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Tokyo Tales - a weblog
Tokyo Tales is a weblog from Tokyo, Japan, written by me, Chris Jennings, a twenty-mumble-year-old web developer from the UK. If your browser supports it, you can subscribe to the RSS feed here.
About the author
My name is Chris, and I'm in my late (very late) twenties. I'm originally from the UK, but moved to Japan shortly after graduating from university (Hatfield College, Durham, 1994-1997).
I taught English for a couple of years, during which time I lived in Omiya, just north of Tokyo. In 2000 I stopped teaching, moved into Tokyo proper (Shinjuku, to be exact), and spent a year writing content for a portal website aimed at Japanese anglophiles.
From there I moved into web development, which I'm still doing today. I'm a self-taught geek, picking up what I've needed along the way; it's funny to think back to only eight years ago, when I didn't know anything about HTML, CSS or PHP, and compare that to today... when I still don't know much about them, and have less hair. Oh well.
Other Chris-related trivia:
About the site
The main part of this website is the blog, though it wasn't always so. Tokyo Tales v1.0 was originally a series of e-mails to friends and family back in the UK, during my first year in Japan (1998).
I then archived the e-mails on a free-hosting website in 1999 (v2.0), redesigned it and wrote there for a while (v2.1), left it for a while longer, and then bought tokyotales.com and started using Blogger in 2001 (v3.0).
I'm not terribly interested in awards (you *have* to say that, though, even if you're desperately interested) but the site was nominated for a Bloggie (not a Webby, that would be ridiculous) in 2002. That was in the days, however, when there wasn't a heck of a lot of competition. There was a total of something like four English-langauge blogs across the whole of Tokyo, of which mine was arguably the most shouty. Luckily the scene outside of Japan was a lot more interesting, as were the other nominees.
The site sat unattended and unloved from October 2002 to September 2005. I basically lost interest in doing it; work was getting crazy; I started a new relationship, and had other priorities all of a sudden. Like descending into a spiral of depression, quarter-life crisis and vending machine sake. No, I'm kidding about the last bit. But certainly the site took a back seat for a while there.
Tokyo Tales relaunched on October 1st, 2005, with a nice new design (mad props to Brian, Flash wizard extraordinaire, for the Tokyo skyline banner). An the rest, as they say, is history. (Apart from the bits that haven't happened yet, obviously.)
Geek stuff / Colophon
The site was built using a mixture of the following:
Other contributing factors:
It should look perfectly presentable on pretty much any modern(ish) browser that you might care to throw at it, though I will just point out that everything looks better in Safari. You really oughta.
No animals were directly harmed during the making of this website, though quite a few were eaten - *burp* - 'scuse me.
All the original content (text, photos, artwork) you see here is © 1998-2005 Chris Jennings and tokyotales.com unless otherwise stated. Comments posted to the website by other people are copyrighted by their original authors. However, I reserve the right to delete, or edit, if need be, any posted comments as I see fit - though it's very unlikely I'll ever bother. Company names, product & service names and other registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Drop me a line via the blog comments if you want to use anything in any way that falls outside the realm of fair use. (Please include the word "confidential" in the message body if you don't want the comment to be made public, and I'll catch it before it goes live.)