Building Community in Japan

Nice article from Robert Sanzalone about online community building here in Japan -- JapanSoc: Building Community Online In Japan: Expats Unite As A Network For Fun AND Business. If you are a foreigner in this country and want to connect with the international community, there are many ways to do that now. Don't be shy. Jump in. I didn`t know about JapanSoc until I read Robert`s piece. Learn something new every day.

Community building in Japan has been quite an experience. Japan is different. It just is. On so many mind-numbingly complex levels. Some exciting. Some frustrating. But in general, I have found the community building environment in Tokyo over the last year or so nothing short of outstanding. And the potential is far greater than most in the West realize. I have mentioned this to a few friends in the international community, and they have also seen a noticeable uptick in activity. Reasons? Not sure. Perhaps some critical mass has been reached? Perhaps the international community has grown enough to draw out and engage more Japanese? Perhaps the tech and web tools are just better and easier and more pervasive? Perhaps the foreigners are just now discovering how to interact with the already existing -- and quite large -- Japanese communities? Who knows. Doesn't matter much. But it is clear that there is something special here in Tokyo and it deserves exploration. I participate in a bunch of online communities in Tokyo on Twitter, Facebook, and other sites, and I've also attended a pile of live events in the last few years. Some of those activities can be found on my blog here at these tags: Tokyo2Point0, Tokyo Linux User Group, Tokyo OpenSolaris Community, Consumer Generated MediaPhotowalks. And probably a few others.

Many people photographed at those tags. Many more to come.

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