Gary J. Wolff
(in Tokyo, Japan)
Welcome to GaryJWolff.com, which since Sept. 2009 has been the new
homepage and cyber parking spot for
Gary Joe Wolff, a Tokyo-based university professor, corporate
communications consultant, model/actor, and all-round nice guy. This website started out as an attempt
to start some
sort of part-time online business, but I spent literally months
and trying in vain to figure out my
niche. Not a clue.
So instead, I decided to just renovate my original
22-year-old website, Gary Joe Wolff (in Japan), (which I have borrowed
some content from as I've populated
this site), but this time doing it right, in a way which provides
greater value to the visitor and catches the attention of search engine
My intent is to continue in the same
vein as before, sharing my uniquely American perspective of Japan's
absolutely fascinating and exciting culture in a way that I hope others
might find humorous or even insightful, including seasonal
photographic and video updates of Japan's stunningly beautiful
As a resident in Tokyo now for a remarkable
quarter-century, I'm often asked
by my stateside family and friends, "Gary, when are you moving back
home?" Or "Why do you like Japan so much?"
My answer to the latter is easy, and for several
Here's my Top
Ten List on why I like living in Japan:
1) The friendly Japanese people (who always laugh
at my old man's gag jokes)
2) The beautiful Japanese mountains (70%
country). Over the past 27 years I've had the pleasure of scaling all
nation's 29 highest peaks and in 2012 published a book entitled The View from the Top of
Japan chronicling my
many mountain climbing expeditions to Japan's spectacular alpine
country. And after Mt. Fuji was named a World Heritage Site in 2013, I
wrote my 2nd mountain climbing book, Climbing
Mt. Fuji: Tips, Q&A, and Climber Stories.
And I'd be remiss not to mention the
absolutely stunning cherry
blossoms and brilliant fall
colors, neither of which we have much of in my home state of
3) A clean, safe, and efficient transport network
2nd to none (thus, no need to own a car). As a former professional
I never cease to be amazed and totally impressed with Tokyo's punctual
train and subway system, safely transporting millions and millions of
commuters across the metroplex every single day.
4) Excellent Japanese food. Ever heard of "negima
yakitori" (grilled chicken & onion kebobs)? It's my favorite, and
always reminds me of Dad's
Texas BBQ, for which he was quite famous.
National health insurance. It doesn't come
cheap, and Obamacare it is NOT,
and the service is sometimes
frustratingly slow and inadequate, but it is definitely nice to have,
especially after you've crossed
the half-century landmark.
Relatively speaking, a very safe and honest country
(almost zero guns). I can't count the number of times I've lost/left
briefcases, shopping bags, coats, a wallet (even w/ cash & credit
cards), and even a newly purchased business suit on the trains, and
they've ALL been turned in to lost-and-found offices.
7) Over 2000 onsen (hot springs), YAY!
Many people speak at least a little English
(well, in the big cities, anyways). There's English TV, radio, movies,
newspapers, signs, train station announcements, etc. All students study
English 3 years in junior high and 3 years in high school (and most
students well into their college years), and recently started studying
it in elementary school as well.
9) The karaoke culture (I LOVE
This wild man needs a WHOLE lot more practice!!
(If the video player above is not visible, you can view the video here.)
10) A convenient launching pad for visiting
other exotic Pacific
island travel destinations in Asia like Cebu, Philippines, Koh
Samui, Thailand, Palau, Guam, Saipan,
Thailand, Fiji, Cook Islands, Boracay,
Nang, Thailand, and Pattaya, Thailand.
A few years ago,
we did an exciting
Japanese university students think about 16 various countries
around the world. Please have a look-see
at these very interesting stories when you get a chance. I think
my students did a wonderful job!
One final note. After the March 11, 2011 strongest ever
Japan earthquake & tsunami
nuclear crisis, because
I was home at the time and never lost my internet connection, in order
my overseas friends & family informed about the latest developments
(they were all literally freaking out at the time, urging me to get the
hell outta Dodge), I started blogging immediately. Over the course of
next 101 days after the triple disaster, I had posted 467 news updates.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the GaryJWolff.com
website and I'd like to thank you for stopping by. If you'd care
to leave a comment at the bottom of this page, it'd be great to hear
Please come back
again soon as you find time to see what's
new (my blog page) and to check up on how the site's
along in the weeks and months ahead.
Take care and thanks again for visiting,
Gary J. Wolff
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