aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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1st international love hotel moblogging conference
Posted by dav at 2003 June 16 11:19 PM
File under: Events

I'm in North Carolina at the moment on a two week business trip, and when I get back to San Francisco I'll leave within 24 hours for two and a half weeks in Tokyo with Mie. To say I can hardly wait is an understatement.

And besides the enormous pleasure of simply being on the same continent as the lovely Mie, I'll even manage to be there for the First International Moblogging Conference which will be held July 5th. I'm looking forward to the conference and the opportunity to meet many of the Japan bloggers I follow. Mie is even speaking at the conference!

We had wanted to check out a love hotel during my visit. Love hotels rent rooms by the hour to lovers who wish to have some private intimate time together. They are quite popular and not considered sleazy at all because in the common overcrowded conditions most Tokyoites must endure, families (sometimes extended) squeezed into small apartments, the love hotels sometimes provide the only privacy available. Mie had the idea to moblog the visit, since a well known trait of love hotels is that they usually have incredibly creative and kitschy rooms which make for great photographs. I thought this was a great idea, and we became further inspired to encourage others to join us (in cyberspace that is, they'll have to get their own rooms) ...so I'm proud to announce The First International Moblogging Love Hotel Conference!

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