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How did you make Thriller? What prompted you to buy the catalog of the Beatles' music? When Jackson invites Bryant to join him at Neverland Ranch so the two can trade notes on how they approach their crafts, the year-old Bryant jumps at the chance.
The Neverland Ranch, outside Los Olivos, California, is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Bryant's home in Pacific Palisades through rolling hills and canyons. Bryant misjudges the distance, arriving nearly out of gas.
Not to worry, Jackson says, you can fill up at my private gas station. A 2,acre cornucopia of childlike delights, Neverland also boasts an amusement park with a Ferris wheel, a roller coaster, a petting zoo housing a llama, orangutans, an elephant and giraffes, and a steam engine named after Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine.
Inside the French Normandy residence, the two men share a meal of marinated chicken and organic vegetables. This is your obsession,'" Bryant recalls. Then they drive half a mile to Jackson's private 5,square-foot theater, adorned with billboards for old films, a flowing fountain and a concession stand stocked with boxed treats and cotton candy.
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The theater has a state-of-the-art sound system, plush velvet seats and trapdoors for magic shows. Bryant has never heard of Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers, but during a private film showing of their work, Michael explains how they were the inspiration for Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" music video and describes the lineage of his music, breaking down songs note by note, taking Bryant through the process of recording "Billie Jean.
Your curiosity is your greatest gift, Jackson says. Use it to expand your scope. Ordinary people won't understand your insatiable thirst for excellence. They won't bother to keep striving because it's too onerous, too difficult. It's Kobe's homework, along with an additional reading assignment: Kobe arrives back in Pacific Palisades well after midnight and stays up much of the night devouring Jackson's offerings. What Jackson has provided Bryant -- in the form of old movies, pop psychology and dated self-help books -- is an invitation to be like him.
An invitation that would shape one of the greatest, and most controversial, careers in NBA history. For all his genius, Kobe Bryant is a thief. He's the first person to say as much. But the one big heist he couldn't quite pull off in his early years was Michael Jordan's patented fadeaway.
After the game, Jordan, a few months shy of 35, approaches Bryant: How do you determine your release point? Is misdirection critical to creating space? Kobe has sought Jordan's guidance for the better part of two decades. Bryant told them both he would be turning pro that June, and as he left, Dr.
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Galia Mor, part of the strategic alliances team with Startups, also spoke at the Kobe Business Seminar. Last summer, they chose 20 young entrepreneurs from a group of applicants from more than companies to take part in a six-week program.
She explained how the program works and shared photos. The ecosystem for startups is forming quickly in Kobe, she said. Besides KOBE, the city has 14 incubators or seed accelerators as well as a variety of venture investment funds and individual investors. And the government is adding support, she said. She pointed to the Kobe Global Startup Gateway, a startup contest that includes help from the city in finding investment and free office space as well as other support services.
He pointed to Eli Lilly and Startups as examples of ways the city welcomes companies and entrepreneurs. For example, some foreign companies have received three months free rent in a temporary space while they set up their Japan operations. It also offers lower fixed-asset, urban-planning and business-office taxes. After the seminar, a party was held on the terrace. A kanpai toast was done with Fukuju, an award-winning Kobe sake. SinceKobe City has followed a rule that all toasts are held with Kobe area sake.
They are both port cities, and they have an advanced medical industry. The staff is available to discuss business opportunities and office arrangements.
It is also a problem that there are people who cannot go back to their hometown and have no choice but to live somewhere else. I hope that they remember the attractive points and history of the place they had lived in, and that I can record their sentiments. Tsukihashi is now involved in a project to promote relocation of the Osawa area of Kesennuma City, Miyagi, where over houses were washed away in the tsunami, to higher ground.
Also using scale models here, he hosts workshops with local people in cooperation with Tohoku University of Art and Design and Yokohama City University. There are people who have lived on higher ground from the beginning, and those who are going to move to such places. Both of them have opinions which they hesitate to convey to the other party directly, so we serve as a bridge connecting them. Great changes are being made to their own towns through reconstruction projects, and this is a big issue also for those who escaped damage.
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Many things have been cherished and preserved for a long time, such as the land inherited by a certain family for generations, and the places people had avoided. Scale models provide people with an opportunity to recall their memories. He emphasizes that it is important for those working in architecture to consider the relationship between humans and nature. We have a sense of discomfort to contemporary townscapes because we see no such combination there. In this individualistic society, it may be difficult to do everything together, but we should at least take an interest in the town and people.
In this context, I thought that scale models were necessary for people to accept the fact that they were affected by the disaster. I sincerely hope that this project can help reduce a sense of loss felt by those who have lost the memories of having lived in certain places, or tangible memories such as photographs. I would like to express my sincere respect to those who have struggled to resolve the issue of solitary death and other problems caused by the collapse of local communities after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
Compared to other regions in Japan, I feel that people in Kobe have a stronger affection to their hometown, and this is what makes Kobe special. I think that the key to further improvement of Kobe is to enjoy its old Western streetscapes and unique landforms.