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Merry Christmas!

From me and my family here in Japan, best wishes to you and yours. Thank you so much for being japandave readers, for sharing the stories with your friends, for all your kind emails, and for giving me comments on Facebook and Twitter. I couldn’t do this website without all of you reading it. Thank you!


Photo Stream and Dropbox

When transfering photos among your Apple devices, use Dropbox, not Photo Stream. Or else!

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The Battle of Okehazama

If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

~Shakespeare Henry V, King Henry to his men before the Battle of Agrinin in which the English forces were outnumbered 5 to 1.

In 1560 Oda Nobunaga led a group of 2,000 against Imagawa Yoshimoto’s much larger army of 40,000, in what we today call The Battle of Okehazama (桶狭間の戦い). And what a battle it was!

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Haiku, Tanka, and Japanese Poetry

Although for much of my high school and college years, I listened to The Writer’s Almanac on NPR and enjoyed Garrison Keillor’s poetry readings, I can’t say I was ever really drawn to the form. I can appreciate a good poem when someone tells it to me, but with few exceptions, I never really sought them out. However, when I came to Japan and started reading haiku and later tanka, I was really drawn to the forms and enjoyed what I read. I’ve since bought and enjoyed several books.

Lately I’ve been posting some of them to lead off photo posts. What do you guys think of this? Enjoyable or weird? Let me know your thoughts.

If you are looking to get into Japanese poetry, try →here to read a few from a master.


iPhone 5 Wallpaper

Since I’m sizing all current iPhone wallpapers to the iPhone 5 dimensions, I thought I would return to some previous offerings and update them for the iPhone 5. Enjoy the iPhone 5 wallpaper[^1], then!

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Site Problems

Seems like there are always problems, huh? I have no idea why most of the pages on this site aren’t working right now. After I updated the site to the new design, everything was working, and continued to work until about a week ago. I haven’t made any changes in this time so it mystifies me why it suddenly broke. I’ve reinstalled WordPress, reinstalled my site theme, republished all the broken pages. Nothing has helped.

At this point, I am clueless. I will keep working at it, though, and try to get things back up soon. If you have any suggestions, feel free to message me on twitter.


Update 2013-05-21

Not sure what I did, but all is working again. The portfolio section is gone because I accidentally deleted it in my quest to solve the problem. Whoops. I’ll restore it tonight when I get to a computer.


New design

Introducing the latest version of JapanDave. It’s been a long time in coming. My interest in minimal design continues; as such you’ll notice I’ve striped out almost everything, leaving in only the essentials.

Among the changes:

  • A new portfolio section. The old gallery has been broken since shortly after I made it; this new one should work a bit better. At present it doesn’t have a lot of images in it, but I will be adding more in the days to come.
  • A new blog engine that will allow me to post links with comments and quotes. Video & audio too, if I am so inclined.
  • More bugfixes than I can count. Things should work better now.

Speaking of bugs, there are still some things that are funky. Over the coming days I’ll try to hunt down all these and fix them.

And so far, no comments. I may bring them back — I know they are popular — but I may not. For the moment, if you want to comment on something I post, I recommend Facebook, Twitter, or email. Twitter is probably easiest. A fun program if you have never heard of it. In addition to me, you can also follow Mr T and Shatner!

That’s all for now. Enjoy.



Sorry for the lack of posts recently. A few trips took me out of things, and also I recently got some news that threw a big monkey wrench into things. More on that in a future post. But for the moment, I will try to resume posting some more stuff. Look for a new photo soon.

Thanks :)


The End of dSLRs?

Recently Trey Ratcliff made some waves by declaring that within five years dSLR cameras will be no more and will be replaced by what he calls 3rd generation cameras, which includes the micro 4/3s format and other mirrorless camera systems. He went on to say he believes this so strongly that he isn’t going to buy any more lenses for his dSLR cameras. Ever. The dream is over — it’s the end of dSLRs!

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New Design! v4

As you may have noticed, there is a new design at I’ve been hard at work on this for a few months now, and I think it’s finally close enough to finished to go live with. Continue Reading →