For the past few years I have attended a YAPC in North America, Europe, and Asia. All three conferences are very enjoyable but also very different. YAPC::Asia has been held in Tokyo for the past few years. The Japanese culture obviously impacts the conference but I can’t always find ways to express these differences. This year they have helped me out by adding a couple of items to the conference bag that I can’t imagine being given in America or Europe.
The first is a plastic bag that I assume is an advert for one of the sponsors. Other conferences have given attendees plastic bags and advertising material but the image on this bag is typically Japanese.
The second item was a fan. Paper fans are very common in Japan and I have been given one at a number of different events. The image on this fan is a cartoon of two Japanese authors, one of these is Yukihiro Matsumoto, sitting in a Japanese bath with their laptops.
I think the image is strange but not as strange as being given a PHP and Ruby advert at a Perl conference.