Yes, dear and loyal PingMag readers, it’s true. After five long years of rest, PingMag is back, and raring to go!
Five years. A lot has happened over that time, and much has changed around the world. For Japan, of course, the 2011 tsunami has had an enormous impact on the lives of so many people, and also altered the way many people here think about their country, too.
We hope to be able to bring you updates about some of the exciting things happening in northeast Japan, as rebuilding and regeneration continues.
And we have all sorts of other exciting plans too to look forward to in the coming months. As one of them, we are planning a series of in-depth interviews with influential and interesting Japanese people, starting tomorrow with a two-part discussion with ex-prime minister-turned-potter and artist, Morihiro Hosokawa. So look forward to that!
But our first job is to clean the rusty old cogs, and get PingMag up and running smoothly again. We will be updating the site regularly from next week, but in the meantime you can click through all the links on the right of this page, and browse through around 1,000 old articles from the archives.
You could start perhaps with this one, which became something of legendary article for Ping.
Or take a trip back to 2008, and remind yourself just how fabulous those decoden mobiles were back then, before smart phones took over!
I’m sure there will be all kinds of hiccups as we get restarted, and things won’t go exactly as you, or we, would like. But it is thanks to you, dear readers, that we exist at all, so bear with us for a while, please, and we’ll do our best to bring you all the exciting and innovative things we can from here in Japan.
Tom, and the PingMag team