(please wait a little while longer for the magnificent fireworks display above)
A Summer Night in Japan
The Rainbow Bridge and yakatabune party boats parked in Tokyo Bay adjacent to the Odaiba New Waterfront Area
Fourth of July Greeting Cards:
Larry's Fireworks Workshop
Dancing Barbeque Parade
Fourth of July Fireworks
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.
I've been here for over 9 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 most surprising
things for me
was to discover after moving here 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 world's
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 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.
Take me straight to the Photo Gallery
Exciting Japan Photos
(updated August 31, 2000)
Exciting Texas Photos
(updated August 31, 2000)
Exciting Mountain Photos
Exciting Disney Kid Photos
Exciting Halloween in Tokyo Photos
Exciting Friend and Family Photos
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 2
(updated August 31, 2000)
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 3
(added August 31, 2000)
3D Rotating Clock
Las Vegas Striptease Girl
(updated September 12, 2000)
Flowers in Texas
(a virtual slide show)
The History and Lyrics of the Song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
-------------------FEEL GOOD STUFF-------------------
What is the Meaning of Life?
Inspiration and Hope
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 D. Craig
Smiles to Help Brighten Your Day
More and More Smiles to BrightenYour Day
A Vanished Friend
Paradox of Our Time
by George Carlin
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
Carlin's Latest Theory on Life
(added September 12, 2000)
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
Live Concert Schedules for Some of My Favorite Tokyo Musicians:
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)
Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Visiting or relocating to Japan? Get your questions answered here)
Japan Photo Gallery
(a comprehensive photo compilation of interesting Japanese culture)
(fine photographic images of Japan)
More Japan Links
More Tokyo Links
-----------------A TRIBUTE TO DAD-----------------
Home Page of Walter Wolff
-- a real softball legend --
Web Site Bookmarks
Gary's Past Life in the States
(oops, up on my soapbox AGAIN)
(updated August 28, 2000)
Versions of this Welcome Page:
New Year's 2000 (Geisha Gary)
Fall '99 (Ricky Martin theme)
'98 Nagano Winter Olympics
Original Home Page Published January 27, 1997
----------YEAR 2000 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION----------
Is anyone besides me
already sick and tired of all the hoopla?
When will it ever end?
Thank God I am living abroad now so I don't have to be assaulted
by all the TV and radio ads every day.
Here are some of the sites that have popped up for the Texas Governor,
both promotional and parody,
who has been called everything from a spoiled rich kid
to Prince George:
The Bush Watch
Californians for Bush 2000
Jennifer's Bush Family News
B2K: the Bush 2000 Network
The Governor of Texas - George W. Bush
George W. Bush For President of the USA
Welcome to the Office of the Governor, the State of Texas
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,
or would just like to yell at me,
you can send email here:
You are person number
to visit this site so far today!
Ha Ha Ha !
Come back and visit real soon !!
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