Regards from Tokyo. I am speaking later today at the National Press Center on our research on online reputation management that we conducted in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Last night we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Weber Shandwick Tokyo office at the magnificent National Museum of Modern Art.
Our CEO Harris Diamond noted something in his congratulations speech about understanding the economic crisis that we are all living through. I thought it was worth repeating on my blog. He said: “We can take some comfort from a Japanese poet’s words of wisdom: ‘Since my house burned down / I now have a better view / of the rising moon.”’” The quote is thoughtful reminder that out of crisis rises opportunity. My fellow colleague Tomo said it was haiku. A good one at that.
[Note: Mizuta Masahide was a samurai in the Zeze domain of Ohmi Province. Masahide initially studied haiku first under Shohaku but later became a disciple of the famous poet Basho. In 1688 Masahide’s house was burnt down, prompting him to write his most famous haiku Barn’s burnt down… This haiku is said to have been highly praised by Basho.]