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Creative Japan


Boku no doraemon ga maki o arukeba
Minna Minnara furikaeru yo
(Hai dora dora Hai dora dora)

gazekiru otsumu wa sunsuru tendaiyo
dota dota anyo wa henhei sokudaiyo
(Hai yakkoura dokkoi sho no sho)

Dakedo doraemon ii otoko
Komattoki no dorada no mi
Danondayo Makasedayo
(Hai yassho makasho
pui kita sassa no doraemon)

I’m Doraemon –original soundtrack-


Do you know or just ever heard about this song?

Some people will answer yes, while most of them probably not. But, I certain everyone knows about its character, Doraemon.  Doraemon was the first animated Japanese movie that I’ve ever watched. I was about 4 years old when I first saw this blue-cat robot creature on TV.

Doraemon itself was first appeared in December 1969 and was first published simultaneously in six different magazines. Created by Fujiko F. Fujio, doraemon is a “robot” cat who travels back in time from 22nd century to the 21st century to help and guide a normal schoolboy named Nobita.

Throughout his life, Nobita has lots of misfortune. And he fails in most subjects at school and unfortunately, he does not have a good career and always have financial trouble. And this trouble is inherited to his children and great children and his whole family line, so Nobita’s great-great-grandson sends Doraemon to Nobita hoping that this robot will bring ‘luck’ to Nobita and alter his history.

Each Doraemon story covers moral lessons and as a child, I learn a lot about integrity, family, perseverance, team-work, dedication and diligence. All of the characteristics in Doraemon story have been created to be act generously by the creator to be memorable in the viewer’s brain.

Manga or Japanese comics are the most popular stories and the history of this uniquely Asian storytelling medium that’s now hugely popular with readers and publishers worldwide. Since we were a child, we have already known about some of manga and get into them without we realize it. And we started to know more about Japanese, their food, culture, and the most important is about their creativity and innovation in developing technology.

People in over the world have been focusing their attention on contemporary Japanese culture. Since the 1990s there has been a burst of creative energy in the fields of manga, anime, gaming, art, architecture, design, literature, food and fashion. This phenomenon of recent years, which is in sharply contrast to the former exotic images of Japan as the land of Mt. Fuji, Geisha and Kabuki, is stimulating the formation of a new image of Japanese culture.


Nowadays, it blossomed into a Japanese contemporary culture whose influence reverberates around the globe and which fascinates so many people, particularly from amongst the younger generation.

In the world of popular culture, there was a constant flow of enormously varied and striking images and works from a group of Japanese creative artists. This cultural activity developed a dynamic of its own which enveloped not only the creators but also the consumers, and now, even at this very moment, is being given more overseas exposure.

Behind the high-tech and moden Japanese, let us look more closely at the historical background that gave rise to the perception among young people of contemporary Japanese culture as “cool”. The truth is that subcultures have often arisen during the significant periods in Japanese history. As they matured, they went on to form a complex multi-layered culture. For instance, the tea ceremony became fashionable in the Azuchi- Momoyama period (1568-1600), while ukiyo-e prints were popular in the Edo period (1600-1867). These tangible and intangible cultural treasures were stored up as assets which, through being passed on to subsequent generations, have blossomed again in contemporary culture.

So what are the elements that constitute contemporary Japanese culture? Japan certainly absorbed culture from mainland Asia in ancient and mediaeval times. In modern times Japan absorbed culture from the West, and in the post World War II era particularly from the USA. But we can see that contemporary culture not only as absorbing elements from other cultures but also as interpreting them from a unique perspective, then re-shaping them into a new style and fusing them with something completely different. It is a culture in which the old and the new co-exist, one that appeals to the general population and that anyone can enjoy.

People was brought up surrounded by beautiful natural scenery and landscapes and from olden times have honed a sharp appreciation of beauty. Japan approach the creation of objects with a love for their beauty and, with a long tradition of diligence and dedication, go about the task of creation with an uncompromising stance: while striving for simplicity and the eradication of the superfluous, they do not neglect attention to the tiniest detail. At the root of this approach lies a spirit of harmony which is evident in our philosophy of co-existence with nature.

It could be said to be a magic in the real life, about the contemporary Japanese culture, which draws on a creative tradition with unbroken links to the past.  Japanese want to tell the other parts of the world to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Japanese contemporary culture.


“Made in Japan” denotes precision, and leading-edge technology. Japan decided early on to invest in fostering such technology to combat global warming and is making headway in this challenging field.




