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October 30th, 2013 Halloween!


Halloween decorations are everywhere in Japan now. I can find not only decorations, but also tasty looking pumpkin dishes.



It might be fun to make sweets by myself from pumpkins and enjoy Halloween atmosphere!


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October 22nd, 2013 Boss Day


Did you know that last week, Oct. 16th was "Boss Day"? How would you express your boss, respectable, scary, funny, lovable, or any other word? How would I express mine? Secret. :)


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October 15th, 2013 Field day


Autumn has come. In Japan, autumn is a pleasant season because it has many fine days and the temperature is mild.

Many Japanese schools have a field day in this season.



Cheers coming from schools on their field days remind me of my school days.

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October 1st, 2013 Harvest season


Harvest moon has passed, and Autumn has come in Japan.


It is said that Autumn is the harvest season and the best season for reading. So I feel like it is the season to instill the energy built up during Summer into myself.

I enjoy this season by reading and having various fruits.


Autumn, full of austerely elegant colors, pleases my eye.


The nice comfortable weather allows us to enjoy the night, but let's try not to enjoy too much that we spend sleepless nights.

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September 17th, 2013 Oktoberfest


Have you ever heard of Oktoberfest? Most people may only know that people drink German beers in the festival, and I was also one of them.

Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually at Munich in Bavaria, Germany from late September to the first weekend in October. And to my surprise, it has been going on for more than 200 years.




I'd love to have the real German beers, sausages, and pretzels one day.

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September 10th, 2013 New School Year


Has summer break (or winter break in southern countries) ended in your country? New semester has started in most of Japanese schools, and we are seeing children commuting to their schools.


The elementary school students in Japan typically use very heavy-duty backpack you see in the photo. It lasts for more than six years, so they use it for all their elementary school years. And many also hang on the bag a crime-prevention alarm that emits large sound just in case they encounter danger.

How did you commute when you were small?

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September 3rd, 2013 Venice


The series of festivals and exhibitions held in Italy, Venice Biennale, is going on now.


I love to see movies, but my favorite movies are the ones made by small independent film companies rather than the popular ones people talk about. I also like to watch DVDs on life story of historical persons or famous musicians.


I tried to imagine being in "the lagoon city" which I've never been to. Speaking of Italy where Venice is located, I also wish to visit the Duomo in Florence I read in a novel.




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August 27th, 2013 Rugby Football


It is said that on August 24th, 1823, a boy in England playing in a football game got so excited that he held the ball and started to run toward the goal.

From then on the sport "Rugby", in which players can hold the ball and run toward the goal, was born. The name was given after Rugby public school the boy went to.


An good example of an innovation driven by a rule-breaker, isn't it?

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August 20th, 2013 Festivals


I've created an album of Japanese summer festivals with million moments this time. Drums, stalls, and fireworks are the important components that make up Japanese summer festivals.



Since it's been so hot, I should be careful not to get heat stroke even during fun festivals.

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August 6th, 2013 Sea


A word "sea" calls to my mind the vivid colors I saw on beach such as white sand, blue ocean, and a red beach ball.


Living in a city, it's difficult to feel close to sea in my everyday life. However, my shellfish help me do so. Their unique and amazing shapes speak to me that they came from nowhere but the mother sea that created many living beings.


I also love the tranquility of the deserted beach of southern islands.


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July 30th, 2013 Fireworks


Fireworks are used on special occasions around the world. In Japan, many firework festivals are organized in summer, and I always enjoy being at one of them.


When was your special occasion that you enjoyed fireworks?

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July 23rd, 2013 Geta (wooden clogs)


Hi! Various festivals are held during summer in Japan. Many people go to festivals in a traditional style, yukata and geta.

So, today we are featuring the pictures of geta.



They are worn on your bare feet to walk leaning your weight forth and make a lovely clip-clop noise while walking.

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July 9th, 2013 Wimbledon Tennis


Have you enjoyed watching this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament? I sure did. The tournament began in year 1877, with 22 players participating.

The tournament started on July 9th of the year, so it means it started exactly 136 years back from today.


Isn't it amazing to see the tournament which started with a small number of players continued and kept growing for so long? I'd love to go see the matches there someday.

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July 2nd, 2013 The Star Festival (Tanabata)


July 7th (Tanabata) has been familiar in Japan from long time ago as the day that people think of a myth about the star Vega and Milky Way.


