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Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives
January-March, 2023

This page shows archived posts for Gary J. Wolff's blog from January-March, 2023.

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Gary



Mar. 24, 2023 - Spring has sprung!!

The springtime flowers in Japan bring a non-stop exhilarating display of brilliant colors and sweet fragrances to titillate the senses. The plum blossoms begin in mid-February, followed by the absolutely breathtaking cherry blossoms, and then a continuous overlapping of blooming periods for azaleas, camellias, wisteria, magnolias, peonies, roses, tulips, pansies, irises, hydrangeas, etc. that last well into mid-summer.

What you see now in the album linked below is just the start, so I'm planning to add more pics to it in the weeks ahead! Stay tuned and check back soon! smiley

2023 spring flowers collage
My 2023 Spring Flowers in Tokyo Flickr album
(click link above to view entire album)

Updates:
- 39 new pics added Mar. 27
- 13 new pics added Mar. 31
- 8 new pics added April 4
- 14 new pics added April 12
- 15 new pics added April 18
- 19 new pics added April 19
- 19 new pics added April 30
- 10 new pics added May 8
- 22 new pics added May 18
- 13 new pics added June 5
- 24 new pics added June 22




Mar. 17, 2023 - Happy 70th Birthday to Mr. HAA3

​Congrats to my lifelong good buddy on completing 70 laps around the sun and his promotion to septuagenarian status! smiley All the best to you, my dear friend, for many more wonderful years ahead. Luv ya, brother...



Happy 70th Birthday to Mr. HAA3
(Background music: "World on a String" by Neil Young)
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)




Mar. 10, 2023 - Spring is in the air!

Spring is in the air
Spring is in the air!
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Feb. 28, 2023 - Emma Jo, Live in Tokyo, Feb. 27, 2023

Kansas City country singer/songwriter Emma Jo thrilled the crowd in the Crocodile live house in Tokyo on Mon. Feb. 27, 2023 as part of her Asia tour! ​​This amazing rising star knocked it outta the park! Don't miss her pretty pink boots in the "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" song! smiley

More details on Emma Jo, including how to purchase her songs: https://emmajo.rocks/



Emma Jo, Live in Tokyo, Feb. 27, 2023
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)

0:00 Tucumcari on My Mind
3:19 Folsom Prison
6:39 Queen of the Silver Lining
11:25 In the Ozarks
16:00 Kansas City in the Autumn Time
20:00 I’ve Been Everywhere
24:01 Straight into Mine
29:43 These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
34:27 Walk
39:03 Jack & Jim (encore song)




Feb. 27, 2023 - 2023 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Because of a mild winter and warmer than normal temperatures which are expected to continue into March, this year's cherry blossoms are forecast to bloom 7-10 days earlier than in a typical year.

Cherry blossoms can be viewed virtually everywhere in Japan, but the secret of catching them at full bloom is surfing the cherry blossom front, as it progresses from southwest to northeast across the archipelago, as seen in the map below.

This year in Tokyo the cherry blossoms are expected to begin opening up on Mar. 17, with full bloom expected 1 week later on Mar. 24. Can't wait! smiley
 
2023 cherry blossom front
2023 Cherry Blossom Front, as of Feb. 16
(Source: Weather Map Co., Ltd.)




Feb. 17, 2023 - In Loving Memory of Thomas Arthur Todd

I finally got a round tuit (round tuit). smiley For the past year I've been wanting to pull together all the pics & video clips I have of my lifelong good buddy who went to be with the Lord a year ago today. So now I am finally honoring that wonderful guy whom I admired so much.

If you get a chance, you might appreciate my tribute page for Tom (whom I liked to call T-squared) that I just uploaded today. Miss you, T-squared!





