Your Communications Solution

Circle Eight provides a focused range of effective solutions to enhance your global communications cabilities. We offer a full range of Web services, from website hosting through server administration, custom scripting, social media integration, and more. As many of our clients are international, we also specialize in bilingual website production and translation. Whether your communication barriers are technical or linguistic, we're here to help your message across.

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About Circle Eight

Learn more about the background and experience under the hood of Circle Eight Communications.
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Discover how we can help you communicate more effectively with both online and offline media.
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What's all the buzz about?
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The Face of Circle Eight

Shawn Grey, director of Circle-Eight

Grounded in Experience

Founded in Japan in 2000, Circle Eight boasts a unique combination of both technical and linguistic talent, providing state-of-the-art web solutions in multiple languages. This background gives us a unique advantage in today's international business environment. Over the years, we have provided communication services to government, large corporations, small businesses, and individuals. Let us know about your communication needs!

A Holistic Approach

At Circle Eight, we understand that in today's world of information it's all about effective communication. We also realise that the lines between spoken, written, and digital communication are not as defined as they used to be. Our approach to communication is therefore a holistic one - whether the communication takes the form of verbal meetings with clients, translation of documents, or communications with your target audience via your website and social media, we can improve the accuracy and efficiency of your message.

Let Us Help

Our focus is on providing quality communication solutions to small- and mid-sized businesses, placing priority on responsive, courteous customer service that is tailored to the needs of our valued customers. We take pride in the sense of craftsmanship that comes through serving our clients with solutions that are custom-built (or customised) for their specific needs. If you need to communicate your message more effectively, be it verbal, written, or digital, you've come to the right place. Contact us to let us know how we can help you today.


Our services are divided into three categories - Web Hosting, Web Development, and Translation Services.
Please select the category that interests you.

Web Hosting

While we could blast you with a very long list of hosting features that we provide, we're much more interested in hearing what your needs are. We think that providing a simple list of our most requested hosting features is less confusing to the average customer who just wants to get their website up and running. Not to say that we don't provide other, more technical features as well - we certainly do have a lot more under the hood. We simply prefer to keep things simple, and the simple fact of the matter is that if you want it, chances are that we've got it. So if you don't see something you're after in the list below, please drop us a line and we'd be happy to discuss your technical requirements.

Personal Plan ($3.95) Business Plan ($17.95)
Domain TransferFreeFree
Setup / ConfigurationFreeFree
Disk Space500 MB2500 MB
Monthly Data Transfer20 GB100GB
Email Accounts20Unlimited
Price$3.95 / month$17.95 / month

In addition, both of the above plans include all of the following:

Mail Forwarders
Mailing Lists
Ruby On Rails
SEO & Marketing Tools
Logs / Stats Analysis
Custom Error Pages
Cron Jobs
Protected Directories

. . . and much more! If you're interested in something not listed above, please contact us - chances are we have it.

Web Development

There are fewer things that make us feel more fulfilled than developing and implementing creative and innovative solutions that generate not only customer satisfaction, but customer success. That's what drives us here at Circle Eight. We love our work and we love to apply that passion to generating the best possible outcome for you. We take pride in our ability to deliver quality products within agreed timeframes at reasonable prices. From basic web pages to intricate, responsive applications to automated systems, we've got it covered.


Below are a few examples of our work. Let us know what you'd like to create, and let us help you make that idea a reality.

Cash Expense Reporting System for Major Real Estate Company (English / Japanese)

Developed a cash expense reporting system for the largest operator of golf courses in Japan, which allows local golf courses to submit their expenses online to the central accounting system at the head office. Reported to be running at over 160 golf courses across Japan.

Antique Japanese Sword Dealer Website (Japanese / English)

Bilingual front end and Japanese back end for a dealer in antique Japanese swords and fittings. Back end control panel allows management to add, edit, and delete products in several categories, and includes a trash bin function that can restore "deleted" items. Items can be reordered and turned on or off independently on both Japanese and English front-side pages. Built-in banner management system and per-page hit analysis. System automatically reports oversized images to save disk space. Integrated blog and Facebook "Like" buttons. Took this from a site with several hundred static HTML pages to a streamlined, well-oiled, database-driven machine, and were ecstatic to hear that sales jumped 30% within the first few months.

