year's celebration pics.