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  •  allows me to periodically share some interesting stuff about Japanese culture  
  •  keeps you up-to-date on any other postings or news regarding GaryJWolff.com

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Cheers, 
Gary


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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—




Dec. 29, 2022 - 2022, The Year in Pictures

I am indeed very thankful for another wonderful year! As I have done in years past, I sometimes like to put together a collection of photos reflecting back on some of my favorite memories of the past year. As we savor the last few days of this year, I hope you enjoy this 2.5-min. slideshow which features 60 pics to the tune of "Soulful Strut," a 1968 hit by the Chicago soul/jazz ensemble, Young-Holt Unlimited. Best wishes for a magnificent Twenty Twenty-Three, the Year of the Rabbit... 😍🙏



2022, The Year in Pictures,
a 2.5-min. slideshow featuring 60 memories from the past year
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)




Christmas Eve, 2022 - Japanese Christmas trees are just SO pretty!

Merry Xmas to all my dear friends around the globe! Many Japanese Christmas trees are just SO original & creative. I've been collecting pics of them ever since I first moved to Japan, and a few years ago I finally got around to putting them in an album.

Just this week I added 14 new trees I've seen this season, and the collage below shows a few of my favorites:
  • a Texas-themed tree in the Little Texas honky-tonk
  • a HUGE white tree suspended from the ceiling in a multi-level shopping mall
  • one of several snowmen all piled up in the shape of a Christmas tree smiley
  • a triple tree, train station display with a foreground village of cute little internally-illuminated buildings.
All 103 trees are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskqXkiDd
(click the thumbnail images on that page to open up the full-size photos, or click the little right arrow in the upper right to view an animated slideshow)


2022 xmas tree collage
Japanese Christmas trees (full Flicker album)




Dec. 17, 2022 - End-of-year ebook sale!

BIG CHANCE! Smashwords, the world's largest publisher of indie ebooks (>120,000 titles) is now holding its 6th annual end-of-year sale from now till Sunday, January 1, 2023. If you’re looking for a little something extra for that someone special (and that could be YOU!), you might consider one (or more) of my 4 ebooks which are now FREE downloads, WOW!

Normally I would say "Shop till you drop," but in this case, with no cash involved, perhaps I should just say "Download and read till you drop (or fall asleep)." smiley

Here are the 4 titles:
  • The Japan ‒ Texas Connection: Best Friends Forever (BFF)
  • GW's 2016 Wild West Road Trip: 28 Days, 7700 Miles, 8 States, and 10 National Parks
  • Climbing Mt. Fuji: Tips, Q&A, and Climber Stories
  • The View from the Top of Japan: My 2-Decade-Long Quest to Scale the Nation’s 25 Highest Peaks
For more info: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/garyjwolff


Smashwords end-of-year ebook sale
Smashwords end-of-year ebook sale




Dec. 12, 2022 - The magic of a simple smile

"The easiest way to convey energy and enthusiasm is to smile. Now there’s a tip that you can implement today. No waiting, no paying for expensive degrees, no buying a new suit – just smile!!"

—Dan Miller, An Understanding Heart—

Magic of a simple smile
Photo courtesy: Dan Miller, Career Coach &
Author of "48 Days to the Work You Love"





Dec. 7, 2022 - Red Illusion (夢幻回廊)

This collaboration event of Tokyo artists, musicians, and dancers, and organized by world-renowned artist Miki Meguro, celebrated "a world of passion and fantasy." By all means, don't miss the amazing performance by sexy belly dancer Noa, 1st up in this video! What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season...

0:00 Belly dancer Noa (WOW!)
7:22 nature airliner - charming Japanese/Canadian couple singing in French
9:50 Belly dancer Teiko Nharumiya
14:45 Opera singer Shoko Itabashi



Red Illusion (夢幻回廊), a collaboration event of
Tokyo artists, musicians, and dancers
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)




Dec. 3, 2022 - Lone Star State Taxas

Being from Texas, of course this sweatshirt in a Tokyo clothing store caught my eye today, and I believe it's the latest testimony that there's still job security for English proofreaders. smiley Or maybe just a JOKE? Or perhaps a subliminal political message.... like "TAX US." Or maybe "TEX ASS"? laughing icon Never a dull moment in the Land of the Rising Sun...

Lone Star State Taxas
Lone Star State Taxas




Nov. 28, 2022 - Fall Colors Tokyo 2022

It’s that gorgeous time of year again in Tokyo when nature's paintbrush adds a lot of colorful cheer to our lives.

This kind of beautiful scenery warms my heart and puts a lot more spring in my step. Even after more than 3 decades here, this much welcomed boost to our spirit never grows old. Japan is indeed one beautiful country...

