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 Happy Fall & Merry Xmas 2008

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Gary Joe Wolff
(in Japan)
Vers. LII

 Gary singing karaoke

Welcome to MY Space.....
not to be confused with that OTHER one !

It's my take on Japan, Texas, and the world.

Enjoy !!


Ted Evan Stewart -- March 22, 1957 - January 9, 2008

A special memorial webpage has now been prepared to honor our departed friend,
Ted Evan Stewart
March 22, 1957 - January 9, 2008



Calvin and Hobbes -- "I need to be subsidized."



Merry Christmas card sent from Japan's high-speed internet communication satellite, Kizuna

This Christmas card was sent to me from Space.
I received this from Japan's high-speed internet communication
satellite "KIZUNA," which is in orbit 36,000 km above Earth.
A special Tokyo friend of mine applied to JAXA (Japanese space agency)
for me to receive this Season's Greeting from space.



"Celebrate Christmas" by Yoshimizu Koike

"Celebrate Christmas"
by Yoshimizu Koike
(an original production by one of my university students)




This is really, really neat.  Watch the actual 24-hour flow of air traffic around the day turns into night and then back into day.

Note the well known increases in air traffic congestion as the sun comes up in Western Europe and North America, turning their airspaces into real beehives of activity!

There are also the other well known flows:
1) air traffic across the North Atlantic...westbound during daylight, eastbound at night (watch how each direction fires off like a water cannon as the sun comes up in Europe, or goes down in North America
2) the expected flow across the North Pacific
3) the well known flow from the U.S. West Coast out to the Hawaiian Islands 

Look at how lonely it must be flying the south Pacific between Argentina/Chile at the southernmost tip of South America over to Australia.  And just a couple of aircraft between Australia to South Africa!  Lonely days and lonely nights, all over water.

A larger and much easier-to-see animation can be found HERE.



Santa & Mrs. Claus strawberry desserts

Santa & Mrs. Claus cheer up the desserts plate at a Tokyo year-end party



Starlight Garden, Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi, Tokyo

Starlight Garden
About 125,000 blue and white LED bulbs representing the infinite universe
depict the Milky Way and constellations on the 2,000 square
meter Grass Square at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi



Venus, Jupiter, and the Crescent Moon on Dec. 1, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
                                                    Courtesy: Farhana Wahid

Venus, Jupiter, and the Crescent Moon on Dec. 1, 2008
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Caretta Blue Ocean, Xmas 2008, Shiodome, Tokyo

Caretta Blue Ocean
Shiodome, near JR Shimbashi Station, Tokyo
Thru Xmas Day, Dec. 25, 2008



Gaien Icho Namiki Dori (Ginkgo Avenue) 1

Gaien Icho Namiki Dori (Ginkgo Avenue) 2

Gaien Icho Namiki Dori (Ginkgo Avenue) 3

Gaien Icho Namiki Dori (Ginkgo Avenue)
Tokyo, Japan
Dec. 3, 2008



HERE are the subway rules:

"Please refrain from drunken behavior."

"Please refrain from drunken behavior." -- Please do it at home.


...and HERE is a prime example of an infraction in progress
by one of Tokyo's most habitual violators:



Double rainbow near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
                                                                                      Courtesy:  H. Wolff

Double rainbow near Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008



Nabana no Sato theme park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, Japan
                                      KYODO PHOTO

An estimated 4.5 million light-emitting diodes
offer an amazing spectacle at the Nabana no
Sato theme park in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture,
on Saturday, Nov. 15. The annual winter light
show is scheduled to run until March 8.



Autumn reflections in Kamikochi, Nagano, by Anne Wittrick

Autumn reflections in Kamikochi, Nagano, by Anne Wittrick



Halloween 2008 in Tokyo




The Magic of Japan's Fall Colors
Nikko, Japan
Oct. 18-19, 2008



What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas



Seagull in Manistee, MI stealing Doritos from a convenience store

A seagull in Manistee, MI has developed the habit of stealing Doritos from a
neighborhood convenience store. The seagull waits until the Manager isn't looking,
and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.
Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds. 
The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the
store in Manistee, MI and helped himself to a bag of Doritos.
Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.
The Manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the
feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business,
and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's
stolen bags of Doritos because they think it's so funny.
However, the Manager did say, 'This is Michigan, and if that seagull starts to
grab a 6-pack o' Bud to go along with the Doritos, I may have to put a stop to it.'



illuminated signboards outside JR Shinjuku Station advertising the 10th anniversary of Tower Records Shinjuku

Just when I thought I'd seen everything, then there were these people
outside the south exit of JR Shinjuku Station with illuminated signs on their backs
advertising the 10th anniversary of Tower Records Shinjuku. 



