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Gary J. Wolff
(in Tokyo, Japan)

Welcome to, which since Sept. 2009 has been the new homepage and cyber parking spot for Gary Joe Wolff, a Tokyo-based corporate trainer, university lecturer, and model/actor. This website started out as an intention to start some sort of online business, but I spent literally months searching for profitable keywords and trying in vain to figure out my niche. Not a clue.

So instead I decided to just renovate my original 17-year-old website, Gary Joe Wolff (in Japan), (which I have borrowed some content from as I've populated this site), but this time doing it right, in a way which provides greater value to the visitor and catches the attention of search engine spiders.

My intent is to continue in the same vein as before, sharing my uniquely American perspective of Japan's absolutely fascinating and exciting culture in a way that I hope others might find humorous or even insightful, including seasonal photographic & video updates of Japan's stunningly beautiful scenery.

Why Japan?

As a longtime resident of Tokyo, I'm often asked by my stateside family and friends, "Gary, when are you moving back home?" Or "Why do you like Japan so much?"

My answer to the latter is easy, and for several reasons. 

Here's my Top Ten List on why I like living in Japan:

1) The friendly Japanese people (who always laugh at my old man's gag jokes)

2) The beautiful Japanese mountains (70% of the country). Over the past 2 decades I've had the pleasure of scaling all of the nation's 29 highest peaks and recently published a book entitled The View from the Top of Japan chronicling my many mountain climbing expeditions to Japan's spectacular alpine country. And I'd be remiss not to mention the absolutely stunning cherry blossoms and brilliant fall colors, neither of which we have much of in my home state of Texas.

3) A clean, safe, and efficient transport network 2nd to none (thus, no need to own a car). As a former professional traffic engineer, I never cease to be amazed and totally impressed with Tokyo's punctual train and subway system, safely transporting millions and millions of commuters across the metroplex every single day.

4) Excellent Japanese food. Ever heard of "negima yakitori" (grilled chicken & onion kebobs)? It's my favorite, and always reminds me of Dad's Texas BBQ, for which he was quite famous.

negima yakitori

5) National health insurance. It doesn't come cheap, and Obamacare it is NOT, and the service is sometimes frustratingly slow and inadequate, but it is definitely nice to have, especially after you've crossed the half-century landmark. smiley

6) Relatively speaking, a very safe & honest country (almost zero guns). I can't count the number of times I've lost/left briefcases, shopping bags, coats, a wallet (w/ cash & credit cards), and even a newly purchased business suit on the trains, and they've ALL been turned in to lost-and-found offices.

7) Over 2000 onsen (hot springs)

8) Many people speak at least a little English (well, in the big cities, anyways). English TV, radio, movies, newspapers, signs, train station announcements, etc. All students study English 3 years in junior high and 3 years in high school (and most students well into their college years), and recently started studying it in elementary school as well.

9) The karaoke culture (I LOVE singing.)

This wild man needs a WHOLE lot more practice!!
(If the video player above is not visible, you can view the video here.)

10) A convenient launching pad for visiting other exotic Pacific island travel destinations in Asia like Cebu, Philippines, Koh Samui, Thailand, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Langkawi, Malaysia, Phuket, Thailand, Fiji, and the Cook Islands.

During the past few school years, we've done an exciting class project on what Japanese university students think about 16 various countries around the world. Please have a look-see when you get a chance.

One final note. After the March 11, 2011 strongest ever Japan earthquake & tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis, because I was home at the time and never lost my internet connection, in order to keep my stateside friends & family informed about the latest developments, I started blogging immediately. Over the course of the next 101 days after the triple disaster, I had posted 467 news updates.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this new Gary J. Wolff website and I'd like to thank you for stopping by.  If you'd care to leave a comment at the bottom of this page, it'd be great to hear from ya. 

Please come back again soon as you find time to see what's new (my blog page) and to check up on how the new site's coming along in the weeks and months ahead.

Take care & thanks again,
Gary J. Wolff

Samurai Gary

Table of Contents

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Gary J. Wolff's Blog
Gary J. Wolff's blog keeps you up-to-date with my everyday life in Japan, as well as recent additions/changes to the website.
The Highest Mountains in Japan
Listing of the 25 highest mountains in Japan, complete with pics, videos, and descriptions, based on the 2-decade climbing experience of Gary J. Wolff.
Climbing Mt. Fuji - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The most frequently asked questions about climbing Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest mountain and the most visited mountain in the world, along with climber stories.
Great Outdoor Gear Deals
Some of the web's best deals on outdoor gear from the best outdoor retailers. All proceeds benefit, helping fund future site improvements.
Pacific Islands Travel, including Cebu, Koh Samui, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Langkawi, Phuket, Fiji, & the Cook Islands
Stories, pics, and videos of my Pacific islands travel to Cebu, Koh Samui, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Langkawi, Phuket, Fiji, & the Cook Islands.
Strongest Ever Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
The latest news updates about the strongest ever Japan earthquake and tsunami on Mar. 11, 2011, including maps, photos, and videos.
What Japanese University Students Think About...?
Japanese university students share their experiences, comments, & viewpoints on various countries around the world.
Acting and Modeling in Tokyo
Some samples of acting & modeling roles possible for foreigners in Tokyo, along with a short list of some of the reputable Tokyo talent agencies.
Artwork by Yoshimizu Koike (小池 嘉瑞)
This page shows artwork by Yoshimizu Koike, including Christmas 2010, Halloween 2010, Reading under the Moon, Celebrate Christmas 2008, and many more.
How I Built This Site
A description with videos on how I built the web site, along with testimonials, key features, and benefits of the SBI! system.
Gary's Amazon Store
Gary's store features Amazon's best-selling products. Your kind purchase helps offset my website hosting costs. So please shop till you drop. :-)
Recommended Reading List
This recommended reading list shows books in my personal library, all of which have had a profound impact or helped shape my life through the years.
Japan Links
A short list of links to some of the more noteworthy Japanese websites I've bookmarked thru my many years of residing in this phenomenal country.
Site Map for
The site map listing of links to the main pages at
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Contact Me Form
Feel free to use this contact me form to ask any questions or provide feedback. Your comments are always welcomed.

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