Japan Summary

Ok, so better late than never. Or hey, at least it's late. But since Dave beat me to it anyway, I got kind of sidetracked. So to make it easy, start by reading Daves post, and I won't repeat, but just add a couple of quick notes instead.

  • Plane from London to Tokyo passes almost directly over my house. About 7 hours later! Kind of feels like a waste of time, but the tickets from London were 1/3rd the price of going over Copenhagen, and Finnair through Helsinki didn't have many departures for Tokyo at all.
  • Andreas brought a Japanese to German dictionary. He still refused to translate everything for us. Can't see why.
  • Italian food in Japan is not necessarily what you'd get in Italy. But it was good...
  • Seems what we get for Japanese food here in Sweden is fairly similar to what they actually give you in Japan. Not a perfect match, but cloose.
  • Bingo. Yeah. Haven't played that for many years. That may be how I managed to win. Twice. And Andreas once. (Ok, I have on idea how long it's been since he last played it). At least it's an easy game, and they held up cards so you could read the numbers if you didn't understand japanese.
  • People told me before I went that PostgreSQL is big over in Japan. Still, it was even bigger than I thought. It seems to be used in a lot of big businesses, and it's definitly not something people hide. And the JPUG - a lot of people, and a lot of work happening in that group.

So to summarise, I'll have to start repeating Dave anyway. It was a great trip, and a fantastic experience. Many thanks to Hiroshi, SKC and the JPUG. And of course also to Dave and Andreas!


I speak at and organize conferences around Open Source in general and PostgreSQL in particular.


PGConf.EU 2016
Nov 1-4, 2016
Tallinn, Estonia
Berlin PUG
Nov 17, 2016
Berlin, Germany
PGConf.Asia 2016
Dec 2-3, 2016
Tokyo, Japan
FOSDEM + PGDay 2017
Feb 2-4, 2017
Brussels, Belgium


Stockholm PUG 2016/5
Oct 25, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden
Postgres Vision 2016
Oct 11-13, 2016
San Francisco, USA
Postgres Open
Sep 13-16, 2016
Dallas, USA
Stockholm PUG 2016/4
Aug 31, 2016
Stockholm, Sweden
PG Day'16 Russia
Jul 6-8, 2016
St Petersburg, Russia
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