In my hometown, an event like Halloween is held every year in Tanabata, and children visit one another's houses to get a lot of sweets.


It is said that Milky Way is the crowd of stars. It's a strange feeling to think that we can see ancient stars now. See you!


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June 25th, 2013 Summer solstice


In Japan, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 this year. It is called "Geshi" in Japan. As you may know, it occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight.

It's been rainy season in Tokyo and I haven't seen the sun for a couple of days. So I can't sense that it actually is coming soon.

It is said that the midnight sun occurs in high-latitude countries around the solstice. I wish to see the never-setting sun once in my lifetime!



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June 11th, 2013 Hydrangea


In June, hydrangeas are blossoming beautifully in Japan.

They all look alike, most of them having pale blue or pale purple color, but when you look closely from different angles, you will be able to find and enjoy the individual taste of the flowers.


I took this picture near my office. The color gradations are beautiful.


Generally I like to simply arrange them in a glass vase, but dried flowers have a different touch.


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June 4th, 2013 June Bride


Is the term "June Bride" popular in your country? The legend originated in Europe has it that the brides married in June live happy married life ever after.


From weather point of view, June is not a good season to have a bridal ceremony in Japan because the month tends to be very rainy. It is said that hotels in Japan made the term popular in order to lift their sales in the low season.

Anyway, hearty congratulations to all of you who are planning to get married this month!

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May 30th, 2013 Emerald


Hello! I wrote about April birthstone in the article posted on April 15. I also found out May birthstone was emeralds.


The expression "emerald green" used to describe clear and mystic green color shows how people have loved the green glitter of the stone.

It is said that Cleopatra loved emeralds and she owned an emerald mine! I guess she must be fascinated with their clear green.


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May 28th, 2013 Everest


On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norkay became the first explorers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. So this time I created an album of Mt. Everest with million moments.



An album with pictures taken on the mountain I actually climbed must become an unforgettable memory. Unfortunately, I can't seem to climb this level of mountain though.

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May 14th, 2013 Thanks to mothers


Mothers Day has come.


On Mothers Day, I've been giving a gift to my mother every year since I started working.


Originally, Mothers Day was adopted in West Virginia of the United States by Ms. Anna Jarvis' campaign and spread over many regions.

For each year, I have selected suitable gifts for my mother, such as, folding fans or a handkerchief, though carnations are common as a gift.


I believe that sending a heart-touching e-mail with pictures attached is also appreciated by mothers.

Past article: September 18th, 2012 Let’s show your appreciation to your (grand)parents by Aki

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May 7th, 2013 Children's Day


May 5th is a day called "Children's Day" in Japan. The day was established by Japanese government to wish the healthy growth of the children.


On this day, Japanese people display carp streamers and armor suits at home. The carp symbolizes healthy growth and the armor symbolizes strength.

My son's birthday happened to be the following day, May 6th. He just turned five, but for him, May just seems to mean a happy month which he receives a lot of gifts.

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April 25th, 2013 International Guide Dog Day


April 24 is International Guide Dog Day. International Guide Dog Federation set the day to the last Wednesday in April.

Many events are held to promote a better understanding of guide dogs on the day.


Through an event like this one, I hope to find a contribution I can make to lessen barriers in our society.

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April 22nd, 2013 Bookshelves in "Bookshelf"


I've created an album of bookshelves in million moments.


It seems to me that someone's bookshelf represents his/her mind or what he/she thinks, and if so, libraries are filled with the world's various thoughts.


The arrays of well-designed hardcover books are beautiful. Hopefully I will keep my mind well-organized like this.


Chao!

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April 15th, 2013 Birthstone of April


Hi! Do you know what your birthstone is? Actually I wasn't aware of it, but I just happened to learn the birthstone of this month, April.



The birthstone of April is the diamond. It is so beautiful on its own, but viewing with million moments adds an extra touch! Perhaps I should create a jewelry album.

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April 11th, 2013 A space journey


"I visited a space station during the last holidays."


When I was a child, I imagined the future that this kind of conversation became nothing special as we felt space was so close to us.

April 12th is "Yuri's Night." On this day in 1961, a Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin achieved the first manned flight.


Seeing the beautiful space pictures, I look forward to the time when we enjoy space journeys easily.

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April 8th, 2013 Strawberry picking


One of my family's spring delights is visiting farms for their newly harvested fruit. Among many, the most popular fruit is strawberry.

