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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In Miscellaneous testimonials Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #69 New 06-19-2011 09:09 AM
cameron diaz by masami used under creative commons licence

There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't.
Annie Lennox

To be perfectly honest, what I'm really thinking about are dollar signs.
Tonya Harding

Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted, and the trouble is I don't know which half.
John Wanamaker

back when the names of things
hadn't had time to stick

Rita Dove, Testimonial

when I'm watchin' my tv
and that man comes on to tell me
how white my shirts can be

Rolling Stones, Satisfaction

I was surprised - of course I shouldn't have been - to notice deliberate product placement in an anime animated cartoon. You don't even need to film or photograph a real product. You can just draw one.

Japanese people don't seem to mind overt commercial sponsorship. Many of the professional baseball teams - like the Chunichi Dragons or the Seibu Lions - are known by their sponsor's name, not their city's name. Some commercials using Hollywood stars were so bad that they were not allowed to be shown outside Japan.

Today I am going to give my own endorsements. But they are real. Not for the products - the quality of Japanese products is usually excellent. But for really great service.

I have a pen that was owned by my first aikido teacher. His wife gave it to me with some personal things of his after he died. I use it every day. It's about thirty years old. It is a ballpoint pen with two colours, black and red, and it also has a mechanical pencil. It's called a Pilot 2+1.

Recently the mechanical pencil part (called a sharp pen in Japanese - see my W + aikibunnies blog article) wasn't working so I left it at a stationery store to see if it could be repaired. The store sent the pen off to Pilot. A week or two later I got a call that the pen was ready. I picked it up. The mechanical pencil had been repaired. The pen had been cleaned and polished and looked like new. They had also put in a new eraser. The store clerk said there was no charge. Thank you, Pilot. The next time I buy a pen it will be a Pilot pen. Of course at this rate that might not be for a very long time.

I've had similar experiences before in Japan. I have an old Seiko watch. It's a very good watch and it has always kept perfect time. Almost to the second. Then a while ago one of the numerals fell off the face and was moving freely around inside the glass. Seiko repaired the watch face and serviced it and cleaned it free of charge. Not only that they apologized to me for my trouble and told me that it wasn't supposed to happen on a Seiko watch. This is on a twenty year old watch. Thank you, Seiko.

One more thing about the Pilot pen. Something about that pen is mysterious. If you look at the red mark and push the button the red ballpoint pen comes out. If you look at the black mark and push the button the black ballpoint pen comes out. And if you look at the pencil mark the mechanical pencil comes out. That's all cool. But how does the pen know which mark I am looking at?!



Rolling Stones, Satisfaction

the cameron diaz softbank commercials for japanese tv are also on youtube - some of them are funny.

poem - this poem is called testimonial - it's not really about testimonials - but it is a good poem

Rita Dove, Testimonial

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#10 06-26-2011 11:15 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Daisy. Actually that's reassuring. I thought it was kind of a guy thing! Good luck back on the mat - don't take it too fast until you're ready.
#9 06-22-2011 02:18 PM
Daisy Luu Says:
As a former English major, a writer, and a lover of all things stationery, I must say that I do like the Pilot pens. I used a purple, soft-grip one through my entire college career. It finally gave up on me when I couldn't twist the halves apart to refill the ink anymore, and it was so cheap I didn't think to send it back to Pilot for repair, but I still keep that broken pen for all its sentimental value--all the essays I wrote with it, all those words strung together on pages to make meaning.
#8 06-22-2011 05:35 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Yeah, a real bullfighter son of a late bullfighter with the same name and his grandfather from mother side was a well known bullfighter too, so it fits in your post Budo/DNA double helix Carina
#7 06-22-2011 04:36 AM
niall Says:
Wow - the guy is a real bullfighter?! Irimi, irimi and irimi. It gives a stylish impression of aikido. Niall
#6 06-21-2011 01:18 PM
guest1234567 Says:
There was a good commercial with aikido, we were happy about it, because it is good if more people know about it.The aikidoka is Fran Rivera, a known bullfighter in Spain. The commercial is of the Jeep, the oldest off-road vehicle, it comes from GP(for Government Purposes or General Purpose),
#5 06-21-2011 09:02 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. I like the image of the pen like an alert uke! Good Mazda commercial too. Niall
#4 06-21-2011 09:00 AM
niall Says:
Great question, Diana - and good idea for an article - thanks! Niall
#3 06-20-2011 01:54 PM
guest1234567 Says:
(cont)These japanese companies still know how to treat a client and to give an excellent service. And I'd like to share a good publicity we had in the spanish TV too
#2 06-20-2011 01:54 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thank's Niall for this nice post, of course your pen knows only by looking at it which colour you like, you have it so many years! just like an uke in that many years, he would know too, only from your look! I think it is what Diana said, but I didn't know the word. My children used pilot too, in spanish you pronounce:"peelot".
#1 06-19-2011 01:12 PM
Diana Frese Says:
Oh no, I can hardly believe it. I was going to ask if you were planning to do a blog entry about "Ishin Denshin sometime . Then today I looked for this week's blog entry . How the pen knew ... is that what they mean by Ishin Denshin?

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