Traditional Japanese architecture is characterized by wooden single-storey structures. Lacking a tradition of cave dwellings and stone walls, it was natural for the nation to develop this style. The traditional structure has not changed during recorded history, remaining intact after Buddhist architecture entered Japan from China and the Korean Peninsula in the mid-6th century. Even shrine architecture – widely regarded as having been stimulated by Buddhist architecture – retains the typical wooden single-storey structure



Japan’s product design has always closely mirrored current issues. An example is the nation’s increasing environmental awareness and ageing population, factors that have to be taken into consideration in any account of contemporary Japanese society. This broad social backdrop to the field of design has given rise to the paradigms of “universal design”, which seeks to make products as widely usable as possible, and “ecological design” incorporating environmental concerns. Japanese design is also characterized by whether products are kawaii (cute), emphasising their softness and gentleness.



Tokyo fashion is about young people. It’s about the young people strolling in the streets who decide what appeals to them, and this trend then spreads among their like-minded peers. This youth-driven phenomenon is similar to how Mods and Punks created their own fashion in the London of the ’60s and ’70s. The difference is that young Tokyo trend-setters are not people angry at society, like the Punks, or people who use a style of clothing as a means of protest. In Tokyo, the girls want what’s kawaii (cute), and both the boys and the girls want clothes that will make them the focus of others’ attention.



Japanese cuisine is based on the enjoyment of a richly varied table offering a nutritional balance through a range of seasonal offerings. In doing so it reflects the Japanese people’s discriminating approach to taste and ingredients and their readiness to explore the unfamiliar. While continuing to value their national cuisine, Japanese households also create local versions of foreign dishes: a homemaker will often prepare curry one day followed by pasta the next. The Japanese have an insatiable interest in food. Cookery experts and chefs will introduce recipes in the media, only to see suburban kitchens using them on the same day




-Rike Giri Cahyadi-


Creativity and Innovation


As a college students, we have at least three main role in our society, agent of change, social control, and iron stock. As an agent of change,  we had a special role and reponsibilities to play in the social and civil-rights. We have given the opportunity to get skill and knowledges to act as an agent of change to develop our country. As a social cotrol, we have to concern about our society, and having a part to regulate individual and group behavior, leading to conformity and compliance to the rules of a given society, state, or social group. And our last important role is to be an iron stock, which means that we have a big responsibility to be a leader in the future. The future of Indonesia is in our hand, so we have to take the reponsibility as a chance, opportunity, and encourage our creativity and innovative thinking to develop our beloved country. Because as a colllege students, we are a part of young people who have experience, knowledge, and skill which are our country’s potential assets in developing social and economic condition in the future.

Opportunities, Chances, and Prospects

Golden age is commonly known as an important age when his or her brain could grow and develop faster than any other age in their life. According to this, I think that we, as college students are also in a golden age where we have so many opportunity, chances, and prospects for our future. The simple problem, which also in almost every students’s brain is how to  maximize it

1. Organizational and leadersip experience

In college life, we have so many opportunity to get organizational and leadership experience. By being a part of an organization, we can learn about many things, such as communication, social relationship, knowing each other, networking, tolerance about the differences, and many other important social skills, which also related with our Emotional Quotient. It can be an effective and efficient part in incerase our own personal growth and personal development. Especially, if we can take a part as a leader, we can get more advantages from this experience, because leadership is one of the most important soft skill to be success in the future.

2. Do exchange

Nowadays, we are in a globalization era when everybody in this world could be connected easily by internet, cellphones, and other new development technology. So we need to prepare ourself for the future. One of the way that we can do is go exchange! As a college students, we can get many opportunity to go to another country for studying, seminars, conferences, partnership, internship, etc. By doing this kind of program, we can get more experience and more open minded to face the world in the future. And the best part is we can get it for free, if we are qualified and try harder to get it

3. Networking

Being a college students , we can get many access to expand our networking.  We can get many friends in our universities, our friends’ universities, networking with lecturers, famous and successful person, and many other people that  we meet in our life. We always have to expand our networking and maintain it, because it would be useful in the future

4. Be an entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship is becoming a social issue for the most recent years in the world, including Indonesia. As a student, we have many chances and opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship. We can learn a lot from the experts by attending seminars, workshops, or even read his or her successful stories. Indonesian Government are also take an important part in developing entrepreneurship in universities in indonesia. And it works, now the number of students who start-up their business or just start to learn about entrepreneurship are increasing significantly.



As a college students, the three main roles can give us opportunities, chances, and prospects which would be good  for us if we can maximize it, or it would also be a big disaster for our life.