On last weekend, we had fun picking strawberries and eating them as much as we can. We don't need strawberries for next couple of weeks. What do you like to do in April?




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April 4th, 2013 Music instrument pictures


A piano, a violin, a metronome...sophisticated designs of music instruments, scores or equipment add touch of quality to my album.


Their shapes that had been continuously refined through many ages are so beautiful.


I found out today, April 4, is International Piano Tuners' Day determined by International Association of Piano Builders and Technicians. Have you already had your piano tuned?



Chao!

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April 2nd, 2013 Cherry blossoms mean school start


Hi! April has come. In Japan, a new school year begins in April. So usually, cherry blossoms in spring mean beginning of school. However this year, cherry blossoms have already fallen in many places because they came into bloom a bit earlier than usual. It seems the cherry trees could not wait for the new comers.


Speaking of new comers, the million moments blog makes new start with new writers, Mats, Tom, TA and IK. We feel brand new like freshmen and look forward to sharing our activities with you.

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March 25th, 2013 Cherry blossoms



Hi. I feel the arrival of spring season as the weather in Tokyo is getting gradually warmer.

In the early spring, cherry blossoms will be in full bloom.
The cherry blossoms are one of the very first things that come to Japanese people’s minds when they feel the arrival of spring.




In Japan, fiscal year and school year begins in April, so cherry blossoms remind me of both partings with my good friends and meetings with new friends.


Talking of “partings”, this post will be the last one from me. Gokaichi will touch on the new authors in his next post.


Thank you all for reading my posts, and I hope you will continue to enjoy using million moments.


Thanks once again, and au revoir :)
Aki


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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March, 21th, 2013 A new invention -Fridge Board!


Hi, this is Gokaichi. My wife's friend has purchased a new refrigerator, and has given her old one to us. (Thanks!) The refrigerator that came to our home was very standard one. Looking at it, I felt short on fun, so I decided to let my imagination go free. The outcome is a refrigerator with blackboard-paint painted over it.


The refrigerator turned into a blackboard. My kids are having fun drawing things with chalks and attaching magnets. The rough drawings add good flavor to the refrigerator.

Actually, I was a bit concerned on how it would turn out, but after all, it became a very cool home appliance. Making an equipment original is a way to add value to it, isn't it? See you!

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March 18th, 2013 Cooking + million moments



Hi, it’s Aki.

I found some cooking photos in my photo storage, so I put them into my million moments album.


Beans curry and Samosa (Indian pastry).




Taking photos while cooking is difficult, but they add different “taste” to my album.


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the iOS version.



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March, 14th, 2013 White Day


Hi, this is Gokaichi. There is a unique day in Japan which we call "White Day". It is 14th of March, and on this day, men are supposed to give sweets to women. Well, here it is. Today is the day.


There are the photos taken on last year's White day. Next year, my son will be three years old. Maybe then, I can make some sweets with him. That would be awesome. See you!

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March 4th, 2013 Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)



Hi, it’s Aki.

March 3rd is a special day called “Hinamatsuri” or Doll Festival in Japan. For Hinamatsuri we set up dolls that represent the emperor, empress and their servants.
It’s one of Japanese seasonal festivals, and on that day we celebrate girls’ health and growth.


Here is my daughter’s first Hinamatsuri a few years back. I can’t believe she was so little.




When you want to look back photos taken long ago, the slider below your album will let you go back the pages easily and quickly.



On some handset slide up the screen to show the slider.


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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February, 28th, 2013 Framed pictures in larger size


Hi, it's Gokaichi. I made picture frames to add a twist to my article last summer, "Let's make a framed picture"


I think it looks better when you have small multiple page put together rather than one large page. If you were inspired by my post, make one yourself too, and let us know on Twitter. See you!

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February 25th, 2013 Food in Hawaii



Hi everyone, it’s Aki. On my last post, I shared with you my pictures of Hawaii. On this post, I’d like to share with you more joy I found in Hawaii –the local food. Isn’t the discovery of unique local dishes a huge joy of traveling?


So, here are some pages of my “Food” album.


One of my favorite features of million moments is that a picture can be added to multiple albums simply by attaching multiple labels. The pictures above are in both my “Food” album and my “Travel” album.

