August, 30th, 2012 A lunch together with Ms. Tomomi Miyashita, the actress playing the mother in million moments video clip. (Part two)

Following the last post, we continue with the interview with Ms. Tomomi Miyashita, the actress playing the role of the mother in million moments video clip. Will the next video clip be taken in Paris?

Click here for the video clip

--Tomomi   I do help promoting the million moments app by sharing it with my friends.

--Gokaichi   Oh really. Thanks a lot.

--Tomomi   My friends have given me good feedbacks. They, including myself, like the easy way of organizing, using the labels. I write blog myself, so I have a few thousand photos in my smartphone that I've been taking to use in my blog. The app helps me look back the photos, and also let me sort them easily by category such as my pet and my work. The dates in the album also help me recall my memories.

--Aki   May I have a look at your albums?

--Tomomi   Uh, that I need to check with my agent because there are photos I'm not supposed to show in interviews. Hey, can you join us? (Calling her agent)

--Gokaichi   You really do use the app. (Laugh)

--Tomomi   Sure I do.

(Browsing albums)

--Tomomi   This is my dog "Hina."

--Aki   How cute!

--Gokaichi   I love the cute short legs of miniature dachshund.

--Tomomi   Actually at first, I wasn't fond of her long body and long face, but when I start being with her, she quickly became my best buddy.

--Gokaichi   What other labels do you use to organize your photos?

--Tomomi   My niece, my work, and ...

--Gokaichi   Wow, you are a heavy user.

--Tomomi   I do use it a lot. Every photo that I take goes into my million moments app.

--Gokaichi   Tomoko, you use the app more than I do.

--Aki   Gokaichi, you're supposed to be the most enthusiastic user!

--Tomomi   I love the clean design of the album.

--Gokaichi   Thank you. Do you upload pages from the app to Twitter or facebook?

--Tomomi   What? Can you upload from the app?

--Aki   Yes, certainly. You do this and ...(click here for the procedure)

--Tomomi   Wow! How about the cover page of an album. Can I change it?

--Aki   Yes. We made an update and added a new feature to let you change the cover page.

--Tomomi   That's so nice. There were times when I wished I could change the cover.

--Gokaichi   By the way, who started saying let's make a promotion video for the app?

--Aki   I think it came naturally among the team members. There were apps that led to a lot of downloads by having a good video clip.

--Tomomi   Now days, good video clips on internet collect more attention than TV commercials, don't they.

--Aki   In terms of attention, the app hit the top of the Google Play chart in several Asian countries.

--Tomomi   That's fantastic!

--Aki   I saw the comments like "The mother is so cute!" and "Marry me if she has lost her husband!" in different countries.

--Tomomi   (Laugh)

--Aki   Now that we found success in Asia, I'd like to make it popular in American and European countries as well.

--Gokaichi   Tomomi, what have been up to lately?

--Tomomi   I performed in a Japanese movie called "Brave Hearts -Umizaru-." I did a role of a chief cabin attendant of an aircraft.

--Gokaichi   The chief cabin attendant! Did you make some kind of an emergency announcement in the film?

--Tomomi   Well no, that wasn't in my script.

--Gokaichi   Is there any other PR activity you'd like to do here?

--Tomomi   Not in particular, I guess. I'd like to meet you all in my movie! (Laugh)

--Aki   Is there a new next step you're thinking of, in terms of acting?

--Tomomi   Well... I'd like to act in the part two of the million moments video clip!

(Lots of laugh)

--Aki   Shall we go abroad, say, to Paris and take the video next time? (Laugh)

--Tomomi   That sounds exciting! Also, let's show the father in our next video!


The interview we had while enjoying lunch was full of fun chats and laughter. All the million moments team members I work with are good to be with, and I always spend nice time with the team. I'd like to thank Tomomi for being with us. Next time we meet will be at Paris for our next video shooting! (Just kidding...) See you!

