Thu 6/17: Nepalese Curry home party (GPJ Social event)

My good friend Prakash, travel & hospitality industry professional here in Japan, would like to open his home and share his cooking prowess with interested ‘GoodPeople’ for a casual get together over wine and fabulous food in Hiroo.

I can vouch for the food by the way, both Prakash’s traditional Nepalese food, and his wife’s salads and other support dishes!

Given some people on the LinkedIn thread can’t make it we should have PLENTY of room for upto 20 people.

Comments on this event from LinkedIn were good, so although Prakash moved to Hiroshima to open a Bar & Restaurant (Kemby’s), or rather take it over, renovate and re-open, we’ll have to do another like this again soon!

Some of the comments from the LinkedIn post:

“Just wanted to say it was awesome. Thanks Jason for organizing, and Prakash you are a culinary master.
Invite me over for dinner anytime! 🙂 Seriously, I had a great time, and glad to meet you all in attendance.” ! ~ P.J.

“Just also wanted to add that people at the Curry party were great! and gave me a very helpful insight to “city people” and something about massage(!). Prakash san, again, thank you for your great food, Jason -san, thank you for starting the event, and looking forward to meeting you all again soon. If anyone has not yet add me on the list, I would love to add you guys!! ” ! ~ S.S.

“Thanks Prakash and Jason, sugokatta desu yo.” ~ P.G.

“A thousand thanks to Prakash and Jason! I thoroughly enjoyed it!! ” ~ T.M.

Leadership Communication: “Storytelling for Influence”

PCC – Pink Cow Connections – #74

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Doors open: 19:00
Presentation starts 19:30
Location: The Pink Cow

Topic: Leadership Communication – “Storytelling for Influence”,
by Robert Burnside, Empowr Co.




Leadership is influence — motivating and inspiring others to follow. Your means of doing this is communication. Very simply, influence is the purpose of communication.
Influence is best achieved by following the way in which people are naturally stimulated, that is, through storytelling.

At our June PCC event, Robert Burnside of Empowr Co. will show how how story listening is in our genes, and how to address it by storytelling — how to reach quickly to the unconscious mind of the audience, and move them willingly to where you want them to go.

Robert will show us just what a story is;
where storytelling comes from;
how, why and when storytelling works;
and, then how to find, construct, and deliver powerfully influential stories.

Most of all, Robert will show how to use this storytelling knowledge and skill in a business and leadership context. His clients have used his teachings to acquire & retain clients, build their brand, manage teams, negotiate & resolve conflict, as well as make winning presentations.

Robert’s presentation will be as interactive as possible, so bring along your own case of specific influence challenge and we may be able to work together to find a story to successfully overcome it – This is the usual outcome of Robert’s corporate training and coaching programs. (Please arrive early to be sure Robert has time to examine your case)

Robert Burnside is an executive coach and trainer in leadership communication. He uses storytelling every day in his work, as well as teaching others how to do it. Most of Robert’s clients are major financial companies such as Morgan Stanley, Nikko Citigroup, and American Express Bank. He has also coached both Japanese and Western executives up to CEO level at major companies including the president of Toyoto, Senior EVP of NTT DoCoMo, the CEO of Bosch Japan, and many more. Robert also teaches a business communication program at the International University of Japan (IUJ) MBA program.

Please see Robert’s website at


Entry: ¥2,000 includes light food. Doors open at 7:00pm. Program starts at 7:30pm with open networking after.

RSVP is requested, but not required, of all guests and members so the Pink Cow can plan for food and seating.

For RSVP or questions please contact:
Anthony or Traci
You may also RSVP via Meet Up at

For live webcasts and archives of past events, please go to our UStream link at

Follow us on Twitter: @pcconnections

====== SPONSORS ======

The Pink Cow – cool place, yummy food!

Hill and Knowlton Japan – PR / Communications consultancy (Member of the WPP Group)


=====Supported by POKEN =====

This is a “Poken Friendly” event, so bring your Poken or get one from the Pink Cow.

**Special “Poken” Drink Discounts from 5-7PM for anyone with a Poken!**

Poken is your ‘social business card.’ It’s the easy way to share your
contact details and online social networks in the real world.
Meet. Connect. Stay in touch!

Tokyo’s biggest ever business networking event

Business In Japan Night

“How do you bring the openness and low barrier to entry of the Internet to real life networking? How do you create an event where people can come and make it what they want? How does all of this make for a good time? Business in Japan, in conjunction with Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Building Management Co., Ltd., and EGG JAPAN will show you with Business in Japan Night!”
from website

Business In Japan Night At The Shin-Marunouchi Building

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 from 8pm
There is no entrance fee to attend

  • 1000+ people are expected (based on turnouts of 250 then 750 the previous events)
  • We have secured the entire 7th Floor and every venue on the floor will be ready, and will offer a selection of 500 yen drinks
  • There are special meetup areas – print out PDF here: SMB 7F Floor Plan
    YOU can create your own meet ups – start asking people NOW!