Our tutorial for making an album can be found here:
Quick guide to million moments: Part 1 Let's create an album


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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February 18th, 2013 Trip dream came true



Hi everyone, it’s Aki. Do you recall my trip albums I shared with you last month? I really enjoy browsing the photos taken in places far away. I dream of visiting the places while turning the pages.


And at last, my trip dream came true. Please take a trip in your mind by browsing through my million moments album. I finally was able to visit Hawaii, not in my mind, but in real. I was invited to a wedding of my friend who lives there.


It was so nice to escape from freezing Tokyo.


If you live in Hawaii, the pictures above might not excite you. In such a case, please enjoy taking a “trip” to Macau or Taiwan.


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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February 12th, 2013 Valentine’s Day



Valentine’s Day is coming, and I’m giving thoughts on what to prepare for that day. I don’t know how people in your country spend that day, but in Japan, women give chocolates, cookies or candies to their friends, family, colleagues, etc.


And this year, I’d like to e-mail this page to those who live in the distance.


The tutorial for sending a page via e-mail can be found here.


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone :)


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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February, 7th, 2013 Praying for good health for this year


Hi, this is Gokaichi. Have you ever heard of "Setsubun"? It is a traditional event in Japan to chase out evil spirit and pray for good health for that year. On the evening of the day, we yell, "Out with the ogre! In with the happiness!" while scattering parched soy beans inside and outside our homes. It may sound odd, but we seriously do it. (Laugh)


In most cases, fathers put on the mask of ogre and pretend to be evil spirit. And kids have fun throwing the beans while chasing the father. Well, in my case this year, I tried to be as agre-looking as possible as you can see here. The result? A big success. My son cried like crazy looking at me. We also have a tradition to eat a special sushi-roll called "Eho-maki"on that day. Eho means good and lucky direction and Maki means roll. We are supposed to face a specified good direction and eat without speaking. Aren't such traditions interesting? What are the unique traditions in your country? See you!

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January, 31th, 2013 Why do kids wake up early?


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I've been spending busy days lately. I tend to go to bed after twelve o'clock midnight. In such a case, I wish to wake up in the morning after seven o'clock, but in contrast to my modest wish, I hear my son's voice "Daddy! Let's play with choo choo trains!" at five o'clock. Yes, my son wakes up at sunrise. It's a kind of a moment you realize humans are animal beings too.


He plays in the morning like this. So, most of my photos in my son's album are taken in the morning. It means I only spend time with my son in the morning on weekdays. Would I be a typical father in Japan? I don't know. See you!

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January 28th, 2013 Winter in Tokyo



Hi everyone. How is the weather where you live? In Tokyo, we had snow 2 weeks ago.



It was very cold outside, but my heart gradually got warm as I turned pages of my albums in million moments. The new snow-white pages looked pretty good too, adding seasonal taste to my album.


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the iOS version.



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January 21st, 2013 Escape! (part 2)



Hi everyone, it’s Aki again. On my last post I shared my travel album with you. One of my colleagues looked the post and shared with me some of his photos taken in Taiwan last year.


So, my trip fantasy on million moments continues:





Enjoy!


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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January 17th, 2013 Escape! (part 1)



Hi everyone, it’s Aki. Sadly, my winter holidays are over, and I still have hard time adjusting to my usual life. I can’t resist dreaming of escaping from reality to be free from all the constraints.


If you are with me, I’d like to share with you what I love to do to let my mind fly into the world of imagination. Very simple, I just open my “Travel” album.





So here I am, back in Macau six years ago.


It’s so much fun to create a travel-themed album and look back the pictures when you feel like escaping from reality.


Bon Voyage!


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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December, 27th, 2012 Season's Greetings


Hi, this is Gokaichi. This will be our last post to our blog this year.

I took time yesterday and looked back my pictures with million moments app. It's only been a half year since I started using the app, but I was able to recall many memories of my family that must had faded away if I didn't look back. The moment when my son stumbled and cried, the moment when he tried to carry my big heavy bag, and many other moments that captured my ordinary life were all in my albums. I feel happy when I look back such photos taken in my daily life.

And I'd like to share with you that the number of pages in my train album has been growing steadily since then. It was meant to be for my son, but now it's my hobby too.

Also, since I've started working for million moments app, the number of occasions I talk with people outside of Sony has increased. Both the people within and outside my company working for the app are all very talented and nice, and I'm thankful for being able to take a part in this project.

And last but not least, I'd like to thank you all for using the app. We really appreciate your comments and requests. My colleague Aki will make our first shout on this blog next year. Wish you all a happy new year, and talk to you again soon!


