Archive: March, 2010

Gearing Up for Freelancing in Tokyo

Posted by David Chester on 30 March 2010

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Japanese ceremonial dolls April 1 is almost upon us and what that means in Japan is: good weather, lighter clothing, companies opening, employees needed. That is a very brief description of how each April has unfolded for me for the last 17 years in Tokyo. In fact for the months of January and February I was again hit by that feeling of: all the jobs have dried up and it's time to pack it all in. 

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Get Your FIT On!

Posted by David Chester on 2 March 2010

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FIT closed out February 2010 with a wonderful evening at Good Day Books in Ebisu, where yours truly gave a BookNotes talk about FIT to a very appreciative crowd. It was great to meet new people and share my experiences with them. One of the things I covered that night was the power of the meishi, or business card. I encouraged everyone to get a picture on theirs, if they didn't have one already. From the seven brave souls that exchanged cards with me at the end of the evening, no one had their picture on their cards yet. Well, the year's still young and there's plenty of time to get yours printed before April 1, which is the beginning of the fiscal year in Japan and also the time when the weather warms up, cherry trees bloom and people are in the mood for life, love, work and movement. So, get your new meishi and walk into your next networking event armed and ready to connect. 

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