1. Failure

“Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners” – Robert T. Kiyosaki, author, entrepreneur, investor.

The biggest enemy that we have to defeat to be success is being a loser. And only a loser who easily give up because of failure. So, we have to face it, and make it as an inspirational experience to be the winner and success in the future.

2. Experience

“Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make” – Donald Trump, real estate and entertainment mogul

Experiences are the best teacher in our life. But many students often don’t take the opportunity that he or she could get, for example organizational and leadership experiences. We will know nothing if we didn’t experience it, so take all the opportunities that we deserve to get and maximize ourselves in it.

3. Awareness

“I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful” – Warren Buffet, investor and billionaire

Most of students don’t aware with the situation and condition around them. For being a successful person, we have to always alert with many other things around us, and do the right things in the right time.

4. Lack of creativity and innovation

“Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking. Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading: buying and selling.”

– Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop-

One of the most important things that many of students don’ t implement in their life is creativity and innovation. Because it is the key success of many successful person in this 21th century is to be creative and innovative. It is simply differentiate our idea from the others, but make it more important, effective,  and efficient.


In solving our problem, I think the most important thing is to be creative and innovative, implement it in every single day in our life. We need creative problem solving competencies indicative of innovative leaders. We have to know knowledges of the major creativity theories, to enhance one’s latent creative strengths, to foster ability to apply creativity in the our place, and to present methods for assessing creative strengths.

Creativity requires a balance among synthetic, analytic, and practical abilities. A person who is only synthetic may come up with innovative ideas, but cannot recognize or sell them. The person who is only analytic may be an excellent critic of other people’s ideas, but is not likely to generate creative ideas. The person who is only practical may be an excellent salesperson, but is as likely to sell ideas or products of little or no value as to sell genuinely creative.

Encourage and develop creativity by teaching students to find a balance among synthetic, analytic, and practical thinking. A creative attitude is at least as important as creative-thinking skills (Schank 1988)

 “But the Indias and Chinas are increasingly adding one more thing to low-cost labor and high-power technology: unfettered imagination–that is, high innovative and creative capabilities. They will focus first on solving their own problems with cheap labor, high technology, and high creativity–re-imagining their own futures….So, for the last time, you have been warned. This is not a test.”

-Tom Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century, 390-

Related with the four level of innovation, five level of creativity, and The World is Flat book, we have to do the fourth stages which is create a new innovation (business innovation) and the fourth stages in five level of creativity (orientation creativity). It is really important for us to add creative and innovative idea for our life. Nowadays, we can connect each other wherever we are with others in wherever they are. All of us are connected with the new technology development, such as internet, cellphone, and other important and useful things.

According to implement the fourth level in innovation, fourth stage in creativity level,  and the principle in The World is Flat for a business students for example, we learn how to maximize profit with minimizing the cost. And we can collaborate with other ITB students in IT and Mechanical Engineering to a development in transportation technology which using the internet connectivity for minimizing the cost that we have spent for transportation, and get benefit for minimizing the time that we have to spent before this products existed. So we can increase the effectiveness and efficiency of this new product.

Our own creativity, is the most important asset that all of the students have. We  have to experience of it by ourselves. In a moment, we have to think of a time when they had a great idea. It doesn’t have to be a media event, or changing an industry, it doesn’t even have to be a business idea, but something that worked for us. And so right from the start of us are acknowledging to ourselves that we are creative, that we do have enormous creative resources within us.

“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.”

 – Pauline Kael quotes-

-Rike Giri Cahyadi-


Electricity vs Internet


“Nothing is permanent, but change!”

-Heraclitus said in the 4th century BC-

“May you live in interesting times!”

-ostensibly an ancient Chinese curse-


How would we compare the importance of electricity with the invention of the internet? or the cell phone? Can this kind of comparison be made? If I had to lose one of these inventions, which one should I keep? And why?


For many reasons, I firmly believe that electricity is like a magic. It flows, conducts and illuminates in ways that we have never seen. If anybody ask me about the most important invention for my life, my answer will always be electricity. I suppose electricity would be at the top of the greatest innovations list in the past. If there is no other reason than I love magic and pretty sure none of the other innovations would have ever been made and listed as the new creativity and innovation without this important invention.

There’s no one could exactly answer to ‘who invented electricity’. The invention of electricity was rather a chain of inventions that led to the modern-day use of electric power. Lightening is the purest and most basic form of electricity. It required great effort to bring this energy in everyday use.