Tomomi Miyashita

Born April 30th, 1982
From Hokkaido, Japan
Seinenza Theater Company

Movies: "Brave Hearts -Umizaru-", "Have a Nice Day -Taian Kichijitsu-", "Marebito" TV Program: "Suzuko's Love" CX, "Suzuki-Sensei" TX, "Ultraman Nexus" CBC Voice Acting: Animation "Kukurikozaka" and others

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August, 27th, 2012 A lunch together with Ms. Tomomi Miyashita, the actress playing the mother in million moments video clip. (Part one)

We have interviewed Ms. Tomomi Miyashita, the actress playing the mother in million moments video clip, on the behind-the-scene stories of the video clip and how she enjoys using million moments.

Let's start from the behind-the-scene stories of the video clip.


--Gokaichi   How many times has the video been viewed?

--Aki   It was about 180 thousand the last time I checked. (Note: as of Aug. 2012, it has reached 200 thousand views.)

--Tomomi   Wow, that many. Actually, a couple views are mine. (Laugh)

--Gokaichi   How do you feel about the video clip?

--Tomomi   I had very good reactions from my friends who watched it. They said that my image in the video is a bit different from the roles I play usually. They told me "You do look like a mother."

--Aki   You don't play a role of a mother usually?

--Tomomi   I sometimes do, but once it was a role of an unhappy mother and other time it was a role of a mother with misfortune. So, it has not been a fine happy mother like this time.

--Aki   I saw on Youtube's comments that people are rumoring that the mother must has lost her husband.

--Gokaichi   I saw that too. People are saying "Where's daddy?"

--Tomomi   People are curious about father? The father does appear for just a moment. We did actually shoot a scene in which the father takes off to his trip. It was not used in the final version of the video, but if it were, people would be known that the child does live with her father.

--Gokaichi   Our director chose not to use the scene for some reason. (Laugh)

--Gokaichi   Do you still remember the video shooting?

--Tomomi   I sure do. The weather was so fine. The river side was so nice.

--Aki   Yes, it felt so nice and relaxing.

--Gokaichi   Tomomi, you weren't much like by the dog Ado.

--Tomomi   No, you're right. She went straight to her owner's place, but never came to me. I had to chase her around to shoot the video.

--Aki   Right. (Laugh)

--Tomomi   I enjoyed the video shooting very much. I don't do acting for promotion videos usually, and I wasn't aware of the app beforehand, so I was wondering how it will be like.

--Gokaichi   The shooting staff weren't the true professionals either.

--Tomomi   Well, it didn't look at all like that. Everything went smoothly, and I enjoyed the experience.

(While viewing the video together)

--Aki   Do you have any scene you like?

--Tomomi   I like the last scene where the mother looks back at her child's growth. And the scene where the candle is blown out is, oh so well directed!

--Gokaichi   The scene is indeed beautiful. I recall the shooting of the scene also was very nice. Everyone actually sang the birthday song together.

--Tomomi   Yes, we did sing together while eating cakes. I think the good atmosphere is appearing in the video.

--Aki   Because we weren't recording audio, we enjoyed talking and singing while shooting.

--Tomomi   It was fun!


In the latter part two, we will be talking about million moments app.(Part two is here)

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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 9th, 2012 Ado, a French bull dog

Hi everyone. Today I’d like to introduce my colleague’s French bull dog named Ado. She may be the most recognized dog in SDNA, our company.

Why? The clever dog is starring in our promo movie.

By the way, taking a still picture of a dog is sometimes very difficult. If you wish to take a natural picture, you need to shoot picture quickly, aiming at a very moment the dog stops moving.

So, I often use another app from SDNA called frame grabber, to grab a still picture out from a video I took. (My apologies to iOS users, the app is only available for Android. And its distribution is limited to certain countries.) This way, I have all the freedom to pick the best frame out from the video.

If you think you are an enthusiastic phonographer (i.e. photographer that takes many pictures with smartphone), I’d recommend you to try it. It’s the app for you too.

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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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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