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December 10th, 2012 Getting prepared for the holidays



The holiday season is coming, and I see many Christmas trees on streets and in some stores. Are you preparing for winter holidays?


If you wish to make your preparation even more joyful and memorable, I would recommend you to take out your smartphone, shoot photos while preparing, and make an album. Each page of the album will express the excitement that builds up day by day. Trees, recipes, home décor, gifts, or your to-do list – take photos every day, and your album would be full of magical moments. When you look back your pictures after the holidays, I’m sure you will discover again how special the month of December was.



So, have you taken your photo today yet? Have fun!


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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December, 6th, 2012 Hand-making coffee liqueur


Hi, this is Gokaichi. My wife has got a recipe for hand-making coffee liqueur from somewhere, so we decided to try making one by ourselves. A cafe owner in neighboring town taught to us "You should use the rich one", so we bought coffee beans that’s roasted well.


Is it okay for the coffee beans to float like this? I have my fingers crossed that it will be ready by Christmas. See you!

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December 3rd, 2012 A trip to Kochi



Hi, it’s Aki again. The other day I visited Kochi, a city located at the south of Shikoku (the smallest of the four main islands of Japan). The trip was exciting for me because it was the first time for me to visit Shikoku Island.


In Kochi, I explored an area rich in nature called “Kagami”, and enjoyed beautiful mountain sceneries. All the wild and tasty vegetables harvested in the mountains were also splendid.





To look back a trip like this, I would recommend you to change the “picture sort order” setting of your album to “Oldest first”.



Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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November 26th, 2012 Japanese tradition in November



Have you ever heard of “Shichi-go-san”? It means “seven, five, and three” in Japanese. It’s a traditional festival in Japan for children who will be turning either one of those three ages. It’s held on November 15th or on weekends in middle of November to celebrate the health and growth of children.


On the day of Shichi-go-san, children dress up in kimono (Japanese traditional dress) and go to shrines with their parents and/or grandparents.


Maya, the child actress starring in our promo video, had also enjoyed this traditional event last year.



Isn’t a moment like this, a day to celebrate your small child’s growth, a perfect memory you’d want to keep to yourself using million moments app?

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November, 22th, 2012 Update for iOS version


[Title] Update for iOS version Hi, this is Gokaichi. An update for iOS version was released yesterday from App Store. Several new features and improvements were added, including the new screen design optimized for iPhone 5.


New screen design optimized for iPhone 5


The Back Button is now place at the top left corner. The button appears when you tap that place or any other white area on the page with no picture.


When a picture is enlarged, you can now share the picture to social network service with just a tap of a button.

Please give it a try. See you!

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November, 19th, 2012 Ado has turned seven


Hi, this is Gokaichi. Today is the birthday of Ado, the actress dog starring in our promotion video. Congrats!


She has turned seven today. We're asking this cool and beautiful lady to contribute more to our works as an actress working exclusively for us. Her answer? "Bowwow!" See you!

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November 15th, 2012 Create a birthday card



Hi everyone, do you remember our actress dog, Ado? Her birthday is soon to come, so I’d like to make a birthday card for her with million moments.


First, import some birthday-like images to million moments. Then open your “ALL” album, select those photos imported, and change the date taken to her date of birth.



Adding a message to her would make the card look more loving.



OK, it’s all set! Happy birthday, Ado!



Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.

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November, 12th, 2012 Creating a new album compiling my favorite photos


Hi, this is Gokaichi. Triggered by the great pictures which are submitted to our photo comp, I created a new album compiling my favorite photos.


Most of those pictures were taken on my way to the office. Recently I've been so busy that I couldn't even shoot a snap, but you know, whenever I start million moments and turn the pages, I get motivated to take pictures. See you!

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November 5th, 2012 Let’s look back Halloween



Hi everyone, did you enjoy Halloween? The western tradition is getting popular here in Japan recently too.


Well, if you had enjoyed the event, it would of course be nice to look back the photos you’ve taken by million moments album. Now that almost a week has passed, let’s recall our precious moments by turning the pages.


Here are some cute BOO’s and EEK’s:




How was your Halloween? Show us you or your family’s disguises on Twitter, at @millionmoments with a hashtag #millionmoments!


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.