In my opinion, electricity is more important, even if it is being compared with the internet. That is like a common question that often ask by the people, which is more important, “the chicken or the egg”. Many intelligent person would have to say “electricity” is more important of the two because without electricity, the Internet would not, could not, exist. Electricity, on the other hand, can exist and function without the Internet.

Obviously, the Internet came much later. But I think we can survive without the Internet; we would just have to read plenty of books and start being more social in the real life again. Besides having uncountable benefit which make our life easier, internet also have plenty of new problen on the other hand. Nowadays, most of the people, especially young people in this world say that they can’t life without internet.

The Internet was the result of some visionary thinking by people in the early 1960s who saw great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military field. The early Internet was used by computer experts, engineers, scientists, and librarians. There was nothing friendly about it. There were no home or office personal computers in those days, and anyone who used it, whether a computer professional or an engineer or scientist or librarian, had to learn to use a very complex system.

Since the Internet was initially funded by the government, it was originally limited to research, education, and government uses. Commercial uses were prohibited unless they directly served the goals of research and education. This policy continued until the early 90’s, when independent commercial networks began to grow. It then became possible to route traffic across the country from one commercial site to another without passing through the government funded NSFNet Internet backbone.

During this period of enormous growth, businesses entering the Internet arena scrambled to find economic models that work. Free services supported by advertising shifted some of the direct costs away from the consumer–temporarily. Below are listed some important interneet development that fasten its spreading as the most powerful tool in our daily life:

  • A current trend with major implications for the future is the growth of high speed connections.
  • Wireless has grown rapidly in the past few years, and travellers search for the wi-fi “hot spots” where they can connect while they are away from the home or office.
  • A next big growth area is the surge towards universal wireless access, where almost everywhere is a “hot spot”.
  • Another trend that is rapidly affecting web designers is the growth of smaller devices to connect to the Internet. Small tablets, pocket PCs, smart phones, ebooks, game machines, and even GPS devices are now capable of tapping into the web on the go, and many web pages are not designed to work on that scale.

The Internet has become ubiquitous, faster, and increasingly accessible to non-technical communities, social networking and collaborative services have grown rapidly, enabling people to communicate and share interests in many more ways. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in, YouTube, Flickr, blogs wikis, and many more let people of all ages rapidly share their interests of the moment with others everywhere in this world.

Almost all innovations are good but comparing the mentioned innovations (cellphone, internet) to electricity is valid. But, how can internet run without using electricity? Also cellphones needed to be recharged so they will have no function or useless if there is no electricity.

Although there are many great creative and innovation invention, but there is always a need to go with the basics.


–          Rike Giri Cahyadi  –

A Lesson Learned from Ridwan Kamil



A Creativepreneur should be:

  • Innovative
    It is about thinking and innovating outside the box
  • Risk taker (but must have been calculated)
    A person who doesn’t want to take the risk, he or she will never go anywhere
  • Visionary
    Set a target and achievable goals
  • Strong leadership
    Become a role model for other people, influencing, and inspiring others
  • Problem solver
    Know exactly how to get there
  • Agent of change (in developing world)

A person who can change others and their environment to make a better world


How to start creative business:

  • Observe

With observation, we can get more idea, creativity, and innovation  that would be useful for our future. Besides, book, magazine, newspaper, and social media also can increase our crativity. And also travelling would be a good experience for creating new ideas and imagination

  • Selection
    Be creative! Packaging is everything. Nowadays, people are more concern about the design beside its function. “Creativity is not only creating something new, but also the important things is to give the ‘added value’”
  • Think different

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and followers. Business which has a story behind would be more success than the common one, for example a ‘tajil’ seller who do it for the orphanages was more success in selling their products

  • Make a Plan

Planning is an important thing to start our new creative business

  • Scalable

We have to make prediction about our business in the future, and it should be scalable

  • Design / technology

The more excellent a design (unique and innovative), a better economic prospect we could get

  • Networking

Creating a wide-network for spreading our business and make it faster to be grown up

  • Innovative marketing

Nowadays, marketing is an important things to interact others with our products. We have to make a different, innovative, and creative strategy to atrract others about our products.

A business comes from an idea that would be transform into an added value which is important in a business. And we need creativity and innovative to compete with the others in building and developing a business. This is the key of success to become a successful entrepreneur, developing our country’s economic, to make  a better condition for our country.


Rike Giri Cahyadi –

David Kelley and IDEO


“As founder of legendary design firm IDEO, David Kelley has helped design the icons of the digital generation — the first mouse, the Treo, the Leap chair. But equally important to him: Designing great places to work, learn and create.”


