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Hayao Miyazaki and Tomonoura

On the case on the burying of Tomonoura port in Hiroshima, Director Hayao Miyazaki, who built the concept of Ponyo there, had something to say regarding the decision by the judge’s advice to stop the burying:
“that Inconvenient things should be accepted as inconvenient, and the importance is the values that are associated to it”
Information from Shiose

Slow technology (Making things for joy)

I unearthed one that I intended to take home and read.
Journal of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers vol.112, no.1083.


Aren’t the “tools loved for a long time” collected by Nagaoka Genmei, things that beautifully become dirty?

About Nature, about richness

“to be natural” is “to have intrinsicness” – Katai
“to be rich” is “to have hope” – Genta
“to have hope” is to have some vision, but not the ability to predict all.


Natural features: wind and soil (Fuudo). Food.

Lumpy Playground

I heard about a preschool that deliberately made its playground lumpy. The children became brighter. I’m sure they’ve become experts at falling over.
Apparently, the field athletic, which is actually dangerous if there’s a fall, is the most popular.
Meiji shrine, which can’t be visited without walking a long path from the car park, vs a shrine where there is adjacent parking.

A BoI-esque method of exchanging cash

A card that has to be used systematically
Limits the opportunities to top-up and doesn’t show the available balance
Leads to a habit of logging purchases and budgeting

A card that plays a selected tune with a default method in a transaction
The longer and more complex the phrase that is played, the more points that are received, which can be swapped for points.
Needs practice, but might be fun to hear others play?

Puzzle coins (The value increases if the pictures match)
Takes up space, hard to sort (difficult to make)

Card which aids budgeting (If liked up to an app, it produces a budget)
Need to sort out the type (Food, travel etc) at transaction

A card that needs to undergo a procedure before use
Takes effort → avoid excessive use

An annoying ATM (questions the use for money when withdrawing)
Will make purchasing more planned?

The card which shows the cost and retail price of products
Requires cognitive resources → understanding of economics (a blow to the shop)

Money that becomes heavier as its’ value increases
Bulky, heavy → greater sense of profit, avoid excessive use, difficult to be stolen
Shouldn’t be like ancient money (Shekels, stone beads)

Frequently redesigned currency (can still use older designs)
Would be fun, but could be counterfeit if the previous design is forgotten

Currency that can be deduced by touch
Is there any inconvenience? (Would it just be an extra feature?)

Money/Local currency with negative interest (the value decreases with time)
Encourages cash flow
Used at the same time as other currencies with a fixed value

Hearing Aid

Headphone-shaped hearing aids.
Bulky and inconvenient, but can achieve some distance between the mic and speaker, and prevents feedback.

Useful Credit card

The nice thing about credit cards is that, they can guarantee one’s status, and can help achieve points.
The conveniences of card payment, as opposed to cash, is that it takes less effort and service fees for exchanging currencies and sending money (e.g. online shops, overseas).
Not very physical (takes little space, doesn’t decompose, less unhygienic).
Less mental load (No need to calculate change, no need to count remaining money, no need to calculate remaining balance (delayed payment), not all properties are lost when lost or stolen, can be insured if used in fraudulent activity, not possible with counterfeit money).

The nice thing about cash is the different designs between countries (somewhat collectible).
The conveniences of Cash payment as opposed to card, is that it is very physical. It’s harder to overspend, can physically feel the amount of money in your possession, feel the loss, feel exchanges, easy to split the bill, when lost or stolen, the amount of possession lost is that amount of cash, can be used for games (coin toss, spinner, pyramids).
Helps thinking (trains mental math, nice when you have the right amount of spare change, some concern when having little cash, fear of losing, more reluctant to spend, nice to receive).

A Benefit of Inconvenience that beautifully becomes dirty

Inconvenience → takes effort → high frequency of interaction between people and things → become dirty. Accumulating dirt itself is also an inconvenience (takes effort to clean up)

But, my mugs differ from other people’s mugs with a little stain on the handle slightly clockwise from the handle, because of my left-handedness, and make then personal and well-worn. Also the patterns made from jeans that haven’t been stone-washed.