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post #31 of 58
Is the focus really trying to drum up tourism? Only an adverture tourist would be willing to go now. I'd imagine the principle focus should be shedding light on the culture.
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Is the focus really trying to drum up tourism? Only an adverture tourist would be willing to go now. I'd imagine the principle focus should be shedding light on the culture.

No, not at all. The focus is more to show that there is more there than war, that the country has an old culture and that war is more a new development. Basically educate the public about the country so trading and stability has a better chance of returning. The problem with the media is everything is negative about Afghanistan and it makes the whole country look bad, like showing shit blowing up in Kandahar when they are talking about Kabul. Strange enough, Japan and Afghanistan used to be really strong economic partners and back around the turn of the century (20th century) Afghanistan was actually giving aid to Japan.
post #33 of 58
I remember some NPR program from several years back that afghanistan made great jelly or honey...can't remember which. Is there a japanese version of NPR? maybe you could organize some podcasts around the most interesting subjects. Is there a large afghani population in japan? since it seems your job is really to begin the very first stages of assimilation/acceptance, maybe go and find some books/speak to a local professor about other cultures that did this successfully. I'm thinking in the United States how parades/festivals are always ways to show the good side of a place. greek festival, san gennaro festival. you are on the web side, so i'm not sure what you could do but i'll give it some thought and write back.
post #34 of 58
so throw a cultural week...bring out some rug weaver, some dude that knows four zillion ways to make lamb, shots of the local firewater, artists and artisans, people plying their craft in front of teh localz, fly out Khaled Hosseini, whatever guitar like instrument is traditional there, beat the crap out of people with free whatever local massage treatment they offer, stuff like that...from a publicity point of view, you probably score some interest points cos no one is going to be expecting it out of Afghanistan at the moment, you get some color and movement (see above) it makes for good TV...shouldn't be hard to convince the talent to come over when you think about it.
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so throw a cultural week...bring out some rug weaver, some dude that knows four zillion ways to make lamb, shots of the local firewater, artists and artisans, people plying their craft in front of teh localz, fly out Khaled Hosseini, whatever guitar like instrument is traditional there, beat the crap out of people with free whatever local massage treatment they offer, stuff like that...from a publicity point of view, you probably score some interest points cos no one is going to be expecting it out of Afghanistan at the moment, you get some color and movement (see above) it makes for good TV...shouldn't be hard to convince the talent to come over when you think about it.

How many times I gotta say it, I am working the web side of this deal. My boss organizes the public events and currently we have our plate full. Attended Global Festa last week, this week was the unveiling of our culture display at the JICA Global Plaza, end of this month is a two day long event, next month we got a few things going as well.
Actually, lately there has been a war journalist who spent some time in Afghanistan and has been quite popular on TV. Maybe Ill shoot the guy an email and see if he can send me some pics out of his portfolio or will write a guest blog entry or mention it on a talkshow or something.
post #36 of 58
You could do what I, Matt and others have suggested on the web too. Provide weekly or monthly blog entries from Afghan artists, photo journals, search online for people who used to live or have traveled there (whether for business, adventure travel) and ask for positive or enlightening anecdotes of their experiences.

Why am I doing your job for you?
post #37 of 58
I assume there could be some amazing hiking in the country... maybe you'd wanna take a look at older tourist material before the country went into decline.
post #38 of 58
Vlog If they give you a budget (About $1800 would cut it, but ask for $2K to cover contingencies), get an HD resolution camcorder, a tripod (so important), a Hague MMC handheld stabilizer, external mic, and Vegas Movie Studio. This is assuming you have a PC in which to edit.
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You could do what I, Matt and others have suggested on the web too. Provide weekly or monthly blog entries from Afghan artists, photo journals, search online for people who used to live or have traveled there (whether for business, adventure travel) and ask for positive or enlightening anecdotes of their experiences.

Why am I doing your job for you?

Well, I am thankful for the help I am getting from you guys, but its not like I hadnt already thought of the blog idea with guests. I mentioned it before. This thread was more a way to see if there were people out there with ideas I didnt think of as everything is in the brainstorming stage. Also I am not a marketing student in any way/shape/form so there may be methods that I overlooked, that others might bring up.
The Afghan community in Tokyo is unfortunately small so any guest sections would have to be monthly if that. Also I mentioned this idea to my boss, he said the only way I could get away with doing it, without watching every word I say and worrying about future issues is to run it as a "Friends of Afghanistan" blog and distance myself from the direct government.

