Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I am told that a "meme" is something that gets passed around on the Internet. You follow the rules and then you "tag" someone else and ask them to do the same.

I was tagged by Thomas at Hello Mother, Hello Father.
Here are the rules.
1. List the rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

  1. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, a popular seaside tourist city an hour North of Los Angeles. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 21. People ask why the heck did I leave beautiful Santa Barbara? I guess I was bored and wanted to experience the big city. Plus, Santa Barbara did not have any ice rinks and I wanted to play ice hockey.
  2. I have had only four jobs in my entire life. I worked at McDonald's in SB for four years; at REI, an outdoor equipment store, for five years; and my current job at a government agency. For two years, I worked at a bike shop on weekends while working at my current job.
  3. I went to college on the 10 year plan back in the 90's. My problem was I wanted to also play hockey, go mountain biking, go skiing and snowboarding, go out and have fun, etc. School and homework were not always a priority. But I eventually finished thank God.
  4. Since 2003 I have been to Japan five times visiting my wife's family in Tochigi. Before that the only foreign countries I ever visited were Mexico and Canada, both of which are really not that foreign to a Californian. Japan was (and is) so different and unique and I love visiting.
  5. Although I've always been very active, I have never broken any bones. Except my nose was broken playing hockey. And lots of stitches.
  6. I have a pug named Mollybu. The bu is supposed to mean pig in Japanese and she looks and sounds like a pig. And eats like one.
  7. The tallest mountain I have been to the top of is 14,500 feet or 4,420 meters.

I don't know if they have already been tagged but I am tagging David at About Tochigi, Dateline Osaka at Life in the Korean Ghetto, Ad at Japan Navigator, Gerald at The Level 8 Buddhist, Roaf at Gaijin Tonic, Michael at Big Red Dot, and Martin at Kurashi - News From Japan.


  1. Hello Tornado,

    I've seen that you comment a lot on my friend Mike Beddell's site a lot and finally checked out your site. I liked it and added a link to it in my blogroll.

    If you care to reciprocate the section of my site concerning Japan is:


    Or you can just add the general URL if you want.

    I am also into cycling as well. I might move from Tokyo to California early next year.

    Feel free to delete this comment of course upon reading it. I saw no other way of being able to contact you through your site, so just left this comment.

    Thanks, Jason

  2. Thank you Jason. I will do that.

    California is the best place for cycling, both road and mountain biking. How come you will be leaving Japan for Cali?

  3. Anonymous11:31 PM

    Oooh! TAGGED! I'll take the challenge! ^_^V

  4. Hi Jon,
    I like the meme. Nice to get to know you a bit better.

    [start excuse section]
    I'm on my way out the door for 3 weeks in Hokaido. I'm afraid I won't get the meme done for a little while. And I only have one friend who blogs and he has already done this meme ;-) And I don't like to put personal things on my blog since its supposed to be purely about Japan and not me. I hope you don't mind if I put it at my personal blog (and maybe in my profile at blogger).


  5. Well, the nose isn't really a bone ...

    I haven't ever broken any bones either. I'm really surprised you haven't with the mountain biking and all.

  6. cool meme very informative

  7. Thanks Thomas. I've been lucky I guess. I have crashed on the bike a lot and had to get stitches though.

    Thank you Jamaipanese for the comment. I recently found your site and I like it.