This is a great idea! There is quite a bit of communication across the Atlantic Ocean, as prominent members of 1000Steine, Eurobricks, LowLUG, etc are prominent members of Lugnet, Classic-Castle, etc, and various prominent European AFOLs have attended Brickfest, etc. Not to mention the fact that most Europeans learn English (sadly, the American school system doesn't reciprocate), so communication is relatively easy. The Pacific is a different matter altogether. There are a few Japanese posters on Lugnet (see below), but not many. Plus the language barrier is much greater - Even though I don't speak Italian, say, I can still navigate my way around itlug.org because the forms of the words are familiar, and I'll recognize similar-sounding words (okay, bad example, they have an English language version, but you get the idea). Japanese sites, OTOH, are completely foreign to me and I just click around at random, hoping to find pictures.
One thing I would suggest would be to double-post - do each post in both English and Japanese. That would help make this a two-way street of communication both ways, which would be very cool. I see from your original blog that it is possible to post Japanese script on Blogger. This is common in some international journals in chemistry (my field), where articles are posted in both English and some other language - or at the very least if the article is in, say, German, there might be an accompanying abstract in English.
Another feature of blogger that would be cool to implement is that you can add multiple posters to a blog (like Nate and Dale on Unique Brique Techniques). For instance, don't the Yrizarry brothers speak Japanese? Or even better, if you could add a Japanese correspondent to the blog, as they might be more attuned to happenings in Japanese AFOL-dom. For instance, I know that Kotaro Ono (Earl-O)
occasionally posts to Lugnet (firstname.lastname@example.org
4[SayNoToSpam]u.or.jp), as do Tosiaki Nisiyori (Tony)
.%spamcake%jp) and Ayumi Hayase (Ayucow)
) (I assume that Bacalogue
is his blog). Maybe one of these would be interested in participating in an English/Japanese blog exchange? Having a Japanese member of the blog would help raise the profile of your blog among Japanese AFOLs, as those guys I listed above seem to be involved in things like the LMO and other Japanese events, and that would further help increase communication across the pacific.
Also, does Jake have an Asian counterpart? I know that Jan Beyer is the "European Jake" (or our 1000steine, LowLUG, etc brethren probably call Jake the "American Jan"). Is there an "Asian Jake/Jan"? Or even better a "Japanese Jake/Jan"?
Finally, pay attention to lugnet.build.mecha. Those guys seem to know a lot about the mecha builders in Japan.