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Color paperback: 126 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Shipping weight: 8.6 ounces
Published: Nov. 18, 2012
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"I just wanted to let you know that I have been thoroughly enjoying your book. I particularly like your musings about all that you encounter along the way: those that you climb with, those that you meet along the way, unique views and scenery, the conditions of facilities, and particularly the way you cleverly weave Coca-Cola Zero into the stories. I commend you for the great effort you have made to compile all this information into a handy resource. Writing a book is a challenge that many people contemplate, but you deserve special praise for, first, accomplishing something worthy of a book, and second, demonstrating the perseverance needed over the years to document, compile, organize, and construct a work that others can make use of. I still haven't finished, but it has been a delight so far."
—Michael, Tokyo, Japan
"That's awesome - Congratulations, Gary! I now own it!!! Going to print it in colour, bind it, and put it on the coffee table. :)"
—Derek, Melbourne, Australia
"REALLY enjoying your book, Gary. I just downloaded it today, and I've just now finished the Mt. Fuji chapter. Thank you for sharing your passion for mountain climbing. This is going to be a very special read!"
—Bruce, Mesa, Arizona
"Great, Gary. Now it looks like you will be climbing an even steeper mountain — publishing. Good luck. Bought it and looking forward to it on my iPad."
—Chuck, Tokyo, Japan
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—Arka, Tokyo, Japan
"It starts off very good, Gary: 'Let's be frank....' That's easy for me. I downloaded it to my laptop."
—Frank, San Antonio, Texas
"Fantastic, Gary! Congrats....let me grab one and help U to sell it out....Smile!"
—Ditas, Tokyo, Japan
"For you climbers out there. Gary has been doing this for years, highly recommended!"
—Robert, Naples, Florida
"Wow. this is ALL so impressive. Not only a really great Texan, but he managed to scale all of Japan's 25 highest peaks. Well done, Gary!!!"
—Allyson, Tsukuba, Japan
"That's absolutely awesome. I am envious. Great job!!"
—Eric, Tokyo, Japan
"Congratulations, Gary! On the climbs AND the book!"
—Cindy, Tokyo, Japan
"Congratulations, Gary! I don’t have i-gadgets. But when I have one, I will buy one. :) I like the subtitle."
—Nozomi, Tokyo, Japan
"Go for it, Gary! I'll climb vicariously through you."
—Sam, Bryan, Texas
"This is my cousin Gary J. Wolff. I can't wait to read his book!! I'm sure it will do well!!!"
—Tish, Belgrade Lakes, Maine
"Hope many people will buy it, Gary!!! We are living in modern times with hopefully enough modern people buying your book. Interesting topic, I think."
—Berndt, Tokyo, Japan
"Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment."
—Donald, Kawasaki, Japan
"So happy for you! Way to go!"
—Beverly, Austin, Texas
About the author:Gary Joe Wolff is a Tokyo-based corporate communications consultant, university professor, and all-round nice guy. From Houston, Texas, USA, Gary earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas and worked 12 years as a registered professional transportation engineer before moving to Tokyo in 1991.
Since then he's been a specialist in intercultural corporate training for Japanese engineers & managers in preparation for their overseas assignments, and has taught at over 80 different companies, schools, and agencies.
Also, for the past 16 years he has been a professor of Science English, Spoken English, and TOEFL/TOEIC Test preparatory classes for electrical engineering, computer science, & agriculture majors in the School of Science and Technology at one of Japan's oldest and most prestigious private universities.
Since his Boy Scout days, Gary has been passionate about the great outdoors, and so in his free time, he tries to get up into the spectacular Japan Alps as often as possible. During the past 25 years, he has scaled all of the highest 29 peaks in Japan and 38 of the tallest 50.
Although Gary has published a number of technical and academic papers during his engineering & teaching careers, The View from the Top of Japan is his 1st venture into book publishing. In 2013, he published his 2nd book on Japanese mountain climbing, Climbing Mt. Fuji: Tips, Q&A, and Climber Stories.
He has found living in Japan to be a truly fascinating and rewarding cultural experience, and claims to have at least 3 or 4 more books on his mind. Stay tuned to Gary's latest updates from Japan on this site's blog page!
Atop Mt. Jonen-dake (常念岳), Japan's 45th highest mountain
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