So here’s where you’ll find all the information:

Poken’s event page

JExpert’s event page

Note the important points about the competition:
– you’ll need to buy a raffle ticket (1,000yen)
– It’s a combined Poken & JExpert sponsored event. They’re sponsoring for a reason; they would like you to try out their services and you’ll need to join (free), as part of the competition
– therefore, the iPad will not be drawn on the night (Check rules and conditions of the iPad give-away on
– you’ll get a free BIJ, JExpert & Poken, sponsored Poken (valued @2,480yen) as part of the draw!
– You need to ‘Poken’ with the cardboard photo of the iPad to complete the 1st part of your entry, the ‘at the event’ part
– to ‘Poken’ means to touch two devices together for electronic data exchange (you set up your profile, sharing only what social networks and contact info you want to, later). See more here.
– just as an aside, I’ve heard JExpert will be offering more iPad’s to members in the coming months (upto 4 more maybe!?), for promoting the JExpert service, a bilingual project marketplace and online workplace for clients to connect with qualified experts to get projects done, and service providing ‘Experts’ to get work and earn money from delivering their services.


Check inside the BIJ group:

 RSVP on LinkedIn: [LinkedIn retired their Events system in 2012]

PS. Chance to win an iPad, 32GB, Wireless model by buying a raffle ticket on the night!
Get a free, JExpert & BIJ sponsored Poken at the same time!!

Please note: The Hirameki dinner needed to be rescheduled



GoodPeople Japan Shinnenkai (Friday, Feb. 19th 2010)

Happy New Year! Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! Kotoshimo Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu!

OK, we’re all set for the GoodPeople Japan 2010 Shinnenkai. A little late perhaps in February, but I am hoping this gives you time for your schedules to quieten down so that you can come out to one of our larger events that will be great fun and where we are always “Connecting GoodPeople”!

A bit of an Aussie theme to this party, given I’m Australian and so is the Chef at 148 Hiroo, Marcus Yip.

WHAT: GoodPeople, GoodBBQ Dinner Party!
Dips with pita bread or toasted baguette
Marcus’s Oriental Salad
Aussie BBQ (chicken and steak and sausages)
Aussie beer and wine, red and white, nomihodai for two hours
WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2010
TIME: 7.30pm, for an 8pm first service
Meet at 7.00pm, Ebisu JR station, East Exit gates, base of stairs to Atre (inside – not outside the Small  Starbucks!) OR at 148 Hiroo at 7.30pm-8pm
WHERE: 148 Hiroo
1-4-10 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku (on Meiji Dori), Tokyo 150-0012
Tel. 03-3440-1482
How much?: 4,500 yen per person

Other Details:
Restaurant URL:
Restaurant Map:

Restaurant details ( (Japanese)

Here’s a quick & easy map:

The Eventbrite system I am trying again has more options for maps and info. (Widget on the right hand side of the site)

Tax in Japan (micro-event)

Open to members of GoodPeople Japan this micro event will have around 7-10 people and a guest ‘expert’ (or two) to answer general questions and for attendees to connect and follow up with for more detail, advice and privacy.

If you’re interested in networking with a group of others interested in ‘TAX IN JAPAN’ but not yet a member of GoodPeople Japan, please contact me and we’ll see what we can do.

Not a presentation, GoodPeople Japan events are simply ‘GoodPeople’ in Japan getting together to network around a common subject of interest. This event proposed by a member, has attracted about 10 people interested to attend about 5 more who can’t make this date. We may repeat this event for others interested in networking on this subject but unable to attend this time.

WHAT:         Tax In Japan (Individual and corporations/business)
TYPE:           Meeting room style in a company office, over Pizza (no alcohol)
WHEN:        Tuesday, December 22, 2009
TIME:            8pm start

Meet at 7.30pm, Ebisu JR station, East Exit gates, base of stairs to Atre OR at Infinity K.K. office at 7.45pm-8pm

WHERE:       INFINITY KK Office, Ebisu

Infinity KK, Ebisu

Map to Infinity KK, Ebisu


OTHER INFO:    Invitation only, members and guests

Contact: Jason Ball for RSVP & additional/further confirmation

‘Micro-networking’: the main opportunity of GoodPeople Japan

The main opportunity of GPJ is for members to propose their own event themes (or just a loose subject to meet around).

I’ll keep organizing small get-togethers around the common theme of ‘Connecting GoodPeople’, but I’m also here to help you kick something off. Propose it, then work with me to get it out there to see who else is interested in the same subject.

Group Profile on LinkedIn

Perhaps you want to meet other IT professionals, or MBA’s, or perhaps you want to meet others with kids in Tokyo, you might want to meet people around the theme of minimizing tax in Japan, ‘Viral Marketing’ & Social Media, or you might want to meet people around the business opportunity represented by Mobile devices & Apps…

… whatever it is, it is only the loose subject to meet and connect with like minded GoodPeople around. You don’t need to speak or organize a speaker (but you can, we can most likely find one), there doesn’t need to be structure or a whiteboard (but why not, if you need one or think the subject warrants it) – just propose it, propose something.

I’m not going to do it all for you, but I will help you put it together and will help point people I know to the event who are, like us all, busy, maybe not often on LinkedIn, let alone in Groups, so they know it’s being proposed and they can decide whether to attend.

For more ideas, look at the list here:


If you’re ready to meet ‘GoodPeople’ in Japan now…


START: Propose a subject
NEXT: With interest, solidify style of meet up, location, broad time of day, roughly, when…
FINALIZE: As numbers grow and you get me to get the word out, finalize Date & Day, Time & Location
CONFIRM: Attendees, venue & everything

What are you waiting for?!