 
Fall Colors Tokyo 2022
Fall Colors Tokyo 2022
 (click here to view full album)




Nov. 21, 2022 - Japanese train station postal dropbox

Yes, it's real! You can actually mail letters in it. smiley

Japanese train station postal dropbox
Japanese postal dropbox, JR Shinagawa Station, Tokyo
(photo courtesy: Jim Tittsler)




Nov. 17, 2022 - Happy Birthday to.....ME! smiley

I'm in heaven after being treated to a gorgeous multi-course dinner to celebrate my landmark birthday... from a wonderful friend I've known for over 3 decades after my first arriving in Japan.

landmark birthday dinner
landmark birthday dinner


Another dear friend awarded me a Happy Birthday Gold Medal for being the "best guy in the world," ha ha. laughing icon

Happy Birthday Gold Medal
Happy Birthday Gold Medal




Nov. 12, 2022 - Today's words of wisdom

"The surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness."

—Michel de Montaigne, French Renaissance philosopher—




Nov. 7, 2022 - Houston Astros 2022 World Series Champions!

This year my hometown team went to the World Series for the 4th time in 6 seasons, and I'm so pleased that for the 2nd time since 2017, the Houston Astros are 2022 World Series Champions! YAY! smiley

2022 Houston Astros World Series Champions
2022 Houston Astros World Series Champions
(photo credit: mlb.com)


2022 MLB Postseason Bracket
2022 MLB Postseason Bracket
(photo credit: mlb.com)




Nov. 3, 2022 - Amazing Xmas tree display

Call me old-fashioned, but I still think early November is TOO early to start displaying Xmas decorations. smiley Nonetheless, I was touched by a very beautiful triple tree Xmas tree display I saw yesterday outside a Tokyo train station. Especially impressive was the village of cute little internally-illuminated houses in the foreground.

triple xmas trees




Oct. 25, 2022 - What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?


What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

I believe the main difference is that one will see you later and the other will see you in a while. I could be wrong. I'm not a zoologist. laughing icon




Oct. 18, 2022 - Satomi Koen Rose Festival

Satomi Koen Rose Festival
Ichikawa, Chiba. The full Flickr album is here.




Oct. 17, 2022 - Preparing for Halloween

In anticipation of Halloween, there are now numerous training flights in progress! laughing icon


Went for a ride last night
Went for a ride last night. Had some engine trouble.


broom riding witch




Oct. 6, 2022 - 2 old college buddies enjoy a reunion sing-along



2 old college buddies enjoy a reunion sing-along
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)

0:00 Jesus Is Just Alright
2:42 El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
5:48 Back Home Again







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Jan 24, 2023

Your daily dose of humor :-)

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!!!

(click link to view pic of pilot with seeing eye dog)

Continue reading "Your daily dose of humor :-)"

Jan 24, 2023

Gary J. Wolff's Blog

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.

Continue reading "Gary J. Wolff's Blog"

Jan 08, 2023

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—

Continue reading "S.O.S.: Slower, Older, and Smarter"

Jan 04, 2023

Catchy Traffic Safety Slogans

As a former professional traffic engineer, I built this webpage listing some of my favorite catchy traffic safety slogans I've come across thru the years.

Continue reading "Catchy Traffic Safety Slogans"

Jan 02, 2023

Japan Links

A short list of links to some of the more noteworthy Japanese websites I've bookmarked thru my many years of residing in this phenomenal country.

Continue reading "Japan Links"

Dec 31, 2022

2022, The Year in Pictures

I am indeed very thankful for another wonderful year! As I have done in years past, I sometimes like to put together a collection of photos reflecting back on some of my favorite memories of the past year. As we savor the last few days of this year, I hope you enjoy this 2.5-min. slideshow which features 60 pics to the tune of "Soulful Strut," a 1968 hit by the Chicago soul/jazz ensemble, Young-Holt Unlimited. Best wishes for a magnificent Twenty Twenty-Three, the Year of the Rabbit... 😍🙏

(click link to view slideshow)

Continue reading "2022, The Year in Pictures"

Dec 31, 2022

Japanese Christmas trees are just SO pretty!

Merry Xmas to all my dear friends around the globe! Many Japanese Christmas trees are just SO original & creative. I've been collecting pics of them ever since I first moved to Japan, and a few years ago I finally got around to putting them in an album.

Just this week I added 14 new trees I've seen this season. Click link to view photo collage and link to full photo album...

Continue reading "Japanese Christmas trees are just SO pretty!"

Dec 31, 2022

End-of-year ebook sale!

BIG CHANCE! Smashwords, the world's largest publisher of indie ebooks (>120,000 titles) is now holding its 6th annual end-of-year sale from now till Sunday, January 1, 2023. If you’re looking for a little something extra for that someone special (and that could be YOU!), you might consider one (or more) of my 4 ebooks which are now FREE downloads, WOW!

