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Being a lifelong climber, the attraction for Japan’s breathtaking
mountains was immediate for Gary J. Wolff, and so within only 4 short
months of arriving in Japan over 21 years ago, he was standing atop
Fuji-san, the nation’s highest peak. After becoming firmly hooked on
the exhilarating 360-degree panoramas afforded by Japan’s alpine
country, over the course of the next 2 decades Gary managed to climb
all of the 29 highest mountains in Japan and 38 of the tallest 50. Read more...
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0:00 Fujinomiya 5th Station (富士宮五合目)
1:13 Fujinomiya trailhead (登山入り口)
1:53 Fujinomiya 6th Station (六合目)
3:31 Fujinomiya New 7th Station
4:50 Fujinomiya Old 7th Station (元祖七合目)
5:11 Fujinomiya 8th Station (八合目)
6:49 Fujinomiya 9th Station (九合目)
7:13 Oxygen can inhalation demo (酸素缶の吸入デモ)
7:23 Mannenyuki (10,000 yr.) snow field (万年雪)
8:37 Fujinomiya 9.5th Station (九号五勺)
9:34 Fujikan summit mountain hut (頂上富士館)
10:00 Inside Mt. Fuji's crater (山頂噴火口)
11:40 Sunset from Kengamine, Japan's high point
12:39 Nighttime climbers w/ headlamps (ヘッドランプをもっている夜間登山者)
13:45 Sunrise from Mt. Fuji's summit (富士山頂上から日の出)
16:03 The hike down from the summit (頂上から下りにハイキング)
16:22 Returning to Tokyo by shinkansen bullet train (新幹線で帰京)
Since ancient times, the Fujinomiya Route (富士宮ルート) has been referred to
as the "front entrance (表口)" to Mt. Fuji due in part to the way it has
been depicted historically in countless poems & literature, as well
as artwork such as Katsushika Hokusai's (葛飾 北斎) woodblock print series
"Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景)".
24, 2012 - Pics of my August 21-22, 2012 climb of Mt. Fuji (富士山) along
Fujinomiya Climbing Route (富士宮登山道)
2012 - Mt.
Yatsu-ga-take (八ヶ岳, 8 Peaks), elev. 2899m, the 33rd Highest
Mountain in Japan
Mt. Aka-dake (赤岳) summit, elev. 2899m
(the highest of Mt. Yatsu-ga-take’s 8 peaks)
group of inactive volcanic peaks is listed among the 100 famous
mountains in Japan (Nihon Hyakumeizan, 日本百名山). After 21 years of
climbing the highest mountains in Japan (日本の高い山), this Aug. 2000 trip
is the only time I can ever recall staying in a mountain hut up on a
hiking trail that actually had a hot spring bath in it. Made from
Japanese cypress, no less.
Besides Mt. Fuji, among the highest mountains in Japan, Mt.
Yatsu-ga-take (八ヶ 岳, elev. 2899m) is probably the most accessible Japan
highpoint from Tokyo, as it is possible to reach the trailhead in less
than 3 hours from Shinjuku. If you have any interest, pls. check out my
12-yr-old story, back when I still had dark hair. Read more here...
Although more than two years have now passed since the introduction of
Apple’s iPad tablet computer, this versatile mobile device continues to
revolutionize the education landscape. Nevertheless, an exploding
number of applications often brings confusion to teachers of English as
a Foreign Language (EFL) in how best to utilize the iPad as a teaching
tool in their classrooms, especially those language educators not so
technologically inclined. The purpose of this article is to identify a
few of the most useful iPad applications for EFL teachers, and to
describe how teachers are actually using the device in and out of the
classroom for tasks including the presentation of class content;
face-to-face interaction with students; as an instantaneous, in-class
reference tool; and for the teachers’ own professional development. By
learning how EFL teachers are using iPads to their fullest potential,
the reader will gain insight into how to maximize use of this versatile
device and in the process will be able to provide a more enriching
learning environment for students. (Continued... Useful
iPad Tools for the EFL Teacher)
Sample question and answer in Evernote Peek
2012 - 2012 Edogawa
Fireworks Display (第37回江戸川区花火大会)
The 37th Annual 2012 Edogawa Hanabi Taikai (fireworks display) was held
Sat. Aug. 4, 2012 on the banks of the Edogawa River, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo,
from 7:15 to 8:30 pm, and included 14,000 fireworks. Last year this
festival was canceled because of the Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami.
