I originally posted this on Cryonet but felt I should share it here. Japan
now has a cryonics organization and though in the beginning stages I think
it holds great promise. I checked out their website and learned a great
deal that I share in this post. Takaaki Kaburagi is one of the founding
members and a gentleman who would be among peers in the company of the most
accomplished extropians. Mizuho Hirose is a woman who is a bit of a
mystery. She seems to have accomplished something very important for the
group and is artistic by nature. I hope this seed finds fertile ground in
George Smith wrote:
>My question to you is what are you suggesting that doesn't already >exist?
A primary goal would appear to be having a cryonics organization that is
based in Japan but networks with people from all over the world.
Considering how Japan is such an advanced and wealthy nation I think an
organization like this is long-overdue.
Perhaps they will find more fertile ground in Japan to recruit cryonicists
and raise money. I could be wrong but it seems like the Japanese mindset
might be much more accepting of cryonics. What are the opinions on this? I
hope Japan proves to be the place where the capital can be raised to push
forward research at the rate we need.
I was very interested by the Japanese members. Mizuho Hirose is the founder
and shows a playful and artistic nature though she does not reveal her age
>From her bio:
My name is Mizuho Hirose. Please allow me to make secret of my age and
But at least I can tell you that my existence itself has now been
greatly appreciated by the Metamorphosis Society.
My principle is as follows:
"After all, good sake and good songs are the musts for one's life."
If I can "go to the future," I would like to make other people happy
by singing many beautiful songs. In the future, I wish to have a life like
this... On Monday, I sing chansons at a dance hall to make an energetic
start for the week; On Tuesday, I take many men with me as the vocal of a
radical rock band; On Wednesday, I am an innocent little girl and sing
ancient songs with a small harp; On Thursday, I play piano, probably some
jazz music; On Friday, I sing songs at a Wagner's opera while playing a
daughter of God in a mythical world;
On Saturday, I go to a church and offer hymns to God; On Sunday, I enjoy
sake and my favorite songs at home.
This is how I wish to live in the future.
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Takaaki Kaburagi from a young age had the desire to change the world for the
better through science. After several starts he decided on information
science as his field to do this. He helped Kobe quake survivors network
online and has designed software for people to work with their local
This fellow has even written operas that went from the ancient past to the
future and actually produced one where he met his wife! He is a
well-rounded guy but gave up on his opera endeavors when attendance was
I liked his closing words. "Even after I "go" to the future, I want to
enjoy exquisite tastes of various drinks and food, enjoy life with a
beloved, and enjoy encountering someone and/or something beautiful as many
times as possible, in order to be energetic to work more for future after
I just want to say I wish this organization the best. Perhaps Paul Wakfer
can see his dreams of reversible cryosuspension realized here? I hope so.
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