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Medal Count

28 Aug 2008

As everyone knows, the Beijing olympics is over and the medal counts are in. Who is on top? If you look at news agecies from China, Australia or Great Britain they will tell you the Chinese, who have the most gold medals. But if you look at the US Olympic coverage they will tell you USA is in first with the most Total medals. Now why can't the United States of America just do things like other countries?

This chart shows China at the top with 51 gold medals
Australia Medal Count

This chart shows the US at the top with
NBC Medal Count

Now, these olympics were great. I just about cried during the opening and closing ceremonies as well as when the Japanese won the Softball gold. What else can I say?

Japan Driver's License - Day 2

03 Jun 2008

Well,  day 2 is over and I passed.  It was not so hard.  Here are some tips: drive slowly, look around and listen to the instructor.  The wait was pretty long and it overlaps with lunch hour so you might want to bring some food.

Here we are:
Drivers License

Japan Driver's License - Day 1

20 May 2008

Here in Japan, Americans with a valid US license can go through a license transfer process to acquire a Japanese drivers license. The process takes 2 days.  One day for registering and taking a written test and one day for taking a behind-the-wheel test. See more information at Japanese Driver's License and Driving Test Tips.

Today I finished day 1.

The problem I had this morning was that all of the addresses for the places in Tokyo were only in English.  This is fine, but there are not many English maps of Japan.  Searching google maps for these addresses doesn't return much.  So here it is, the Japanese translations and maps for the places one in Tokyo needs to go:

JAF Headquarters Tokyo
Tokyo 105-8562 2-2-17 Shiba Minato-ku Tokyo

Samezu Driver's License Center
1-12-5, Higashi-Oi, Shinagawa-ku


Fuchu Driver's License Center
3-1-1, Tama-cho, Fuchu-shi


English origins:

A few lists

18 May 2008

Its been a busy year. A few weeks back I took some time off for golden week and traveled to Bali Indonesia. We left on May 5th and flew back on may 10th. While in Bali, Sachi and I found plenty of things to keep us busy.

  • Rented a bali bike, 50,000 rupiah a day
  • Played golf in Ulu watu New Kuta
  • Drank beer, Bali Hai is better than Bintang
  • Rafting
  • Ate dinner kalimantan
  • Hiking in the rice terrace, surrounded by jungle
  • Went to a Spa

Lately I have been up to other things. I have acquired quite a few new and old hobbies.

  • Playing Golf
  • Baking
  • Working on contacts application


24 Dec 2007

Well, its Christmas day. Happy Christmas.

Now, for all my friends back home who usually read manga, I have a present. I don't really read manga but I have found its helpful when studying Japanese.

First page of Naruto 382: