What is Memban?

Memban is short for Memory Bank. It is about recording memories, whether through sound, film, photography or writing.

I have been playing around with this idea for about ten years. I initially came up with Memban in 2010. The inspiration came in 2007 when my sister and I lost our parents to cancer. We were left sorting out their lives and I wanted to find something personal that they might have left for us. A journal of their personal thoughts and recollections. I found nothing. Yes, there were all the old letters they kept, but there was never any reflections about what they believed. I realised that our parents came from a generation that found it difficult to write anything personal. There were no journals or diaries.

Of course, nowadays we live in a different world filled with Twitters and Facebooks and Instagrams. We have gone in a 180 degree turn where nothing is private, and everything is public. We get to hear the personal musings of everyone from the girl next door to POTUS. Some of it is good, but most of it is bad.

So where is the middle ground? That place were we can write and not feel that we are poluting the airwaves with our reminiscenses and thoughts?

And that’s what Memban is all about. It is a place to write about journals and handwriting, and looking at old photos, and remembering.

By the way, I also love the word. ‘Memban’. It is short, it has a softness to it. It kind of rolls off the tongue. My wife is Japanese and I have always enjoyed the way the Japanese play with words. They call this ‘wasei-eigo’ in which the foreign ‘loanwords’ are adapted into new meanings.

So, coming up with a new word was a lot of fun and I do like the way it sounds.

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