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Longtime Tokyo resident Gary J. Wolff shares his uniquely
American perspective of Japan's fascinating culture, including regular
photographic & video updates.
Gary J. Wolff's blog keeps you up-to-date with my everyday
life in Japan, as well as recent
additions/changes to the garyjwolff.com website.
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, Jan.-Mar. 2011
Sendai Pageant of Starlight, Diamond Fuji, Gyotoku
Bird Observatory, Space Shuttle Discovery, and videos of
burlesque/belly dancer Safi.
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, Oct.-Dec. 2010
Pics of Mt. Kita-dake, the beautiful fall colors of Yoro
Keikoku Valley, and pics/videos of a number of my acting/modeling gigs
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, July-Sept. 2010
Houston vacation pics and videos, Mt. Jonen-dake pics
and video, Katsushika Fireworks Display, and Langkawi pics and videos.
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, April-June 2010
Ryomaden pics, and videos of a beautiful
nighttime-illuminated Ferris wheel & the stunning
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, Jan.-Mar. 2010
Xmas vacation pics & videos, the Texas Burger, the fabulous
Kano sisters, &
360-degree panorama from the summit of Mt. Whitney.
J. Wolff's Blog Archives, Oct.-Dec. 2009
of the nighttime light-up of fall colors & golden ginkgo trees
and the famous Santa Mickey Xmas carol karaoke videos.
Mountains in Japan
Listing of the highest mountains in Japan, complete with pics, videos,
and descriptions, based on the 2-decade climbing experience of
Gary J. Wolff.
Mt. Fuji (富士山) - 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.
Fuji Mountain Huts (富士山の山小屋)
Kita-dake (北岳), elev. 3193m, Japan's 2nd Highest
Listing of Mt. Fuji mountain huts for the main Kawaguchiko Yoshida
with website addresses, phone numbers, elevations, and sleeping
Pics, maps, and trail description of my Oct. 1993 hike to the top of
the easily accessible Mt. Kita-dake.
Oku-hotaka-dake (奥穂高岳) & Mt. Yari-ga-take
(槍ヶ岳), Japan's 3rd
& 5th Highest Mountains
Pics, maps, and trail description of my Aug. 11-13, 1994 climb of Mt.
Oku-hotaka-dake, elev. 3190m, & Mt. Yari-ga-take, elev. 3180m.
Ai-no-dake (間ノ岳) and Mt. Shiomi-dake (塩見岳), Japan's 4th & 9th
Pics, maps, and trail description of my Sept. 1996 climb of Mt.
Ai-no-dake (3189m) and Mt. Shiomi-dake, 3047m.
Warusawa-dake (悪沢岳) and Mt. Akaishi-dake (赤石岳), Japan's 6th &
7th Highest Mountains
Pics, maps, and trail description of my Aug. 1995 climb of Mt.
Warusawa-dake (elev. 3141m) and Mt. Akaishi-dake (elev. 3120m).
Ontake-san (御嶽山), Japan's 8th Highest Mountain
Pics, maps, and trail description of my Aug. 2001 climb of Mt.
Ontake-san (elev. 3067m).
Shirouma-dake (白馬岳), elev. 2932m, Japan's 18th
Despite being a relatively easy climb, Mt. Shirouma-dake is without
question one of Japan's most dangerous peaks, claiming lives about
Shirouma-dake (白馬岳) Mountain Climbing Accidents
A few news stories of recent Mt. Shirouma-dake mountain climbing
accidents, including in the Daisekkei Valley.
Shirouma-dake (白馬岳) Schedule & Expenses
A record of the Mt. Shirouma-dake schedule & expenses from
my Aug. 25-27, 2006 mountain climbing trip.
Yakushi-dake (薬師岳), elev. 2926 m, Japan's 19th
This mountain just about killed me, but Mt. Yakushi-dake had without
question some of the most striking panoramas and vistas I've ever seen
Kasagatake (笠ヶ岳), elev. 2898m, Japan's 22nd Highest
While this mountain was basically all an uphill climb, the 1800-meter
elevation gain to reach the summit was more of a
Kasagatake (笠ヶ岳) Hiking Schedule, Elevation Profile,
A record of my Mt. Kasagatake hiking schedule (slow!), elevation
profile (from my great watch!), & expenses (ouch!).
Kashimayari-ga-dake (鹿島槍ヶ岳), elev. 2889m, Japan's
Tateyama (立山) & Mt. Tsurugi-dake (剱岳),
Japan's 12th & 14th Highest Mountains
When my climbing buddy and I scaled Mt. Kashimayari-ga-dake
in Aug. 2007, it was our 2nd attempt, having failed 2 years prior.
Mt. Tateyama (立山), elev. 3015 m, and Mt.
