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Watermelon, baseball, mountain climbing, riverside barbeques, rooftop beer gardens,
summer festivals, swimming pools, fireworks displays, the beach.  Summertime has arrived !!
What are we waiting for?.......



Jii-ga-take (elev. 2670m)
Northern Japan Alps



The magnificent view of God's green earth from the summit of Shirouma-dake,
elev. 2932m, Japan's 26th highest peak  (source: Miyuki Tan)


The Meiji University mountain climbing club celebrates their ascent to the top of Shirouma-dake,
elev. 2932m, Japan's 26th highest peak  (source: Miyuki Tan)



A very international day at Enoshima Island on Umi no Hi (Marine Day), July 18, a national holiday in Japan. 
Our group included folks from Germany, S. Africa, France, Australia, Taiwan, and of course, Japan and the states.  



Sun worshippers pack Enoshima Beach on Monday, July 18 as the mercury
 soared to 33 degrees on the last day of a three-day weekend.

Q:  Tony, what do you think of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes?
A:  They're GR-R-R-R-REAT !!!



Richard Gere advertises for The Tokyo Towers high-rise condos



The University of Texas Longhorn baseball team
poses in front of the UT Tower to celebrate their
June 26 victory in the finals of the College World Series 
to become America's best college baseball team 



Jack Bauer makes a splash in Japanese TV commercials
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Ever heard of the "Screamin' SkyCoaster" amusement park ride?  
Check out this AMAZING video !!! 
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Click here (Oops, that link went south...) to see the most AMAZING 6-minute video of some Chinese Dancers.
And there's more to it than meets the eye. These dancers are all hearing-impaired. 
Their (incredible) coordination is all due to the cues they get from 
the people you see on the sides of the stage. 
This was their live performance for the 2005 Chinese New Year. 



The Columbia is alive and Japan,
as playground equipment on the rooftop of a Tokyo nursery school



Japanese Irises
Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, June 25, 2005



"Negima yakitori," my favorite Japanese food
(grilled chicken and onion kabobs)



The Phoenix Seagaia Ocean Dome in Miyazaki Prefecture is listed in the 
Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest indoor water park



Thank you to our Armed Forces, who place their lives on the line every day !! 
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Beautiful hydrangeas everywhere, a sure sign
Tokyo's early summer, 6-week rainy season has arrived



           Don't Litter !!               Pick up your dog's poop !!



The snow-coated face of Fuji-san, the nation's highest peak, glimpsed from the 
cockpit of a Cathay Pacific 747 en route to Taipei, by Steve Abbey



Sunset over Tokyo's Edo River
 5/31/2005, 6:38 pm 



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Satomi Koen Rose Garden -- June 4, 2005



Venus, the 3rd brightest object in the sky, has once again begun to 
grace our evening skies after a long absence, and the above represents the 
planetary alignment as of June 5, 2005. 
Input your own custom set of parameters at Solar System Live.



A new system being implemented by Tokyo train companies to provide refuge for women from gropers.
("Japan is a SAFE country!!")



Attention news junkies:  Interesting new ways of getting your news fix graphically


Gary Joe Wolff
(in Japan)



Navigating this site:

--------------------EXCITING PHOTO GALLERY--------------------
(over 400 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  
Exciting Mt. Suisho-dake & Mt. Washiba-dake, Northern Japan Alps
Exciting Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Exciting Fall Colors in Japan


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

Wonderful World  (pps) 
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.)



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

(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 

A very funny TV commercial  

Bill Maher's New Rules  

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  

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  
(Not for virgin ears.  Recommended ages: 18 or over) -- Engrish Favorites from Japan and around the World  

Remember when musicians dressed like THIS? (he-he)  

 The Industrious Clock  

 An absolutely HILARIOUS cartoon of George W. Bush.....
you just GOTTA check this one out !!

 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!)

The Dancing U.S. Presidents

The Parade of Stars

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 Time
by Dr. Bob Moorehead,
former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church

The Twilight Zone page
(the original splash page for



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

  I Like Dreamin' 

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 July 12, 2005)  

Love Poems
(updated Feb. 22, 2005)

Tips for Success

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--------------------

  Please check out my favorite 
English Conversation Lounge,
Mickey House

  The Small Print  
(this week’s required Japan reading by Rick Kennedy)

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:

Charlie Fukami  
Alan Patton
Bottleneck Blues Band
Marble Tears  
Aki Sasaki

Donna Burke & Bill Benfield

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 !!    

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.

Wake-Up Call -- Flight Day 15 -- Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107,
a music video essay by Chris Valentine
(Background music:  "Imagine"  by John Lennon) 

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 !!!

  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

Gary's Past Life in the States

Web Site Bookmarks




Previous Versions of this Welcome Page:

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 !!

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