“Kelley has become a poster child for innovation in America for two reasons: His engineering firm serves as the brains behind many of today’s most innovative products, and IDEO (Greek for idea) has been a trendsetter in modern-day corporate management.”

-Virtual Advisor (

Nowadays, people are becoming more and more care about the creativity and innovation. When some expert and intelligence said that creativity is one of the key of success in this 21th century. David Kelley and his IDEO Company are the examples of success stories in developing creatvity and innovation in this century.

IDEO is described as “America’s leading design firm.” This may or may not be true, but undoubtedly the firm has earned an outstanding reputation and is well worth listening to.

David Kelley, founder and chairman of IDEO, is a California-based entrepreneur, educator, designer, and venture capitalist. He is recognized as one of America’s leading design innovators, in part thanks to his membership in the National Academy of Engineering and his receiving of numerous awards. David serves as the Donald W. Whittier professor in the Product Design program at Stanford University, where he also established the school’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the D-School. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

David Kelley which has been well-known as his breakthrough idea “design thinker” is actively working in the realm of “creativity in education.” And IDEO is one of the most reputed design consultancies in the world today. They pioneered the idea of “design thinking” (as opposed to just “designing”) , an idea that has found applicability as an approach to problem solving in such diverse fields as aeronautics engineering, transporting organs, to streamlining the services of the British national health care system.

Kelley describes how to run the perfect brainstorm session using IDEO’s “seven secrets for better brainstorming”.  The IDEO methodology is consist of understand, observe, visualize, evaluate and refine, implement and gives plenty of real-life examples.

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David Kelley believes that design thinking can revive creativity in K through 12 educations. His work with the K-12 lab at the D-School at Stanford University is testimony to his efforts to revolutionize school education.

Kelley observes that all humans are born creative, but innate creativity in kids is lost somewhere in the process of education. Kelley is not alone in this belief – it is one also held by Sir Ken Robinson, and  Mitch Resnick of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab – the birthplace of  LEGO Mindstorms and Scratch. Working with students & faculty from the Stanford University School of Education, Kelley is teaching kids (and teachers) at all levels of K-12 to actively come up with new ideas. In Kelley’s view, self-belief is important, and teachers and facilitators work to help kids believe that creativity can be “learned” and “mastered” and that they can get better and better at it as long as they have a framework for it and are mindful of it. “The willingness to take risks” is the key success factor.

Education literature defines creativity as divergent thinking and problem finding in addition to problem solving. So, it is an important tasks for parents to urge their kids to think laterally, pose lots of questions, laud new approaches to do things encourage “possibility” thinking, even in the many day-to-day chores they do with their kids, and provide kids with ample opportunities to be a thinker and find problems (and absolutely to solve them). It would also help if the parents could actively be the model spontaneity and creativity in many of the little things they do at home.


– Rike Giri Cahyadi –

The Reason of Creativity in Twenty First Century


“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, and create. So that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off… They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” – Pearl Buck


Creativity & Innovation seem to be buzzwords today, not just in the world of design, but in education as well. Creativity and innovation have been identified as a key of “21th century skills“.

Most of people consider the importance of creativity they have to think only in the context of art. Though important, art is only a small part of creativity. We use creativity in every aspect of our lives, everyday.

Our ability to express our deepest feelings is at the core of the importance of creativity. As humans, we have a very strong need to express ourselves and we will happier when other people understand what we are trying to get across to them. We always try to find all kinds of ways to do this.


Words are probably the first and foremost means we use to communicate what we want others to know. In common, it is simple and very straight forward. Yet when we want to get something specific across we know we have to put a little ‘more’ into it. Even the most intelligence-spoken person takes the time to consider his words and actions when there is something specific he wants others to know. He knows a word can be a gold and the exact right one will definetely change the prospective of the people that he or she try to reach. It is when we taps into our creativity to find a way to say what we wants, in a way that will get everyone’s attention.

It’s the same for all of us when we want to reveal something from deep inside ourselves. This is when the importance of creativity becomes most evident. We think of endless ways to say something when we want to say it ‘more’.

The simple yet absolutely profound ‘I love you‘ is the topic of most books that we had read or simply know it. The rose has been the symbol of this declaration since forever. Have you ever thought, “Every man gives rose to his beloved one, I want to say it ‘more’ than other man does,”? I’ve certainly believe that most of the men have ever thought about it for many times.

