Welcome to garyjwolff.com, which since Sept. 2009 has been the new
homepage and cyber parking spot for
Gary J. 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
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
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
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
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%
country). Over the past 2 decades I've had the pleasure of scaling all
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
3) A clean, safe, and efficient transport network
2nd to none (thus, no need to own a car). As a former professional
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.
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.
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)
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
This wild man needs a WHOLE lot more practice!!
(If the video player above is not visible, you can view the video here.)
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
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
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
along in the weeks and months ahead.
Take care & thanks again,
Gary J. Wolff
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