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November, 1st, 2012 Zoo visit


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I went to a zoo at the end of September with my child. He was so happy to see the lions and the giraffes he only see in his picture books. He however was too scared to hold baby chicks or the hamsters on his hands at the small animals' cage. And I got so preoccupied by the cute little penguins that I took more penguin photos than my own son.


It's been almost a half year since I started using million moments. The number of pages of my children's album has grown along with their growth. When you want to take a quick look-back of such an album, you might want to do so by changing the setting of the album temporarily, by adjusting the "Book time span." Give it a try, if you've never done it before. See you! posted by gokaichi | Category: tips |  Previous article

October 29th, 2012 Autumn leaves



Hi everyone, thank you all once again for participating in our million moments photo competition.


I’ve been sharing with you the photos from the competition lately, but today, I’d like to go back to million moments app and share with you some pages created by the app.


The theme for today is “autumn leaves”. In Japan we enjoy watching the leaves change their colors as the weather turns cold. I can’t resist showing off to you some great shots taken here in Japan in autumn.






From next week onwards, I will be bringing to you the tips on how to make the most out of million moments again.


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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October, 1st, 2012 A Business Trip to San Diego


Hi, this is Gokaichi. The other day, I took a business trip and went to an office at San Diego, California. The office there stood in a broad area with few buildings. It was quite cozy for me because I grew up in countryside, and I used to work at an office in a suburban town.


My mission this time was to study users behavior. I was aware of the difference between Japanese users and the US users from data perspective, but the study helped me understand the difference more in depth and in detail.

I just wish I could communicate better in English with local team. My study could have been even more fruitful if my English skill was higher. Where there is a will, there is a way. I need to keep up my work. See you!

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September 27th, 2012 Flowers


I feel flowers and million moments make perfect match, as the flowers bloom even more beautifully when they are laid out on a page of an album. With each turn of a page, you can enjoy the change in the season.


Small flowers like violas look very vivid and beautiful both in close-ups and in long shots.


The photos of violas I used today are taken by Mimoto, a flower shop in Kochi, Japan. The flower shop is using million moments to upload photos of their flowers to their facebook page.


Flowers and million moments, a perfect match aren’t they?


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.



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September, 20th, 2012 I loved using film camera when I was a student.


Hi, this is Gokaichi. When I was a college student, I used to take pictures using my negative film cameras. I'd like to share with you today some pictures I took back then. These days, adding toy-camera effect to pictures is popular, but back in my college days, the actual toy cameras, not an effect, were popular. And I enjoyed taking photos using my old second-hand cameras.


But I also love using toy-camera effects now days. It's so easy and fun. Oh by the way, speaking of picture effects, we also make available our Android app called photo editor with many effects including toy-camera. Oops, did I sound like I made a pitch of our app? Well, I guess I just love our apps. See you!

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September 18th, 2012 Let’s show your appreciation to your (grand)parents


Yesterday, September 17th, was a Japanese holiday called “Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day”. People in Japan show their respect and appreciation to their parents or grandparents by sending gifts or by visiting them if you don’t live with them.


Even if you are not in Japan, I’d like to propose to take this opportunity to take an action. Let’s show your appreciation to your parents or grandparents using million moments, like this:


To share a page, drag a page up to show the menu on the bottom, and tap the “share” icon on the bottom right.
For more details please refer to this post.



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September, 13th, 2012 Let's try changing the "time span" of a book


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'd like to look back how my young son quickly grows by changing the "time span" of my book. The setting allows you to see either a day's photo on a page or a week's photo on a page, by thinning out the photos displayed on a page.

1. Long-press the book you wish to change the setting


2. Tap "Book time span"


3. Select the time span


4. Go back to the previous page, and save the settings


Let's see how it looks now.

I've created two books for my two children. This time, I set the time span to a week, and looked back how my younger son changed each week.


I did realize he gradually got heavier, but did not really notice the change in his expression. (He has gotten fatter too...) A baby grows up so fast and become a child. I wish not to miss out these precious moments I am spending with him now.

Note: The images and the menu displayed may slightly be different for the Android version.


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September 10th, 2012 Add effects to your pics


Hi everyone. It’s Aki again. How are you all doing? I would be happy if you could share with me what you’re up to on twitter.


By the way, your album looks more professional when there is a unified taste to the pictures inside. On my other post I shared with you my book based on my favorite color. That’s one way, and another way is to apply effects before importing your pictures.


Below are the pictures without effects. The page looks fun, but maybe there are too many colors.


