The title of this blog, A walk along the denkigai, is meant to conjure up two images.

The first image is a stroll along the main drag of the bustling electronic district in Tokyo known as Akihabara.  Just about anything electric or electronic is sold here.  To most Japanese, the word denkigai or (electric row in English) is synonymous with Akihabara.  Japanese consumer electronics makers commonly test market their latest electronic gadgets in Akihabara before they are released to the the rest of the world.  For this reason, a walk along the denkigai could be thought of as a glimpse into the future of consumer electronics.

The second image is personal.  The Japanese word denkigai is pronounced in English as den-key-guy.  I will make a little play on words to create a Japanese-English hybrid word, Denki-Guy.  Denki keeps the original Japanese meaning of electric and the English part is Guy as in man or boy.  The Denki-Guy or “Electric Man” is of course Me.  By reading my blog, you are taking a walk along (side) the Denki-Guy.

So who am I?  My name is Eric Ness and I have been fascinated with electricity and electronics since I was in elementary school.  I started building crystal radios in 5th grade and by the time I was in 7th grade, I decided I wanted to be an engineer.  Ten years later, I received a BS degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

My love of Japan and things Japanese started soon after I started my professional career in Silicon Valley.  My new job required me to travel regularly to Japan and a few years later, I had a chance to live and work in Tokyo.  During my stay in Japan I learned to love Japanese food, the Japanese people and Japanese technology.

In my blog, I will be sharing my thoughts on two topics that have come to define me:  Technology and Japan.  I will try to remember that not everyone is an engineer and not everyone’s favorite sushi is uni.

Eric Ness, the Denki-Guy


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