"This vehcie is done to weaken an air conditioner"

Somehow I think this message inside a Tokyo subway got lost in translation !!  



Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Fuji -- courtesy: Joji Yoshida
                                                                                                                Courtesy:  Joji Yoshida

Sunrise from the summit of Mt. Fuji
Japan's tallest peak
Sept. 14, 2008



Redneck fire alarm

Redneck Fire Alarm




Photos of Hurricane Ike and my Houston Vacation




Mt. Yakushi-dake, elev. 2926 m, Japan's 19th highest peak, Aug. 9-11, 2008



Navigating this site:

--------------------EXCITING PHOTO GALLERY--------------------
(almost 1000 images)

Take me straight to the Exciting Photo Gallery
Exciting Japan Photos

Exciting Texas Photos
Exciting Mountain Photos
Exciting Disney Kid Photos
Exciting Halloween Photos
Exciting Friend and Family Photos
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 2
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 3
Exciting President George W. Bush Photo Gallery
Exciting Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps Photos   
Exciting Suisho-dake & Washiba-dake Mountain Climbing Photos, Northern Japan Alps
Exciting Cherry Blossoms in Japan Photos
Exciting Fall Colors in Japan Photos
Exciting Jii-ga-take Mountain Climbing Photos, Northern Japan Alps   
A photo tribute to my uncle Larkland P. "Larkie" Colebrooke 
Exciting Halloween 2005 in Tokyo Photos   
Exciting Fall Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley Photos, Boso Peninsula, Chiba   
Exciting Shirouma-dake (Hakuba) Mountain Climbing Photos   
Exciting Tokyo Bay Fishing at Miura Kaigan Photos-- Saturday, June 16, 2007 
Exciting Guam Vacation Photos -- March 19-22, 2007 
Exciting Mt. Kashimayari-ga-dake Mountain Climbing Photos -- Aug. 11-13, 2007 
Exciting Houston Vacation Photos -- Sept. 8-17, 2007 
Exciting Saipan Vacation Photos -- Nov. 23-28, 2007 
Exciting Mt. Yakushi-dake Mountain Climbing Photos, Aug. 9-11, 2008 
Exciting Gary's Santa Pics


--------------------EXCITING SLIDE SHOWS--------------------  

In the Garden (pps)
Ten Things God Won't Ask (pps)   
Life on the Train (pps)   
Marvelous Antarctica (pps)   
Spectacular Pictures (pps)   
Wonderful World 
Amazing Picture Show 
Happy Canada Day 
The Interview with God
There is hope for us all.....right now
The Center of the Bible  (pps)  
Live a Life that Matters
Colors of the World
Magnificent World Mountains
Golf Truisms
Winter Day  (pps) 

(These PowerPoint (pps) files are rather large and 
may take a while to download, depending on the speed of your connection. 
Perhaps it is better to save them to your hard disk first, and then to view them locally. 
If you do not have PP on your computer, you can download a free viewer here.)



-----------------A TRIBUTE TO DAD-----------------

In loving memory of Walter Fred Wolff -- 1932-2004
(Dec. 22, 1932--June 7, 2004)
-- take the tour through the almost 50-year career of one of the
best fast-pitch softball pitchers who ever walked on this planet --

Also, you can read dad's obituary here.


--------------------FUN STUFF--------------------

 Dancing Bush

  Dancing Bush  

Dancing Cowboy Gary

  Dancin' Cowboy Gary
(Oops, the link went south.  Dang, you missed a good one. )

A very funny TV commercial  

Bill Maher's New Rules  

Risque Humor

The End of the World    

Happy Firecracker Day to you !!   
(Oh, you mean it's not the 4th of July yet? Darn....)

ATTENTION ALL WIVES:  Wanna be sure of pleasing your man?
Then "The Good Wife's Guide" is a must read !!  (he-he)   

Feeling a bit down?  Click here to boost your spirits with the "Automatic Flatterer"  

How to identify if your cow has MAD COW DISEASE 
(courtesy:  Mr. Lenny Burns) 

A really cool Honda Accord advertisement  

An Amazing Clock that follows your mouse pointer around the screen  
(works best with Internet Explorer browser)

The Magic Pinwheel  

The Leader of the Free World  

DRINK MORE BEER -- It's GOOD for you and HERE'S the proof !!  

