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8/31/07:  Probably a year late, we are going to add a page of funny English signage, phrases, etc. we have seen in Japan.  This is long overdue.  You can find it under the Funny Quotes link above.

10/15/06:  So we have been going to lots of Japanese festivals recently so I did a wikipeida search for the Japanese word Matsuri, which means festival.  Here is what it had to say.

Matsuri (祭り, or sometimes just 祭) is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular or Christian.

There are not specific matsuri days for all of Japan; dates vary from area to area, and even within a specific area, but festival days do tend to cluster around traditional holidays such as Setsubun or Obon. Almost every locale has at least one matsuri in late summer/early autumn, usually related to the rice harvest.

Notable matsuri often feature processions which may include elaborate floats. Preparation for these processions is usually organized at the level of neighborhoods, or machi. Prior to these, the local kami may be ritually installed in mikoshi and paraded through the streets.

10/15/06:  Here are some pictures of our house and cars.

Our house ... ours is the one on the left.

Ashley waving from our bedroom.

Our cars ... (mine) Corolla Runx and (Ashley's) bB.

Ashley's car ... well, she drives it during the week, I drive the Runx.

10/7/06:  We have removed the "The Sites" link we used to have on this page.  I am working to fix this feature and turn it back on, but until then you can look at all of our pictures in the Japan Pictures page.

8/29/06:  Go to the Contact link above to get to all of our contact information while we are in Japan.

6/17/06:  Well, it has been quite a while and we have been very busy.  Ashley graduated and now she is going to language school several times a week.  We also had our sea shipment packed up yesterday and today.  Mom, Dad, and David came down last week to help inventory all of our stuff and originally we thought we would be able to take everything, but the total estimated weight was ~8100 pounds (~1100 pounds too heavy for a 20 foot sea container).  Then I found out we can only take 4500 pounds; therefore, we had lots of sorting to do, but today the movers estimated the weight would be about 4100 pounds so we are OK ... and we can get some stuff while we are in Japan!  Take a look at the pictures of our apartment in its sad state of disarray.

2/10/06:  So more information ... my first day at Kamigo will be August 31st, 2006 so we still have a while here in America.  I filled out a lot of paperwork this week for Ashley and I to get our visas (mine work, Ashley just normal).  It should take about 2 months for that paperwork (to get a Certificate of something-or-other so we can get visas) to go through and then things will really start moving.  We will start getting ready for our home-finding visit, set up a bank account, prepare all the logistics of just moving to another country.  If you have more questions, just e-mail us and we will put it on the web site.  Since I can't think of all the questions you would have.

If you really want some information about Toyota City download this 2005 Toyota City Guide.  It has lots of pictures and interesting stuff.  It is a 20MB pdf file.

1/29/06:  As of right now we should have at least 4 sets of visitors!!  We are excited and would be happy to have even more people.  Lodging is free you just have to get here!

  • Mom & Dad - (March 2007)
  • Ashley's Mom - (May 2007)
  • Ashley's Dad - ?
  • David (my brother), Amy, & (I think) Mary Nell - (January 2007)

1/21/06:  Why are we going?  I was offered the chance to participate in the ICT program at work.  ICT stands for Inter Company Transfer.  The timing was right, Ashley and I are at a good time in our life to do this (no kids), and it's the opportunity of a life time.

Where are we going to be you ask?  We will be living somewhere around Toyota City in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan.

Let's start with a map of Japan ...

Here is a blank map of Japan with Aichi Prefecture highlighted ...

Here is a general map of Aichi Prefecture with some of the cities ...


And just in case you care, I will be working at the Kamigo Plant ...

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