(Yomiuri Shimbun)

Luminarie in Kobe



                      (Yomiuri Shimbun)



(Yomiuri Shimbun)

The world's first computer-controlled, crystal-glass 
carillon on a 15-meter Xmas tree at the Mediage 
entertainment complex in Minato Ward, Tokyo



(American Museum of Natural History)

For over 30 years now, the Origami Holiday Tree 
has marked the start of the holidays at the 
American Museum of Natural History in 
New York.  This year's 4.2-meter-high tree was 
decorated with over 1,000 origami birds, insects 
and bats by OrigamiUSA, an origami club led 
by Japanese-Americans.  This year's theme is 
"Origami In Flight."  The holiday tree will be on 
display in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall 
until January 8, 2006.  Volunteers will be on hand 
to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding.


I would

like to put

up a tree in my
heart, and instead

of hanging presents,
I would like to put the

names of all my friends.

Close friends and not so close
friends. The old friends, the new

friends. Those that I see every day

and the ones that I rarely see. The ones

that I always remember and the ones that
I sometimes forget. The ones that are always

there and the ones that seldom are. The friends of

difficult times and the ones of happy times. Friends

who, without meaning to, I have hurt, or, without meaning

to, have hurt me. Those that I know well and those I only know
by name. Those that owe me little and those that I owe so much.
My humble friends and my important friends. The names of all those
that have passed through my life no matter how fleetingly. A tree with
very deep roots and very long
and strong branches so that
their names may never be
plucked from my heart. So
that new names from all
over may join the existing ones. A tree with a very
pleasant shade so that our friendship may take a
moment of rest from the battles of life. “May the
happy moments of Xmas brighten every day of
the new year.” These are my sincere wishes.



This is the most amazing Xmas light show synchronized to music.



Christmas movies by Mary Robinson Reynolds:
Christmas Season
Silent Night


Brilliant 2005 Christmas Light Displays   


Bill Egan's Christmas World  
(learn about Christmas traditions in over 50 countries)


How to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in 350+ languages  


Santa passing Mt. Fuji last year

The official "NORAD Tracks Santa" website (2005)
(get ready now for Christmas Eve !!)


Click here for a very unique Season's Greeting from Ashland University


Click here for the music and lyrics of the famous song "Happy Xmas"
and message of peace by John and Yoko from over 30 years ago !!



The Texas Longhorns are Rose Bowl-bound for 
the 2nd consecutive year to face off against the 
USC Trojans for the national college football 
championship in Pasadena, California on January 4, 2006.




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 Mt. Jii-ga-take (elev. 2670 m), Northern Japan Alps   
My exciting tribute to Larkland P. "Larkie" Colebrooke 
Exciting Halloween 2005 in Tokyo Photos  
Exciting Fall Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley  


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

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

(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  

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 !!  

The Flash Mind Reader  

The History of the "F" Word  
(Not for virgin ears.  Recommended ages: 18 or over)

Engrish.com -- 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!)

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 www.garywolff.com)



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

When God Made You


Thank You to our Troops for a Job Well Done !


  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 wait....trust 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 November 3, 2005)  

Love Poems
(updated November 28, 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 12mb music video essay by Chris Valentine
(Background music:  "Imagine"  by John Lennon) 
(If you have a slow connection, it will be a LONG download!)



  Venus, the 3rd brightest object in the sky, has once again 
graced our evening western sky for the past several months, 
and 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 !!!

  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:

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).
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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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or would just like to yell at me,
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