Below are the pictures imported after effects are added.


I used our “photo editor” app to add effects to the pictures used in the lower image. If you have Android handset, please give it a try.



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September, 6th, 2012 I don't like how my daddy gives me a bath


Hi this is Gokaichi. Raise your hand if you are a father in charge of giving your baby a bath. My hand is high up. Giving bath to my baby is mainly my role, and I enjoy singing and playing with my baby in bath every day. My older son is especially fond of me dropping water like waterfall from a bowl raised high. When the young newborn son was too small to bath together with me, I gave him a bath in a small baby tub. I did this every day, but he cried whenever I did that. On the other hand, he never cried when his mother gave him a bath...



Oh well, but he got a bit bigger, and he no longer uses the small baby tub. He doesn't cry when he's together with his father in a big tub. It will probably take other seven to eight months until he will be able to play with his big brother in the bath tub. Until then, I should hold back from doing that water fall play. See you!

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August 23rd, 2012 What is your favorite color?


Hi again, everyone. Do you remember that I wrote about my book of sweets? This time, I want to collect my favorites again, but from a different angle. My theme this time is not a specific object. It’s a color.


So here it is a book of my favorite color, “green.”


I like this book because it allows me to enjoy many different pictures, my kids, sceneries that I saw, the food I ate, and so on in one book. The book obviously have unified taste, but at the same time, it has wide variety of pictures that otherwise would never come together. Pretty nice, isn’t it?


Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly be different for the Android version.



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August, 20th, 2012 A big sunflower


This is Gokaichi. My family did not travel this summer because a new baby boy was born. We decided to just relax at my home, taking walks around my neighborhood.

At a park I stopped by to play with my elder child after buying some groceries, I found a big sunflower shooting up to the sky. The bright yellow petals were standing out in the blue sky. This is typical summer scenery that I love the most.


Since I've started working in Tokyo, I rarely had a chance to see a big sunflower. It was a happy surprise encounter. See you!


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August 16th, 2012 Scrapbooking using million moments


Hi everyone. In the last post from Gokaichi, he created a framed photo using a printout of a page from million moments. This time, I would like to share with you another way of making use of the printed pages.


I’m into scrapbooking. So I thought of using two pages of my album from million moments as the basis of my new scrapbook. It’s not difficult – just print two pages out, spread them, and then embellish them with many different pieces of patterned papers.


One difficult step in scrapbooking is deciding on the layout of the photos. It’s not easy to neatly lay out many pictures on a page, but million moments has made it easy for me to create a page with pictures well laid out.


I believe there are many more ways of making use of million moments. Unleash your creativity, and show us the works you came up with on Twitter, with a hush tag “#millionmoments”. I can’t wait to see your art works!



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August, 15th, 2012 Let's make a framed picture


Hi, Gokaichi is back again. This time, I'd like to share with you how I made a framed picture for myself.

1. Prepare a letter-size picture frame. I like wooden frames with knot marks and uneven painting that allows me to feel the wood texture.


2. Download your favorite pages among the pages you have uploaded to Facebook.


3. Print them out in letter size.


4. Put them into the picture frames and you see...


nice framed pictures like these. They are made from plain ordinary photos I took, but they don't look bad at all don't they? Since the dates are automatically inserted, it might be even better if you use photos you took on anniversaries such as your birthday. If you liked it, please give it a try. See you!


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August, 6th, 2012 A New Member of My Family


Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'm very happy to share with you that my new baby boy has born. I feel not only the joy but also the responsibility as a father to foster this new life that joined my family.

Well of course, the joy is much much greater actually. Yahooooooooooo! Hurraaaaaay!



His hands and feet are so tiny and adorable.

I'd like to keep the millions of moments that I will be spending with this boy with million moments app. I'd also like to make posts of this baby to this blog from time to time. See you!

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August 2nd, 2012 The new update will allow you to do something like this!


Hi everyone. On my last post, I’ve introduced to you three new features in our latest update. Today, I’d like to put my focus on one of those features, a new option to change the order of pictures within an album, and show you how you can enjoy that feature.


If you need to go over how to use this feature, please refer to my last post.


I’ve changed an album into the “oldest first” order, and now you can see the artwork being finished step by step.


I would recommend using this sorting order, oldest first, for viewing something that progresses in time, like some type of work you do or your child’s race.


Enjoy choosing the different order for different albums!


