Despite what you may have heard........
Japan is NOT a "safe" country !!!
(Source: Kristen McQuillin's weblog)
here for the complete story (in Japanese) and more detailed clickable maps
on the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's website
Excuse me, but are you
lost? Are you sure you're in the right place?
Oh well, regardless of whether you stumbled here by accident,
came on your own free will, or were ordered here at gunpoint,
why don't you take a load off and stay awhile.
By the way, "Howdy" (as they say back home in Texas) !!
Welcome to my home page.
I live in Tokyo,
an exciting 24-hour-a-day metropolis inhabited by only 30 million folks,
where I am currently working in the English education business.
Unbelievably, I've been here for 12 years now,
and my main job is with a large Japanese construction company.
I have had the pleasure
over 4,000 students
at over 60 companies, schools, and agencies.
I have also worked for a company licensed by Disney,
a job which has taken me to 44 of Japan's 47 prefectures,
singing and dancing for young children
in an English education stage show.
Yes, I started my entertainment career quite young by forming a rock band
at the age of only 4 --
I'm the one in the photo wearing the shades.
(Ha Ha -- Just a joke !!)
My tenure in Japan has been a lot of fun, but
I really do miss my family,
Tex-Mex food, and my mom and dad 's home cooking,
especially my dad's Texas barbeque.
Japan is indeed a very beautiful country
-- it's about 70% mountains --
and I have found the people to be especially warm and kind.
One of the more surprising things I
discovered after moving here is that
Tokyo is not a city,
but in fact, a prefecture,
the equivalent of a U.S. state.
It is a massive expanse of real estate
-- with a land area of 2135 sq. km. --
consisting of 23 wards, 27 cities, 6 towns, 8 villages,
as well as the Izu 7 Islands,
and the beautiful, remote Ogasawara Islands
-- some 1200 km. south of the metropolis --
which include Iwo Jima,
the famous WW II battle site.
And despite living in what is probably the
most populous metropolitan area,
one can be hiking in the mountains in a national park with a less-than-two-hour train ride
or be surfing in the Pacific Ocean with a less-than-one-hour train ride.
The culture here is absolutely fascinating.
Japan is indeed a very interesting country and it has been a pleasure living here.
By the way, I used to have a bunch of boring
stuff on this page about my past life in the States,
including my background, hometown, interests, etc., but it seemed
to be in the way, so I decided to cut and paste it here .
So in case you haven't dozed off by now,
I hope you will have time to visit
the rest of this site.
(over 400 images)
Take me straight to the 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
President George W. Bush Photo Gallery
Feeling a bit down? Click here to boost your spirits with the "Automatic Flatterer"
How to identify if your cow has MAD COW DISEASE
A really cool Honda Accord advertisement
An Amazing Clock that follows your mouse pointer around the screen
The Magic Pinwheel
The Leader of the Free World
DRINK MORE BEER -- It's GOOD for you and HERE'S the proof !!
Click here to Blow Up Osama Bin Laden
The Flash Mind Reader
The History of the "F" Word
Engrish.com -- Engrish Favorites from Japan and around the World
Remember when musicians dressed like THIS? (he-he)
here to see my imagination at work. You'll see my idea unfold from start
(to write with the marker, hold down your left mouse button and then move your pointer).
The Industrious Clock
absolutely HILARIOUS cartoon of George W. Bush.....
you just GOTTA check this one out !!
Lady Liberty Fireworks
You Don't Know Jack Schitt
there was ever any question as to which brand of soy sauce you should use,
here's your answer.
the first time ever, a camera mounted to the Atlantis space shuttle's External
offered a view of the ride to orbit on Oct. 7, 2002
Some New Features you may need on your Computer
Earth Lights from Space
(It may be over, but the dancing never ends!)
The Dancing U.S. Presidents
The Parade of Stars
Fireworks over Tokyo Bay
3D Rotating Clock
Las Vegas Striptease Girl
Risque Jokes, Photos, and Cartoons
(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
Paradox of Our Time
by George Carlin
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's 12 Rules for Life
very moving and inspirational "Interview with God" presentation
(The words to the poem can be viewed here)
Do not be discouraged. There is hope for us all.....right now.
here to see an appeal for PEACE,
issued over 30 years ago by John Lennon.
(Set your priorities. Take care of your rocks first.)
What is the Meaning of Life?
(updated with 18 new quotes on April 6, 2003)
Tips for Success
Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by Baz Luhrmann
Going to College
Life's Many Little Lessons
of Faith in an Apocalyptic Age
by the Reverend John Donald Craig
(Jan. 3, 1915 - Nov. 1, 2002)
A Vanished Friend
The Most Beautiful Flower
Summer of '99 is Over, but the Memories Linger On........
(a short slide show)
Place in the Sun
(an awesome, breathtaking sunset with background music)
Full Moon Fever
(with "Everything I Do... I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams)
Phil Collins in Concert -- "Do You Remember?"
to One of my Favorite Songs Here --
"Open Arms" by Journey
TokyoDV -- News, Photos, Products, and Online Videos from Japan
Japanese Streets -- Exclusive Shots of Japan's Trendy Street Fashion -- 150% Cool
here to see some spectacular fall scenery
from the Northern Japan Alps
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Live Concert Schedules for Some of My Favorite Tokyo Musicians:
Bottleneck Blues Band
Donna Burke & Bill Benfield
More Tokyo Concert Info
Tokyo Live Music
Just How Crowded IS it on Toyko Trains, Anyways?
Gary's Tokyo-Houston News Beacon
What's Newsworthy in Japan These Days?
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)
(fine photographic images of Japan)
More Japan Links
More Tokyo Links
-----------------A TRIBUTE TO DAD-----------------
The Home Page of
-- take a tour through the almost 50-year career of one of the
best fast-pitch softball pitchers who ever lived on this planet --
Web Site Bookmarks
Gary's Past Life in the States
(oops, up on my soapbox AGAIN)
Previous Versions of this Welcome Page:
A Special Tribute to Space Shuttle Columbia -- Feb. 2003
Christmas 2002 (Santa Gary)
Email to President George W. Bush
New Year's 2001
New Year's 2000 (Geisha Gary)
Fall '99 (Ricky "Gary" Martin theme)
'98 Nagano 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).
The site has grown considerably since it was first 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 they say in Texas,
"Y'all come 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,
you can send email here:
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to visit this site so far today!
Ha Ha Ha !
Come back and visit real soon, ok ??!!
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