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Vlog

If they give you a budget (About $1800 would cut it, but ask for $2K to cover contingencies), get an HD resolution camcorder, a tripod (so important), a Hague MMC handheld stabilizer, external mic, and Vegas Movie Studio. This is assuming you have a PC in which to edit.

Oh, I wish. Our total budget for this project is $0. Luckily I own a camcorder and tripod, or can rent one from school with an external mic and have video editing software kicking around. So the rare occasion we do something like a vlog (I was thinking language lessons from English->Japanese->Dari-> Pashto) I will be ready. The Youtube channel has already gotten approval for official use. Mostly I am going to use it to host videos of presentations/speeches from our ambassador/other reps, and video of open to public events like Global Festa.
post #40 of 58
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Well, I am thankful for the help I am getting from you guys, but its not like I hadnt already thought of the blog idea with guests. I mentioned it before.

To be honest, I'm only reading a few lines of the posts before I poast.
post #41 of 58
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Vlog

If they give you a budget (About $1800 would cut it, but ask for $2K to cover contingencies), get an HD resolution camcorder, a tripod (so important), a Hague MMC handheld stabilizer, external mic, and Vegas Movie Studio. This is assuming you have a PC in which to edit.

These are nice.
post #42 of 58
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How many times I gotta say it, I am working the web side of this deal.

ya ask for advice and then ya get all pissy.

1. every boss likes interns who walk into their rooms with ideas. Walk in there now, suggest it, make your boss smile and thank us later.
2. no boss likes interns who get pissy.
3. extrapolate dear boy extrapolate...so you can't go flying in a chef to teach Afghani lamb recipes, but there is no reason why you can't have that same chef videoed in his Kabul restaurant explaining how to make his famous [bleeh] with Japanese overdubbing is there?
post #43 of 58
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ya ask for advice and then ya get all pissy. 1. every boss likes interns who walk into their rooms with ideas. Walk in there now, suggest it, make your boss smile and thank us later. 2. no boss likes interns who get pissy. 3. extrapolate dear boy extrapolate...so you can't go flying in a chef to teach Afghani lamb recipes, but there is no reason why you can't have that same chef videoed in his Kabul restaurant explaining how to make his famous [bleeh] with Japanese overdubbing is there?
Actually, I was just being that way because I had just been in the boss' office throwing ideas at him and he flat out told me "no more public events, I am too busy with those now/too stressful" and I was just getting more ideas for public stuff. I guess I should expect it from SF, home of the "what non iPhone phone should I get?" thread which is full of posters saying "get an iPhone". 3. is a good idea, and I may be able to organize something similar but here in Tokyo. There are a couple Afghan restaurants, and as soon as we get our new ambassador they are sending a new chef as well. Shit, even I could probably do the cooking lessons, but it might not be as impressive seeing an American speaking Japanese but making Afghan food. Maybe that would be confusing.
post #44 of 58
You could poast a blog informing everyone that the condom was first utilized in Afghanistan by utilizing a goat bladder in 1850.

Unfortunately you're also going to have to admit that the British one up them in 1851 by taking the bladder out of the goat first.




post #45 of 58
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Originally Posted by ratboycom View Post
How many times I gotta say it, I am working the web side of this deal. My boss organizes the public events and currently we have our plate full. Attended Global Festa last week, this week was the unveiling of our culture display at the JICA Global Plaza, end of this month is a two day long event, next month we got a few things going as well.
Actually, lately there has been a war journalist who spent some time in Afghanistan and has been quite popular on TV. Maybe Ill shoot the guy an email and see if he can send me some pics out of his portfolio or will write a guest blog entry or mention it on a talkshow or something.

How's your flash programming?

Maybe something like the bowling games you see on the web except instead of a bowling ball you have rocks and instead of pins you have a person.

See if you can get Facebook farming game to have Afghanistan specific crops like poppy.

Or something like the cooking games on the Nintendo except the ingredients are for an explosive. There's a million possibilities.
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