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ただいま! (I’m back)

Monday, January 14th, 2008

超すみませんでした! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. But I’m sure not that many people actually visit this page, so no one probably missed me. but I got back from Japan a year ago exactly. And since I’ve been back a lot of stuff has happened. Let’s see…. a brief recap: I graduated from college (finally), moved, got a great job, and have been keeping busy working. I’m a pre-sales systems engineer specializing in network security working for a leading networking company.

I do really love my job, however I miss being in Japan. I’ve been talking to my boss, and I think he knows I’d love to move back. One of the things they mentioned when I was hired on is that I may be relocated, which I don’t mind as long as it’s somewhere I’d actually want to live (aka Alaska is out of the question). My current top choices (in no specific order) are San Fransisco, Vancouver, back to Tokyo, and possibly Seattle. As far as the likelihood that I might move to one of those places, well… your guess is as good as mine.

I’ve been training since I’ve been back, and hopefully soon I’ll get some good pictures for everyone to see. So meanwhile I’ll post some I have lying around of my side trip to Kyoto. Osaka and Nara pics are coming.

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Edo Museum

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Here you go. After a while with no pictures, I finally put up a bleep-ton of pictures. this is everything I took from the trip to the Edo Museum, which has become one of my favorite museums here in Japan (second, only of course to the Raamen Museum). I will post descriptions as time permits.
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Nothing Much here

Monday, November 27th, 2006

a few things happened this past weekend, but I will write about that later. right now, this is my friend Chris with beer goggles. oh, and an interesting sign I saw at an elementary school here in Japan.

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Busy busy weekend.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

So much happened this past weekend, I barely know where to start. It was a long weekend due to the fact that it was the Obirin Cultural Festival (学祭). So Thursday I went to the Ghibli Museum. it was AWESOME!!! by far one of the best days Ive spent in Japan so far. I have a few pics I’ll upload, but they wouldnt let us take pictures or video inside the museum. 🙁 I definately want to go back… and we saw the Totoro film too!

The next 2 days (Friday and Saturday) was the cultural festival. My club and I (Aikido club) sold chocobananas. so I basically spent the next two days walking all around campus in my dogi and hakama selling tickets for chocobananas.

I also finished compiling the video of camp. Click here for the Yamanaka video (44mb) This video was encoded with divx 6, so you need the new DivX codec. You can download it here. I’ll put up the pics I took when I can get them to my computer. I’ve just been really lazy busy lately. 🙂

Edit:I finally got around to uploading some pics.

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Aikido competitions

Monday, October 30th, 2006

This past Saturday the Aikido club went to a competition in Tokyo Olympic Park. It was actually a rather large competition with groups from all over the world. It was rather insane. I got lots of video, so when i finish editing it all it’ll go up. I saw some insane things tho, like grandmasters flipping people while sitting down, and i even saw like some 12 year olds performing some rather advanced moves. one of the best parts was the kindergardeners doing aikido. Kids are so cute 🙂

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Random weirdness.

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

My friend sent me this link. I figured Id share.

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also, random pic of some Engrish i took.

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Shiodome and Ginza

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

This past weekend I went to Shiodome to hang out with my buddy Michael (he’s an aussie). we had a pretty cool time. showed me ginza and stuff. theres a lot of really cool architecture there.

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finally we had dinner (insanely good raamen. no pics, sorry) and went to the Sky Tower go get some really cool pictures. it looks cooler than these, but i did what i could. Im no expert photographer, nor a camera-otaku, like Chris, for example. I also got some neat video zoomed in on a ferris wheel that I’ll upload soon.
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Mt. Fuji

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

So last week we went “camping” by Mount Fuji. I got some good pics, and a bunch of video. Im currently editing a video of camp and I’ll put that up when i get it edited/encoded. meanwhile, here is Mount Fuji.

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Pics for Monica

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

These are some pics I took while visiting Chinatown in Yokohama a few weeks ago. Monica wanted me to post these pics up, so here they are.

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I also have a cool one I made of Yokohama bay and the suspension bridge I think its the longest in the world. the pic is large, so be warned.

Yokohama Bridge

First few weeks

Friday, October 6th, 2006

This isnt what you think it is.
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Raamen! my favorite food here.
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It’s Nakamura-san! (one of the really cool coordinators of our program here)
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Note: I tried messing with the layout like a million times. if it still looks messed up, that means I gave up.