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this post. The images may slightly be different for the iOS version.



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July, 17th, 2012 Labeling while commuting on public transportation


The labels are one of the unique features of million moments. To be honest, I'm sure that there are a lot of you out there who's not excited by the idea of organizing your photos using labels. I used to be one of such people, and I still don't organize photos stored on my PC. I don't feel I have time or the enthusiasm.

Two weeks ago on my train, I was looking back at my photos with million moments because I finished reading my book and there was nothing to do. I saw my son appearing on several pages, so I started adding labels to those photos. I only put about four or five labels, but the book of my son with the new photos looked much nicer than I expected.


(My son is into flowers recently.)

I still don't push myself at home to organize all the photos I have, but I take my spare time while commuting or at my lunch time to enjoy looking back at my photos and adding labels to them if I feel like doing so. How do you like to organize your photos? See you!

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July, 12th, 2012 Summer is coming (4)


This is Gokaichi. A series of four posts under the theme of "Summer is coming!" has come to the last one.


If I were asked what my summer memories are, I recall my fourth grade summer vacation that I spent at my grandma's place. Her house was in the suburbs where there were beaches, mountains, and fields all nearby. I spent the whole day swimming and catching bugs with my cousins. That unforgettable summer days are remaining in my heart.
May be I should stop cooling myself off in an air-conditioned room, and play with my son outdoors. See you!

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July, 5th, 2012 Summer is coming (2)


This is Gokaichi. Now it's my turn to make a post under the title of "Summer is coming." The theme of my post is Japanese people's favorite summer time recreation, fireworks.


I prefer sparkling fireworks that I hold in my hands rather than the big rocketing fireworks. I love to make all of my friends hold the sparkling fireworks and light them up together. It's also good to enjoy fireworks just by myself after the party, feeling the aroma of the fun time left behind.

Next up will also be "Summer is coming" post. Please look forward to it. See you!

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June, 28th, 2012 Keep your kids’ artworks


Hi everyone. It’s rainy season here in Japan, and during the season, we are forced to spend more time at home. How is the weather in your town?


Today, I would like to share with you a book which features my daughter’s favorite indoor activities – painting, drawing, and paper crafting which we call “Origami.”





Storing the works of the little artists on million moments along with the photos of themselves is one way of using the app that I really like. You will be able to see their growth even more. I’m sure you cannot help but smile when you look back at the works of the geniuses. Just give this idea a try!


Note: The screen shots of Android version are used in this blog. The images may slightly be different for the iOS version.

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June, 25th, 2012 Make a book with photos on Facebook taken with SLR camera


The quality of photos taken with recent smartphones is really getting better, but digital cameras, especially SLR cameras still exceed smartphones in its picture quality.
Basically, million moments is designed to make books from the photos taken with your smartphone, but it can also import photos from your Facebook account. Let me show you today a tip on how to take advantage of this feature to make a book with good photos taken with your SLR camera.


Preparation. Upload your photos taken with your SLR camera to Facebook

1. Tap Import icon


2. Choose your Facebook album


3. Select and import the photos


When you open your "ALL" book, you should be able to see your photos taken with your SLR photos. Doesn't the book look a lot more sharper now?


I make a separate book for myself just made of the photos of my child taken with my SLR camera. It's a perfect book to show to any one when I'm asked "Can I see your boy?" See you!

Note: I will be using screen shots of our iOS version in this blog. The images may slightly be different for the Android version.


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June, 18th, 2012 "Train Book" for kids


It feels like the love for cars and trains is a natural instinct of little boys. The same goes for my two-year-old boy. He loves trains, but for some reason I don't know, he's especially fond of slow local trains rather than the fast bullet trains.

I've been taking the photos of trains for my child with my smartphone. Today, let me show you all how I can make a "Train Book" for little kids using million moments.

1. Tap settings




2. Name a label "Train"



3. Go back to the book shelf, and open "ALL" book



4. Put "Train" label to train photos (How to put labels)。



5. Go back to the book shelf and open "Train" book



6. Here we are! A book with just trains.


My child got so excited seeing the train book and started shouting "Trains! trains!" Oh boy, have I done a good job. If you apply this to cars, airplains, animals, or anything that your child loves, I'm sure you'll become a superstar of your child. Give it a try! See you!

Note: I will be using screen shots of our iOS version in this blog. The images may slightly be different for the Android version.


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