Monday, June 26, 2006

storm monday night

for the first time in a very long time, i had mexican food...

hunting donw stuff for fajitas at omitro market in downtown

it's official.... mondays, esp during the rainy season in japan suck. but the weekend was fun, made mexican food and just had a mini vacation from everything without going anywhere

Friday, June 23, 2006

happy birthday Jane

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


the squid boats are back at night

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

spring soccer tournament

on the 2nd day we moved to a higher pitch as it was raining on the fields lower in the mountains. only problem was this field was so high we were in a huge cloud bank. this made playing a little difficult

inside a 2.5 km tunnel on the road to nagano

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

a wednesday in june

tearing down part of the medical school

when a bolt of lightning strikes down the street from your apartment at 430 in the morning you wake up to skies like these

kahoku valley north of uchinada

Saturday, June 10, 2006

May's Sumo

national sumo stadium in tokyo. Two 15 day national tournaments are held a year, these are from last month's spring tournament. Wrestlers from Western japan battle those from the east.

banners leading up to the stadium

introduction of the east team, these are some big big guys

this is a huge guy from the baltic somewhere who was 11-1 at this point. He was so much taller than everyone else it was incredible, just this mass of baltic muscle. his name i think was too difficult for the japanese to pronouce so he took the name "Baruto" how the japanese refer to the Baltic Sea. The crowd went wild for him when he came into the area, they were screaming his name, but it sounded just like they were screaming "Barto Barto!!", what the japanese call me, so it sounded like everyone was screaming my name. Watch the videos to see what happened when Baruto faced this famous sumo wrestler whose name im blanking on at the moment.

saturday morning drive

over the bridge into uchinada

riverside road from kanazawa

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

yokohama part 2

yokohama trip, part 1

Friday, June 02, 2006


a couple quick pics before i hop on the night bus to tokyo to spend the next 6 days in yokohama and then tokyo for a conference for work