EXP EDITION on VICE documentary

光希 (Koki) のKPOP group "EXP EDITION"が、VICEに取り上げられました。

「The World's Most Controversial K-Pop Group」というタイトルが付いているだけあって、CONTROVERSYが焦点。母親としては腹立たしくなる場面も出て来ます。目標を持った若者達が助け合いながら努力しているのを、どうしてここまで問題視する人たちがいるのか?ちょっと理解に苦しむところ

私が言えるのは、今までここまで叩かれても、やり続けて来て成果を出し始めてるってことは、彼らのやる気が本物だということ。根拠のない批判はそのうちに立ち消えていくはず。They are the men in the arena. Critics do not count.

今、EXP EDITIONは東京にいて、8月10日まで新宿のShowboxでライブをやっています。興味ある人いたら行ってみてください。スケジュールはこちら


Texan industrialist turned his polluting company into environmental leader

I manage programs for NT Renewable Energy Group. We had a honor to have Dale Crownover, CEO and President of Texas Nameplate Company, as a speaker for our July meeting.

The reasons I wanted to invite him were...
 - He runs small local manufacturing business.
 - He and his team have been improving their pollution producing business practices over the years to the point that they are recognized for their environmental stewardship.
 - He spends his personal time to encourage others to green up their practices.

His story was fascinating. We were encouraged by knowing company like this exists in our own backyard.

There are three things he talked about and did not show up in below linked sites.
 - He trademarked the phrase "Our nameplates are green." 
 - He often faces strong resistance from other business owners when he talks about going green.
 - They invented iScrubber, a closed-loop automated solvent scrubbing system. He let his major competitor come in to observe the system even though his management opporsed. They worried the competitor might imitate the system and their company might lose its competitive advantage. Surprising results? Two separate competitors asked Texas Nameplate perform that part of process for them. Texas Nameplate picked up extra business and revenue by generously opening the door to its competitor and sharing information to go green. Abundance mindset resulted in win/win. How cool is that?

Texas Nameplate Website

Detail story about the company...


光希 (Koki) のKPOP group "EXP EDITION"が、ゴールデンウィークに来日、5月2日に東京で初ライブ

末息子、光希 (Koki) のKPOP group "EXP EDITION"が、ゴールデンウィークに来日、5月2日に東京で初ライブします!


5月2日(水) 13:00 & 18:00 @ HY Town Hall


日本語のインタビュー (Time Out Tokyo)


光希:EXP EDITIONは不可能と思えることを追求するというアイデアから生まれました。ですから、僕たちのストーリーを聞き、パフォーマンスを見た人たちが、かつては叶えられないと思っていた夢や目標を追求してくれると嬉しいです。*


Texas, my home!

I've been living and working in Texas for almost a quarter-century.

No, it was not planned...

My dream country since childhood was Australia.
I had wonderful experiences there. Great memories.
I was working on and close to move there as I had planned for a long time.

Well, life happens.

When I moved to Dallas, Texas, I had no idea what Texas was like. Cactus and cowboys on horses were just about the images I had.
The first night, we had torrential rain. Roads became rivers and I was horrified.
I had two babies and one toddler at my toe, needless to say, was overwhelmed.
I remember crying "What's in the world I was thinking to agree to come to the place like this!"

The thing is...Plano, Texas, where I've been living since, turned out to be a wonderful place to raise children (my treasures), really a great place to live and is getting better and better!

That's how the title, Iitoko Dallas and then Iitoko Texas came about. Iitoko means "good place" in Japanese.

I love here, warts and all.
I am a proud transplanted Texan.
"Home is where the heart is."
This is my home.


DFW Solar Tour next Sat (Oct.7) Free and open to public

Interested in clean energy? On October 7th (Sat), you have a chance to see solar and energy efficiency in action and learn from homeowners and businesses who use them.

8th Annual DFW Solar Tour is free event.

About 20 individual sites and 7 education centers with lectures/events throughout DFW to choose from.
Check the locations page for details and schedule at each site.

My 3 years old rooftop solar PV system has been producing slightly more electricity than I have consumed since the installation. I am happy with my PV system and glad I have one.

Attending these events and learning from people who have been using is one of the best ways to ask questions without pressure. They have gone through what you are going through and happy to help if you just ask, I'd bet.


183 EVs at Grapevine Mills Mall today (Sep 9, Sat 10am - 12pm)

183 Electric Vehicles of 20 different models - will be at Grapevine Mills Malls today between 10am to noon.

Proud owners of these EVs volunteer to bring their vehicles, share their EV stories, answer questions, and may let you test drive!

I drive Prius C - hybrid, not an EV, because it is one of the most fuel efficient, reasonably priced, dependable car that let me have the mobility I want / need in Dallas area.

But, I've been looking for more options for clean energy vehicle for sometime. 

As more automakers will bring EVs into the market in coming years, we want to learn more about then. Learning from the current owners, at the event like tomorrow's, is one of the best opportunity to do so.

Hope many of you can join!