The Flash Mind Reader  

The History of the "F" Word  
(Not for virgin ears.  Recommended ages: 18 or over) -- Engrish Favorites from Japan and around the World  

 The Industrious Clock  

 Lady Liberty Fireworks  

 You Don't Know Jack Schitt

 If there was ever any question as to which brand
of soy sauce you should use, here's your answer.

 Groovin' Granny

  Earth Lights from Space 

The Bush-Gore Dance
(It may be over, but the dancing never ends!)

Fireworks over Tokyo Bay

3D Rotating Clock

Las Vegas Striptease Girl

Springtime Flowers in Texas
(a virtual slide show)

The history and lyrics of the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"

Smiles to Help Brighten Your Day

George Carlin's Latest Theory on Life

The Paradox of Our Age
by Dr. Bob Moorehead,
former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church

The Twilight Zone page
(the original splash page for



-------------------FEEL GOOD-------------------


My Tribute to Sigi Rindler, a.k.a. Mr. Akihabara

My Tribute to Sigi Rindler, a.k.a. Mr. Akihabara
(revised Dec. 26, 2008)


"What Will Matter"
by Michael Josephson


"A Friend"


Ten Guidelines from God
Ten Guidelines from God


This Place I Go   


When God Made You
When God Made You


Bless our Troops & their families
Thank You to our Troops for a Job Well Done !


Character Counts!
(Commentaries by Michael Josephson)  

The Center of the Bible   
(if you have PowerPoint & a high-speed connection, 
it's worth the me) 

Cowboy Bush   
(hey, WHAT'S wrong with being a COWBOY, anyways ??!!)

   Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's 12 Rules for Life  

 The very moving and inspirational "Interview with God" presentation
(The words to the poem can be viewed here) 

 Don't be discouraged. There is hope for us all.....right now.  

I Believe  

(Set your priorities. Take care of your rocks first.)

What is the Meaning of Life?

Inspiration and Hope  
  (updated June 22, 2008)  

Love Poems

Everyone's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by Baz Luhrmann

Going to College

Life's Many Little Lessons

Affirmation of Faith in an Apocalyptic Age
by the Reverend John Donald Craig
(Jan. 3, 1915 - Nov. 1, 2002)

I've Learned....

A Vanished Friend

The Most Beautiful Flower

The Summer of '99 is Over, but the Memories Linger On........
(a short slide show)



--------------------JAPAN STUFF--------------------

  A in J Fortune (Associates in Japan) 
(English language programs, homestays, website design services)

  Please check out my favorite 
English Conversation Lounge,
Mickey House

Mickey House English Conversation Lounge, Takadanobaba, Tokyo

  The Small Print  
(this week’s required Japan reading by Reg Dunlap)

Photo of the Week   
(from Metropolis, Japan's No. 1 English Magazine)

Vending Machines of Japan 

A Photo Documentary of Kamagasaki, the largest slum in Japan   
(by Shannon Higgins)

TokyoDV -- News, Photos, Products, and Online Videos from Japan  

Japanese Streets -- Exclusive Shots of Japan's Trendy Street Fashion -- 150% Cool  

 Cherry Blossoms in Japan

 Click here to see some spectacular fall scenery
from the Northern Japan Alps

Live Concert Schedules for Some of My Favorite Tokyo Musicians:

Paul Cohen  
Steve Gardner  
Charlie Fukami  
Maro Sakai (Marble Tears)
Aki Sasaki

Jim Ediger
Miya Ishida

More Tokyo Concert Info

Just How Crowded IS it on Toyko Trains, Anyways?

Gary's Tokyo-Houston News Beacon

What's Newsworthy in Japan These Days?

A Live Minicam View of Mt. Fuji
(Japan Time = GMT + 9 hours)

Rob's Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Visiting or relocating to Japan? Get your questions answered here)

Photo Japan
(fine photographic images of Japan)

More Japan Links

More Tokyo Links



-------------------SKY/SPACE STUFF------------------- 

Heavens-Above !!    

Heavens-Above Attention all stargazers !!  If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come to the right place!  Their aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites, as well as a wealth of other space flight and astronomical information. They not only provide the times of visibility, but also detailed star charts showing the satellite's track through the heavens. All their pages, including the graphics, are generated in real-time and customized for your location and time zone.



