Strolling Down My Tokyo Art Beat Memory Lane

Tokyo Art Beat just had its 7th anniversary and we threw a big party to celebrate. I’m blown away. The seventh anniversary! I joined the TAB family within a year of launch, so that’s around six years for me. It’s basically most of my adult life. Feeling incredibly thankful and a little nostalgic, I wanted to jot down how I got here.

Here, is sharing office space with the industrious TAB staff, singing birthday songs and quibbling over furniture. Here, is at AQ, bringing planning and marketing power to TAB services. Here, is on the board of its mothership, the Gadago NPO, scheming and dreaming the next leg of our journey. And here, is with a fabulous group of friends who come together to make things happen, and have a blast doing so.

Note: These gorgeous photos were taken by Tomoyuki Ishida, our Art Map photographer extraordinaire. More will be available on our Facebook page and TABlog report soon. Very soon.

Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary party

My first contact with the TAB team was way back in 2005. I was looking to join something fun online that would take me out of my isolated university campus up in the mountains in Kanagawa.

I started as a data entry volunteer before quickly switching to Japanese-to-English translation, and became an Editor in April 2006 when TAB registered as a non-profit organization. TAB set up shop in a shared office for creatives, and you can’t imagine what an eye-opening experience it was to be surrounded by highly independent people who were extremely passionate about what they were doing. I’d probably be stuck in a cubicle now somewhere if it hadn’t been for those encounters.

The gazillion TAB event pages that I entered and translated were actually my very first foray into publishing content on the world wide web. Imagine that!

Fast forward a few years, while I graduated college and started working as an engineer. Disappeared into a black hole for a while. In August 2009, I joined AQ and naturally got more involved with TAB projects, just through physical proximity (and nosiness). Add seniority to the mix, and I joined the board in the summer of 2011.

A post on what’s happening there will come in a few weeks 🙂

Every time I meet a new TAB intern who’s a college student, I can’t help but think “OMG I was your age when I first started”. Actually, I say it. And feel really, really old. (Yes, I should probably stop saying it.)

Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party

Back to the party. A few hundred people that have loved and supported Tokyo Art Beat over the years in so many different ways, coming out on an autumn evening to see old friends and make new ones… truly, what could be better?

I feel a bit embarrassed to lay it all out like this. Thanks for reading my totally gratuitous stroll down memory lane!

If you haven’t already, why don’t you…

Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party
Tokyo Art Beat 7th Anniversary Party