Unlike most fireworks shows, this one is composed of eight distinct
themes, each with music to match the beautiful fireworks that light the
sky. This year the 7th section "Ginsou" was themed around the Tohoku
Earthquake to pray for the victims. Launched by electrical remote
control, the fireworks performance is choreographed in great detail to
Don't miss the amazing 2-min. grand finale, even with applause from the
Whoa, where did all that DARK
HAIR come from?! Ah yes, the days of my youth. Living in Japan opens up a lot of
opportunities that foreigners would normally never have in their own
How else would one explain how a former engineering company vice
president can land Japanese television roles as President Richard
Nixon, a famous heart surgeon, a police officer, the New Zealand
ambassador to Japan, an American executive on a business trip in Japan,
an Italian bank teller, and even the butler for Sir Thomas Glover, the
Scottish merchant who was a key figure in the 19th century
industrialization of Japan?
The video above was last year's 45th annual Katsushika Noryo Hanabi
held on the banks of the Edo River in Tokyo. The 40-minute show
was on Tues. July 26, 2011. Boom Factor -- ~7,000 works. Nearest
station: Shibamata Sta., on the Keisei Kanamachi Line, very near the
famous Yagiri-no-Watashi boat crossing. The best-kept secret about this
fireworks display is that although most people arrive by train from the
west side of the river which is the main viewing area (and thus is
CRAZY crowded), they open up the golf course on the east side, allowing
folks to spread out their plastic sheets on the fresh cool, green
grass. I didn't have anyone within 30 ft. of me while filming this !
Don't miss the finale !
2012 - It's Mt. Fuji
The 2-month Mt. Fuji climbing season officially began on July 1st. If
planning to climb Mt. Fuji, you definitely need to check out my
recently updated Climbing Mt. Fuji FAQ
page. Over the past several weeks, this page has become the most
visited on my entire site. Hoo wah!!
Mt. Fuji at sunrise, taken from Kitadake-sanso, Aug. 14, 2011
"If you come to Japan and
don't climb Mt. Fuji, you're a fool; but if
you climb it more than once, you're an even BIGGER fool."
--old Japanese proverb--
2012 - THIRSTY?!
Fun art from LA...
2012 - TODAY'S
LESSON: A Lesson in Irony
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be now distributing the greatest amount of
free meals and food stamps ever to over 46 million people, 1 out of
every 7 Americans, and a remarkable 45% jump since Jan. 2009.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S.
Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals."
Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow
dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
This ends today's lesson.
July 5, 2012
- University of
Texas Ranked No. 30 Among World Universities
The Center for World University Rankings has ranked The University of
Texas at Austin No. 30 in its inaugural list of the world’s top 100
universities. The ranking combines seven factors — educational quality,
faculty quality, alumni employment, patents, publishing, faculty
research citations, and influence. (http://ow.ly/c2otg)
3, 2012 - 2012 Annual
Report to Congress on White House Staff
If any presidential candidate were truly serious about eliminating
government waste, one of
the first targets would undoubtedly
have to be the White House, where an incredible 468 staff account for a
mind-numbing payroll of nearly $38 million.
In an annual report to congress, it was revealed that the Obama White
House has a remarkable 139 employees who earn $100,000 (800万円) or more
per year. The top salary, $172,200 (1376万円), is paid to 19 of the
president’s senior aides, including Chief of Staff Jack Lew; senior
advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe; press secretary Jay Carney;
John Brennan, assistant to the president on homeland security and
counter-terrorism; and Christina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady
Michelle Obama, There are 12 employees on the first lady’s staff.
Mr. Obama has 22 assistants, 24 deputy assistants, and 68 special
assistants. He even has a chief calligrapher, who is paid $96,725, and
an ethics adviser who earns $136,134. In the midst of the Great
Recession when tens of millions of Americans face certain destitution,
earning less than subsistence wages, and when even those with advanced
college degrees must resort to stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart or
serving up McDonald’s cheeseburgers, one can only question why just one
man, who after 3½ years has accomplished so little and has played over
100 rounds of golf, really & truly would need so much help. Source:
Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff
(click image above to view larger, clearer chart)
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