Tsurugi-dake (剱岳), elev. 2999
m, are without question two of
Suisho-dake (水晶岳) & Mt. Washiba-dake (鷲羽岳),
Japan's 15th & 20th Highest Mountains
Pics, maps, & description of my Aug. 10-12, 2003 ascent of Mt.
Suisho-dake, elev. 2986 m, & Mt. Washiba-dake, elev. 2924
Suisho-dake (水晶岳) & Mt. Washiba-dake (鷲羽岳)
Schedule & Expenses
Jonen-dake (常念岳), elev. 2857m, Japan's 25th Highest Mountain
A record of the Mt. Suisho-dake & Mt. Washiba-dake schedule
& expenses from my Aug. 10-12, 2003 mountain climbing trip.
Mt. Jonen-dake was the final mountain on my list of the 25 highest
mountains in Japan and one of the easiest and most accessible of all of
Japan's highest peaks.
Jonen-dake (常念岳) Hiking Schedule &
A record of my Aug. 22, 2010 Mt. Jonen-dake
(常念岳) hiking schedule
& elevation profile, including the percent grade of the
various trail sections.
Panorama from the Summit of Mt. Whitney
22-year-old panorama from the summit of Mt. Whitney made from 16 pics
get spliced together (digitally).
Islands Travel, including Cebu, Koh Samui,
Palau, Saipan, Guam, etc.
Stories, pics, and videos of Gary J. Wolff's exotic Pacific islands
travel, including Cebu, Koh Samui, Palau, Guam, Saipan, Langkawi, etc.
One of the most exciting places I've traveled to recently was to
Cebu, Philippines. On the 2nd night in my hotel, the 2009 Miss Silka
beauty pageant was held.
Latest Cebu, Philippines News
Samui, Thailand Travel
Without question, Koh Samui, Thailand is the #1 most beautiful,
charming, and romantic Pacific island travel destination I've ever
Latest Koh Samui, Thailand News
Pics, videos, and descriptions of my April 2009 travel to Palau
which included swimming with dolphins, a jungle river boat cruise, and
a ride on a glass bottom boat.
Latest Palau News
A brief description & pics of my March 2007 Guam travel to
places like Mt. Lamlam, Ritidian Point, Two Lovers Point, &
the Guam Hilton Resort.
Latest Guam News
Pics, videos, & descriptions of my Nov. 2007 Saipan travel,
including Banzai Cliff, Bird Island Sanctuary, Grotto, a talking
buffalo, and the Saipan Grand Hotel.
Ever Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Latest Saipan News
Photos, videos, & descriptions of my July 2010 Langkawi,
Malaysia travel, including the Langkawi cable car, Underwater World, a
mangrove river boat cruise...
Latest Langkawi, Malaysia News
The latest news updates about the strongest ever Japan earthquake and
tsunami on Mar. 11, 2011, including maps, photos, and videos.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami news updates for...
May 28-June 3, 2011
May 21-27, 2011
May 14-20, 2011 (10th week)
May 7-13, 2011
April 30-May 6, 2011 (8th week)
April 23-29, 2011
April 16-22, 2011
April 9-15, 2011
April 2-8, 2011
March 26-April 1, 2011
March 19-25, 2011
March 12-18, 2011
(1st week after Mar. 11, 2011 quake)
Japanese University Students Think About...?
Japanese university students share their comments &
viewpoints on 16 various countries around the world.
Japanese University Students Think About...?, Stories for 2011-2012
by Yoshimizu Koike (小池 嘉瑞)
Stories submitted by Japanese university students during the
2011-2012 school year.
Artwork by Yoshimizu Koike, including Christmas 2010,
Halloween 2010, Reading under the Moon, Celebrate Christmas 2008, and
Bird Observatory (行徳野鳥観察舎)
The Gyotoku Bird Observatory is a 56-hectare natural habitat for
aquatic birds in Ichikawa, Chiba, and a great place to escape Tokyo's
Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA's oldest space shuttle, made its final
touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center on Mar. 9, 2011, ending a 27-year
Man in Tokyo Organizes Relief Effort to Japan
American man in Tokyo reports on his relief effort to deliver donations
& supplies to the Japan tsunami-hit city of Ishinomaki in
Franklin's 13 Virtues
At age 20, Ben Franklin developed & followed a plan of 13
virtues to help himself constantly strive for moral perfection for the
rest of his life.
Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley (養老渓谷)
Pics, maps, & trail description of my Dec. 5, 2010 hike to view
the gorgeous fall colors in the Yoro Keikaku Valley on the Boso
That Hopey, Changey Stuff Workin' Out For Ya?
Less than a week till the 2010 mid-term elections. If you're as
concerned about our country's future as I am, I hope you'll vote wisely
for the reason...
Enterprise "Frees" 33 Chilean Miners
The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free
enterprise & capitalism. It's a remarkable story about all the
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A short list of links to some of the more noteworthy Japanese
websites I've bookmarked thru the years while residing here.
How I Built This Site
A description with videos on how I built this website.
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