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JapanDave 6.0 Coming!

I know updates have become somewhat sparse lately. The reason for this is that I have been spending nearly all my free time working on the next version of JapanDave. Balance is not always my strong suit, so I’m afraid the result’s been my ignoring the current site. I’ll try to rectify that in the coming weeks.

At any rate, be on the lookout for the 6.0 update. Among other things it will include:

  • Some fancy javascript to fix the footnote problems on this site
  • It should be a lot faster as I am rewriting some php files for more efficiency and also eliminating nearly all WordPress plugins
  • I am going back to the drawing board and redesigning the four major posts types I do here—quotes, links, photos, and long-form articles about Japan—to make them more consistent, easier to read.
  • To the last point, for example: Currently no date shows up for link posts or news posts (like this one). I am fixing this.

I daresay I am mostly finished with any major changes, the only holdup is minor things that I want to get perfect. How soon the update shows up is probably directly related to how much I am able to suppress these perfectionist urges.

Notes: An Update

It’s been a while since I posted, so I wanted to take a few minutes to give a small update.

First, as you can see with the previous post, I am starting a new interview series called The Photogs in which I shoot a few questions to a photographer about a wide range of stuff. These won’t be long interviews; they are intended simply to introduce you to other good photographers who you may not be aware of.

Next, there is a reason for my slowed output with photo posts. Unfortunately I can’t quite say what that is yet, but I will share the reason soon enough. In the meantime, I will do my best to post more.

Finally, I have a big announcement coming next[1]… Stay tuned.

Edit: He’s up, and there goes my writing time. But I’m almost finished with the post. I’ll try to find time to finish it tonight (Japan time), so look for it in a few hours.

  1. Next being hopefully within the hour, assuming my son doesn’t wake up from his nap screaming before I’m finished… Fingers crossed ^^  ↩

Happy Birthday to me!

It’s my birthday! A fact I actually wasn’t aware of until my wife and Facebook reminded me. I must be getting old and forgetful to not realize the day on my own.


As celebration, I am discounting all photo prints in my store by 50%. If you’ve been waiting to order any prints, now is the time to do so!

Simply use the coupon code “DavesBirthday” (without the quotes) at checkout for 50% off. The code will be good from today (July 6) to July 12th.

Here is a link to the store:


There seem to be some issues at Smugmug right now, so photos on this site may be up and down for the time being. I’ve sent them a note asking for news, but haven’t heard back yet. Since sending the email, photos have gone up, down, up, and down again. This would seem to say to me that they are having server trouble.

Hopefully by the time you read this, all will be ok. But if you do see any broken images, this is why.

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!

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 →