We use our creativity and find a way to express exactly the depth of our feelings. We search for something unique and meaningful that ties us and the other person together in a way that is singular to the two of

Perhaps when a man firstly met with a woman, he had just holding a lily, which the other one happened to bump. It was a disaster which a man turned into a special moment, which turned into many special moments after that.

Looking back at that time in the future, the man doesn’t want to say “I love you,” he want to say “I love you more than anybody else, have you still remember how special our first meeting was?” Instead of a simply red rose, the man choose a bucket of white lily set in a crystal vase in the shape of love, because it was the expression of his feeling in that special and memorable time in his life. It’s really important to us for expressing our selves in a different yet special way, otherwise we just simply say it.

The importance of creativity can easily be seen in the different ways of expression they have shown to the others. People have already used their creativity to come up with endless ways to get their messages across, and we’re still thinking of a new one. And don’t let anything limit our creativity.

It is important to be able to express our feelings when words aren’t enough to be expressed fully about our feeling. We can express ourselves in the form of writings, paintings, music, pictures, or even just a simple picture. Each of them means to get something across to others and they satisfy us because we feel we’ve gotten our message out to others.

Art would seem to be the most obvious way to express ourselves in certain situations. Although, don’t limit ourselves just in the world of art.

Our creativity expressed in the clothes we wear, the style of our hair, the cars we drive. Whole industries have been built in order to give people the outlet of expressing themselves in their everyday daily lives. Nowadays, people in business do research and development for knowing their customer needs and against their competitor. Creativity and innovation have a big portion to be success in this mission.

We gather things that mean something to us, things that ‘say’ something about us. And almost everything we acquire, we add a touch of ourselves to it. Even if it is only the way we display our daily stuffs, in some form we mark them as specifically ours.

And we use our creativity to do all those things in just the way we are.

We don’t always want people to know exactly what is at the deepest core of our selves, but there is still a need to get them. How is the best done? Again the importance of creativity is at the forefront. We have to find ways to express what I want to get out through our creativity.

In this context it isn’t necessarily important to get our message out crystal clear. Sometimes it is enough that we know what we really mean, and in that context often it is vitally important that only we know what we are truly expressing. That is the beauty of creativity, which can be expressed into any form that we need to take.

Our expression can be loud and out in the open, or it can be in silence, and only be  an evidence for ourselves. Creativity can be entertaining or relaxing. It can be an outlet for feelings whether we are happy or sad, angry or content and anything in between. Creativity can be used in business, a form of therapy, or just for fun and as simply work or play.

Creativity can just be a natural part of our life that we don’t bother sticking a label on. We may not even be consciously aware that we are bringing it into practice. It should be encouraged and nurtured from the moment we take our first breath.

Even as babes we begin to take in the world around us and strive to communicate with it, to draw things from it that we need or want. We should continue to explore it with enthusiasm till we take our last breath. It has so much to offer that to ignore our creativity, in whatever form we use it, is to lose out to a deeper extent than we can imagine. Our lives are enriched by creativity and how we can be optimal in using and implementing it in our life.

There are so many aspects of our lives that creativity touches that the importance of creativity defies logic. We are humans, than we need to express ourselves as much as we need the air we breathe.

Creativity isn’t just an art. It is our very essence. It is our unique and special things that we have to be nurtured and becoming a useful part in our life.


— Rike Giri Cahyadi–

A Story Behind a Name


“Proper names are poetry in the raw.  Like all poetry they are untranslatable. ” ~W.H. Auden

“Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.”   ~Japanese Proverb

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

 A name is only words, but it always has a story behind it. For me, a name is the best gift that I’ve been received from both of my parents. My name is Rike Giri Cahyadi, and everybody called me Rike. It is the name that given by my parents and  this is one of the most important thing in my life since I was born 19 years ago. I am a the youngest daughter of my parents and have a sister and a brother. And this is the meaning of my name:

  • Rike: This is my first name, containing an R as the first letter of this name. R is the first letter of all my parents’ children. My sisters’ name is Renny and my brothers’ name is Rinto.
  • Giri: It means a mountain in Javanese Language. This part is suggested by my uncle, which have been approved by both of my parents. I am the youngest child in my family, and my parents always hope the best for me. With this middle-name, they hope I can be a success person in the future.
  • Cahyadi: It is a family name which given by my parents for their three children. It is taken from my fathers’ name, and this name become a sign of our family-boundary.
That’s the story behind my name, which was carefully chosen by my parents. People say that “a name is a hope from parents to their child”, and I believe it. I deserve my name as my parent’s hope, and I really thankful to them for this as the best gift in my life.