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Into The East

Hey, Japan, I’m headed your way and looking for gigs!

I’ve received official confirmation that I’ll be presenting a half-day tutorial at the Fourteenth International World Wide Web Conference, otherwise known as WWW2005, and also delivering a keynote and participating in a panel at the W4A Workshop at the same conference.  WWW2005 will be held in Chiba, Japan, running from 10 – 14 May 2005.  There will be more details on the Complex Spiral Events page in the next week or so.

So here’s the deal: I’m already committed to travel to Japan,  so this is a rare opportunity for any companies, organizations, or other groups that would like to hire me for training, speaking, or other consulting.  My usual fees include reasonable travel expenses such as hotel room and airfare, and as you might imagine, a plane flight from the eastern United States to Japan is just a tad expensive.  (Try somewhere around $1,250 for economy class and $7,500 for business class.)  However, since I’m going to be there anyway, I’ll waive the airfare expense for any consulting engagements.  That’s a pretty notable savings no matter what airfare class I’ll be flying.

Here’s the flip side: I will need to book my flights before the end of January, in order to make sure I can get good flight arrangements.  That means I’ll need to have settled any agreements to consult (in whatever capacity) by that time.  So if you’re in Japan or know people who are there and interested in standards, spread the word!  This is the first time I’ll ever have been to Japan, and I may not be back again for quite some time.  Any assistance in making the trip more productive will be greatly appreciated.

If you have a suggestion on where I could search for leads, feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.  If you have a business proposal or wish to seriously discuss how we might work together, please contact me via the inquiry address at Complex SpiralDomo arigato!

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    • Mon 29 Nov 2004
    • 1007
    Adam Rice wrote in to say...

    You can probably get a flight cheaper than $1250. Look up Japan Travel Bureau (they have a few offices around the USA). They’re Japan’s biggest travel agency, and book huge volumes of seats wholesale. I’ve always gotten fares around $750 (including a domestic flight in the USA to get to LA). If you’re lucky, they’ll book you on JAL.

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    • Mon 29 Nov 2004
    • 1128
    Keith Burgin wrote in to say...

    Doesn’t Southwest fly to… well, southwest Japan?

    • #3
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    • Mon 29 Nov 2004
    • 1300
    Lisa Onizuka wrote in to say...

    Be sure to visit the snow monkeys if you get a chance! How to get there…

    • #4
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    • Fri 3 Dec 2004
    • 2058
    Mayu wrote in to say...

    Awsome!
    Just when I was starting to feel left out after leaving San Francisco for Tokyo… :D

    I’ll be sure to spread the word, Eric.

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