Startup "1st" concepts without knowing it
Reflecting upon my career, I'm listing up the projects and key events that were actually "first" or "pioneering" in one way or another; it has been so normal for me, that I haven't given it the credit it deserves.
Before the boom of the "W" hotel brand, I was working on the design concepts / branding guidelines of this new idea without really knowing it.
Also, the aloft / element brands were in concept phase then.
Same goes for the SLS hotel brand lead by Philippe Starck.
Before knowing Carlos Ghosn was going to "leave" Japan, I was helping him and his defense team in probably the most desperate moment of his life - when he needed help the most, I was J/E bridging the most important conversations of his life! (Ask me for more juicy details if you dare).
Projection Mapping / New Technology from Canada - entering Japan and working with Sony on a new joint venture.
Japanese Entertainment company starting up a completely new office in Los Angeles.
The only Japanese employee in a Hong Kong based Hospitality / Entertainment Holdings company, as well as UNWTO :)
Starting up a new tourism research center in a Japanese national university.
Accelerator program for a large Japanese conglomerate - all online / remote across 4 countries during the height of the COVID pandemic. (How did I lead this, really?!)
And probably many more small gigs here and there that have served clients quickly, accurately, and with some playfulness as I like to have fun and SMILE when I'm working unlike the typical Japanese corporate employee.
Ohhh the other day when I was on a SUPER Japanese video call.... the sharp contrast I felt between my usual calls vs. this one? Come on guys, you only live once, why don't you have fun when you're doing your job? lol
Live life at a high vibration.