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Gary J. Wolff
(in Tokyo, Japan)

Welcome to garyjwolff.com, 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




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