Reservation System for Guest Accommodation Business (English)

Allows management to track and manage inquiries and registrations, and keep a history of repeat customers. A vacancy indicator interface allows management to quickly determine vacancy across several facilities so that customer inquiries are dealt with quickly and accurately, enabling management to suggest alternatives if the first choice of accommodation is not available. Check-in date and time are synced with iCal for easy tracking. Automated check-out email reminds guests of the check-out procedure.

Website for MBA Coaching Business (English / Japanese)

Website development and database integration for a business involved in coaching Japanese candidates for overseas business schools. Took dozens of static html pages and integrated them into an easy-to-manage databased structure. The customer was so happy that he recommended us to two friends who run their own businesses, for whom we now develop websites as well. Word-of-mouth recommendations are true indicators of a job well done, and a source of pride for Circle Eight.

Mailing List for Music Event Website (Japanese)

Website hosting and development of mailing list system for the largest electronic music festival in Japan. Front end interface allows users to register, edit details, and remove themselves from the mailing list. Back end database allows event management to tailor marketing communications to registered users.

Martial Arts Discussion Forum Site (English)

Development of a martial arts forum website from scratch to now over 3,500 registered users. Twitter integration allows users to send Tweets from within the forum interface. Automated Tweet script picks random discussion topics and sends them to the site's official Twitter feed with links to the discussion thread in the forums. Integration of user polls, an event calendar, private messaging, private forums, and more.


Translation Services

Due to the convergence of spoken, written, and digital communication in today's world, our holistic approach to enhancing communication includes both IT and translation services. Since 2004, we have been providing our customers with high-quality Japanese-English translation, delivered within deadlines at competitive rates.


Below are a few examples that demonstrate the versatility of our translation work. We'd be happy to hear about your translation needs and to learn more about how we can be of service in enabling you to cross the language barrier.

Presentations for Conference Management Company

Translated speaker presentations for a company organizing large conferences in Tokyo. Topics included business, IT, high-tech industry and manufacturing.

Technical Papers for Science, Medicine, and Technology Company

Project examples include translation of documentation and specifications for piezoelectric printer heads, an "exhalation mouse" (that allows handicapped users to control a mouse with their breath), and a "network force" sensor device that allows physical force sensation to be transmitted over a computer network.

Politics, Socio-Economics, and Humanities

Translation of documentation for government and industry think-tanks and other organizations. Topics include labour-management consultation documentation, presentations and documentation related to industry and manufacturing, information brochures and pamphlets for tourism and immigration, white papers on employment and labour law, job security, and more.

Martial Arts DVD Subtitles

Translation of subtitles for a major Tokyo martial arts DVD production company. Many projects completed on a monthly basis over the past several years. Repeat business is a sign of a satisfied customer, and we're proud of our track record in this area.

Other Projects Include:

- Annual employee evaluation standards documentation
- Specifications for next-generation trading system for the Tokyo Stock Exchange
- Book on Yoga by a Japanese teacher of Himalayan Yoga
- Book and magazine articles for a martial arts publication company
- Research paper on Buddhist votive offerings
. . . and many more


What's the buzz at Circle Eight?

We're glad to know that you're interested in what we've been up to and what we're currently working on. We post our most recent updates on our Twitter feed and our Facebook Page. Follow us to stay in touch with the latest developments!

Latest News

  • 2015-09-30: Website fixes for a Wellington hair salon, and WordPress integration for a Japanese antique sword dealer.
  • 2014-09-06: Long time, no post! Now operating out of Wellington and working on a couple of exciting new projects - stay tuned!
  • 2014-04-16: Haven't been tweeting much lately, but still here! One exciting project on the go is a system to automate certificate translation for a Well
  • 2013-12-18: Building transaction database for customer's online shopping site
  • 2013-12-01: Developing website-linked customer database...
  • 2013-12-01: Developing website-linked customer database...
  • 2013-11-18: Our website facelift is complete once again - stop by for a visit!
  • 2013-11-17: Subtitle translation for a Karate instruction DVD
  • 2013-10-30: Translating an introduction to a Renoir art exhibition.
  • 2013-10-26: Translation of energy-conservation presentation for Tokyo Bureau of Environment

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