Normally I would say "Shop till you drop," but in this case, with no cash involved, perhaps I should just say "Download and read till you drop (or fall asleep)." :-)

Here are the 4 titles:
- The Japan ‒ Texas Connection: Best Friends Forever (BFF)
- GW's 2016 Wild West Road Trip: 28 Days, 7700 Miles, 8 States, and 10 National Parks
- Climbing Mt. Fuji: Tips, Q&A, and Climber Stories
- The View from the Top of Japan: My 2-Decade-Long Quest to Scale the Nation’s 25 Highest Peaks

For more info: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/garyjwolff

Continue reading "End-of-year ebook sale!"

Dec 31, 2022

Mt. Kita-dake (北岳), elev. 3193m, Japan's 2nd Highest Mountain

Pics, maps, and trail description of my Oct. 1993 hike to the top of the easily accessible Mt. Kita-dake, elev. 3193m, Japan's 2nd highest mountain.

Continue reading "Mt. Kita-dake (北岳), elev. 3193m, Japan's 2nd Highest Mountain"

Dec 31, 2022

Mt. Ai-no-dake (間ノ岳) and Mt. Shiomi-dake (塩見岳), Japan's 4th & 16th Highest Mountains

Pics, maps, and trail description of my Sept. 1996 climb of Mt. Ai-no-dake (3189m) and Mt. Shiomi-dake, 3047m, Japan's 4th & 16th highest mountains.

Continue reading "Mt. Ai-no-dake (間ノ岳) and Mt. Shiomi-dake (塩見岳), Japan's 4th & 16th Highest Mountains"

Dec 31, 2022

Mt. Senjo-ga-take (仙丈ヶ岳) and Mt. Kai-koma-ga-dake (甲斐駒ヶ岳), Japan's 18th & 24th highest peaks

Pics, maps, and trail description of my Aug. 1997 climb of Mt. Senjo-ga-take and Mt. Kai-koma-ga-dake in the Southern Japan Alps.

Continue reading "Mt. Senjo-ga-take (仙丈ヶ岳) and Mt. Kai-koma-ga-dake (甲斐駒ヶ岳), Japan's 18th & 24th highest peaks"

Dec 31, 2022

Mt. 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), Japan's 6th & 7th highest mountains.

Continue reading "Mt. Warusawa-dake (悪沢岳) and Mt. Akaishi-dake (赤石岳), Japan's 6th & 7th Highest Mountains"

Dec 31, 2022

Mt. Notori-dake (農鳥岳) and the Shiranesanzan (白根三山)

Pics, maps, and trail description of my Aug. 2011 climb of Mt. Notori-dake and the Shiranesanzan in the Southern Japan Alps.

Continue reading "Mt. Notori-dake (農鳥岳) and the Shiranesanzan (白根三山)"

Dec 31, 2022

Preparing and Presenting Scientific Posters

Online resources for preparing and presenting scientific posters, including design layout, sample posters, poster templates, and sample student posters.

Continue reading "Preparing and Presenting Scientific Posters"

Dec 31, 2022

"The View from the Top of Japan" book

The View from the Top of Japan book details Gary’s 2-decade-long journey to the summits of the 25 highest mountains in Japan, including pics and maps.

Continue reading ""The View from the Top of Japan" book"

Dec 31, 2022

Phuket, Thailand Travel

Pics, video, & more details of my March 2012 Phuket, Thailand travel, including Patong Beach, Evason Phuket Resort, Promthep Cape, & the Andaman Sea.

Continue reading "Phuket, Thailand Travel"

Dec 31, 2022

Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2013

Posts include the busy 2013 typhoon season, Tokyo’s stunning fall colors, and screenshots of NORAD tracking Santa as he passed thru Houston & Tokyo.

Continue reading "Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2013"

Dec 31, 2022

Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2014

Posts include Diamond Fuji viewing spots & dates, NORAD Tracks Santa, Midtown 2014 Xmas Illumination, fall colors in Nishizawa Valley, and a total lunar eclipse.

Continue reading "Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2014"

Dec 31, 2022

Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2021

Posts include Dickey's BBQ Pit, Shohei Ohtani, Tokyo Regional Immigration Services Bureau, and

Continue reading "Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2021"

Dec 31, 2022

Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2016

Posts include the 2016, The Year in Pictures movie, McDonald's McDelivery service, Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, and the iOS 10 Photos app

Continue reading "Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives, October-December, 2016"





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  1. Your daily dose of humor :-)

    Jan 24, 23 07:14 AM

    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 a…

    Read more

  2. Gary J. Wolff's Blog

    Jan 24, 23 07:05 AM

    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.

    Read more

  3. S.O.S.: Slower, Older, and Smarter

    Jan 08, 23 01:03 AM

    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, fli…

    Read more










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