So if any of you Japan HNers have any suggestions to reach more locals (blogs to contact, people to follow on Twitter, etc.) they'd be very welcome!
For a good overview of tech events going on in Japan, see https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=fvijvohm91uifvd9hr...
One thing you could do is try to support some local events. Some ideas:
* Give a presentation at a local event (English is fine; I can introduce you to event organizers in the design / Ruby community)
* Serve as a mentor for a startup weekend - http://startupweekend.jp/
* Participate in this event for event organizers: http://devlove-kansai.doorkeeper.jp/events/2338 (I'll be presenting in [broken] Japanese)
Feel free to follow up with me if you have any more specific questions.