The organizers, WordPress community in Nagoya, is a really powerful and creative team. For the past 2 years, they’ve successfully organized WordBeach Nagoya with a daytime conference and sleepover at an adjacent lodging facility. This year, they decided to go with a summer music festival theme; set up multiple “stages”, handed out wristband, and live streamed each session.
You can see that people are interested in various topics. Of course many of the sessions are on tips and tricks of WordPress customization, but WordPress users in Nagoya were also enthusiastic about sessions covering security, analytics, writing, hosting, and work style.
About 50 of us went to stay at the beachside Minamihama-sou like last year. It was nice to spend some extra hours together after an event, during which a lot of things are going on and it’s hard to sit down and talk with many people. We exchanged ideas about local meetups, played with Leap Motion WordPress Plugin, discussed recent WordPress related news, and just enjoyed each other’s company.
I went to Nagano prefecture for a short vacation last week, during Obon (or Bon Festival) Buddhist holiday. A friend of mine who moved to Nagano last year invited a bunch of us from Tokyo.
On the way to his home, we went to Yatsugatake Alpaca Farm. The alpacas there were very friendly and love to be fed from your hand. One of the young ones (actually called “Happy” for his smiley face) didn’t even mind being hugged — he just stayed still as if he’s a statue.
That night we went to watch Les Miserables movie under the starlight
One of the highlights of our trip was visiting Akeno Sunflower Field in the neighboring prefecture Yamanashi. According to the official event site, Hokuto City has planted a total of 600,000 sunflowers. I think these photos deserve full-width treatment!
And here’s a panorama one which your can click to view a larger version.
We were bummed that the Lake Suwako Fireworks Show was canceled because of a rainstorm (which somehow hit the lake area just as the show started) but it was still fun that I got to wear my new Yukata for the first time this summer.
Nagano is a great destination that is easily accessible from Tokyo by trains. I picked up a flyer for a hiking event this fall, it will be nice to visit there again in a few months.
Just some photos from the first day of WordCamp SF 2013.
I helped out at the T-shirt table little bit, and enjoyed watching these sessions upstairs:
Tomorrow, I’ll be at the registration table in the morning, Happiness Bar from 9am, and helping at the upstairs room session.