Flight crew - Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107

Wake-Up Call -- Flight Day 15 -- Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107,
Wake-Up Call -- Flight Day 15 -- Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107
a  2:50 min. music video essay by Chris Valentine
(The song "Imagine" by John Lennon is the actual music the 7 astronauts woke up to this day,
just 2 days before they perished upon reentry on Feb. 1, 2003) 


Solar System Live

  The above represents the planetary alignment as of June 5, 2005. 
Input your own custom set of parameters at Solar System Live.


Secret Worlds: The Universe Within 
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. 
Then move through space towards the Earth 
in successive orders of magnitude until you reach 
a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the 
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. 
After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf 
into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, 
the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, 
into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.


  For the first time ever, a camera mounted to the Atlantis space shuttle's 
external tank offered a view of the ride to orbit on Oct. 7, 2002


Sunrise/Sunset Times

Today's Moon Phase
Courtesy: U.S. Naval Observatory  



-------------------KARAOKE ROOM-------------------  

OK, well there's no little bouncing ball, nor color-highlighted text,
but you've got the words and the music, so.....Get After It !!!

  The Time of My Life  
by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

(from the movie "Dirty Dancing")

  What I Like about Texas  
by Gary P. Nunn

  London Homesick Blues  
by Gary P. Nunn

  Thank you (to our Armed Forces)  
by Hank Brake

  Good Morning Beautiful  
by Steve Holy

  Truly, Madly, Deeply  
by Savage Garden

  Who am I  
by Casting Crowns

  I Like Dreamin'  
by Kenny Nolan

  In My Daughter's Eyes  
by Martina McBride

  Could I Have This Dance?  
by Anne Murray

by John Lennon

A Place in the Sun
by Stevie Wonder

Everything I Do... I Do It For You 
by Bryan Adams

Do You Remember?
by Phil Collins

Open Arms 
by Journey

Happy Xmas
by John and Yoko Lennon

The Yellow Rose of Texas
by J. K.


--------------------BORING STUFF--------------------

My Resume  (zzzzzzzzz...)

Gary's Past Life in the States

Website Bookmarks
(no longer maintained)




Previous Versions of this Welcome Page:

Summer 2008
Happy Spring 2008
Happy Valentine's Day 2008
New Year's 2008
Fall/Xmas 2007
Summer 2007
Spring 2007
New Year's 2007
Xmas 2006 in Japan
Summer 2006
Spring 2006
New Year's 2006
Merry Xmas from Japan !! (2005)
Japan's Spectacular Fall Colors (2005) 
Summertime !!! (2005)
Spring has Sprung in Japan !!! (2005)
Happy Chinese New Year's 2005
New Year's 2005 ("2004--the Year in Pictures" photo collage, plus Samurai Gary)
Christmas 2004
Fall 2004
Run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election
(Click here to see my special Election 2004 page)
Happy Summer !! (2004)
In Loving Memory of Dad--1932-2004 (June 2004)
Golden Week Boredom (2004)
I Love Spring !! (2004)
Mars Rover Photos -- February 2004
New Year's 2004 ("2003--the Year in Pictures" photo collage)
Christmas 2003 (Blue Santa Gary)
The View from the Top of Japan -- Fall 2003
Japan is NOT a Safe Country !! -- Summer 2003

Operation Iraqi Freedom -- Spring 2003
A Special Tribute to Space Shuttle Columbia -- Feb. 2003 
Christmas 2002 (Santa Gary)   
Fishing, Climbing, C&W Dancing -- Fall 2002
Fuji-Xerox World Cup Soccer Ad -- Summer 2002
Christmas 2001
Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps -- Fall 2001
Cherry Blossoms along the Tama River -- Spring 2001

Email to President George W. Bush -- Feb. 20, 2001
Happy 21st Century !! -- New Year's 2001
Christmas 2000
Japan's Spectacular Fall Colors -- Fall 2000
A Summer Night in Japan -- Summer 2000
Spring 2000
New Year's 2000 (Geisha Gary)
Fall '99 (Ricky "Gary" Martin)
Summer Fun in Japan -- Summer '99
Spring has Come (春が来た) -- Spring '99
Christmas '98
'98 Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics
Original Home Page published January 27, 1997



Well, I guess that's all for now. Thanks for visiting.
I sincerely hope this web site has been a culturally rewarding experience for you (joke).
It's grown considerably since first being launched in Jan. '97, 
and it is unlikely you will be able to see everything in only 1 visit.
So please bookmark this site and come back when you can stay longer.
Or as we say back in Texas,
"Y'all cum back now, ya heah?"
Happy surfing !!

And don't forget to drop me a line if you have time.
If you have any comments, suggestions, complaints,
or would just like to yell at me,
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