Feb. 14, 2023 - The Stages of Life

20s – Learning
30s – Experimenting
40s – Mastering
50s – Reaping
60s – Guiding
70s – Leaving a Legacy
80s – Maximizing Your Zone of Genius
90s – Savoring a Life Well Lived


The stages of life
The Stages of Life
(Source: Dan Miller, 48days.com, Episode 869, Feb. 10, 2023)

Note: I'm not at liberty to say which stage of life I just entered. I'm afraid that top secret is highly classified... laughing icon




Feb. 10, 2023 - Tobu World Square (東武ワールドスクエア)

The Tobu World Square the​​me park (東武ワールドスクエア), an open-air architectural museum, exhibits 1/25 scale reproductions of world famous architectural structures and historic relics. The park displays skillful & authentic miniature replicas of over 100 architectural structures from 22 countries, including 48 registered as World Heritage Sites.

The next time you're in Japan's Tochigi Prefecture, you can visit the world's most famous landmarks in less than 2 hours and save all those airfare and lodging expenses. laughing icon

Flickr photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjArywd


Tobu World Square
Tobu World Square, Tochigi, Japan
Flickr photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjArywd




Jan. 30, 2023 - Diamond Fuji viewing season from Tokyo

The first 2-week Diamond Fuji viewing season of the New Year from Tokyo has now begun. Diamond Fuji (ダイヤモンド富士) is a phenomenon which occurs when the sun sets into or rises out of Mt. Fuji's cone, setting off sunbeams that resemble a glittering diamond. Several years ago I totally geeked out and put together a listing of the best high-rise spots in Tokyo to view Diamond Fuji with recommended dates, sunset times, and links to Google maps: Diamond Fuji Viewing Spots, Dates, and Times in Tokyo

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Diamond Fuji, Jan. 29, 2023, 16:54 pm




Jan. 28, 2023 - Mt. Fuji in Winter

I just love it when Fujisan puts on her beautiful white winter coat… (and so very thankful I am not attempting to climb the nation’s tallest peak about right now) laughing icon

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Mt. Fuji white winter coat




Jan. 24, 2023 - Your daily dose of humor smiley

A woman was flying from Melbourne to Brisbane. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sydney.

The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. A man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her seeing eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.

He could also tell she had flown this same flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, "Kathy, we are in Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"

The blind lady replied, "No thanks, but maybe Max would like to stretch his legs."

Picture this:
All the people in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw the pilot walk off the plane with a seeing eye dog!

The pilot was even wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they were trying to change airlines!

Have a great day and remember... THINGS AREN'T ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR. A DAY WITHOUT LAUGHTER IS A DAY WASTED!!!

pilot with seeing eye dog
Pilot with seeing eye dog

[Note: Snopes.com has rated the above story "false", but I felt it was just too cute NOT to post, ha ha.] laughing icon




Jan. 8, 2022 - S.O.S.: Slower, Older, and Smarter

An Airbus 380 is on its way across the Atlantic. It flies consistently at 800 km/h at 30,000 feet, when suddenly a Eurofighter with a Tempo Mach 2 appears.

The pilot of the fighter jet slows down, flies alongside the Airbus and greets the pilot of the passenger plane by radio: "Airbus, boring flight isn’t it? Now have a look here!"

He rolls his jet on its back, accelerates, breaks through the sound barrier, rises rapidly to a dizzying height, and then swoops down almost to sea level in a breathtaking dive. He loops back next to the Airbus and asks:   "Well, how was that?"

The Airbus pilot answers: "Very impressive, but watch this!"

The jet pilot watches the Airbus, but nothing happens. It continues to fly straight, at the same speed. After 15 minutes, the Airbus pilot radios, "Well, how was THAT?

Confused, the jet pilot asks, "What did you do?"

The Airbus pilot laughs and says: "I got up, stretched my legs, walked to the back of the aircraft to use the washroom, then got a cup of coffee and a chocolate fudge pastry."

The moral of the story is: When you’re young, speed and adrenaline seem to be great. But as you get older and wiser, you learn that comfort and peace are more important.

This is called S.O.S.: Slower, Older, and Smarter.

Dedicated to all my senior friends  ~  it’s time to slow down and enjoy the rest of the trip. smiley

—Author Unknown—

Airbus 380 and Eurofighter with Tempo Mach 2
Airbus 380 and Eurofighter with Tempo Mach 2


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