2th Anniverth

To my single reader, I apologize for my lack of postings. The past few weeks have been very busy. I had family visiting, then a busy time at work, a business trip to the UK, two days back in the office, and now an annual home leave to the US. Weekends were spent showing people around, recovering, or preparing for the next trip. So my posting has taken a hit. I have things queued in my head though, so hopefully now that I have some quiet time in the US I’ll get those written.

Happy Anniversary!

As the title sort of indicates, I celebrated the end of my second year in Japan on April 2. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by. Will I last to a third? Right now, I’m scheduled to go home towards the end of this year but the situation is always dynamic. I know that sometime I will have to go back, but I’m not ready to leave Japan. I suspect the blog will start talking about the repatriation process in the near future. Since this blog is ostensibly about the ex-pat experience, I think repatriation should be a part of it as well.

At this point I am 24 months into a 19 month assignment and happy to be in Japan. I’ve got to figure out how to get the work / life balance correct so I can make sure I get the most of the experience. That will be a challenge. I have plans to go to Ishigaki in Okinawa for the first time in May, and I’ll be going to Shanghai in June for the World Expo so I have some cool things to look forward to before the start of the rainy season.

Oddest search hit yet

This isn’t much of a post, but I had to share this search hit to my blog:



New headers added

I had a friend visiting a couple of weekends ago. We wandered around Nagoya on a crisp winter day. I was able to get some nice photographs, and turned some of them into new headers. The headers appear randomly, so who knows which one you will get. I have 29 headers now!

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I guess someone is trying to find me

As I was running though my access logs, I found the following,


Hmmm, I guess they knew what they were looking for. I had multiple searches all from the same IP address that had some variant of the search. Hey, I have a cyber stalker out there! It is an IP address assigned to Softbank. Interesting. I hope they are enjoying the blog. I accept all lurkers that find this blog entertaining.

But then again, the following search ALSO showed up in my access logs,


You know, I have NO idea how that leads to my blog, but it does.

Some blogging statistics

As part of my chillin’ New Year’s Day, I did a slight blog tweak. I added a counter that displays flags representing the country of visitors. I think it is pretty cool. Also, I looked at some of the statistics for my blog. I learned I have had, to date, a total of 103380 page hits. Wow. I’m not sure that I believe that number. I’ve had 33950 total sessions, and 2250 unique pages served. Hey, that’s not all me. Thanks to those out there that have inflated these numbers. Or perhaps my one reader travels a lot and checks the blog frequently.

The counter that I added shows the top 16 countries of visitor locations. Will people from 16 different countries even visit? Probably, because I think the visits include hits from search engines. Knowing the types of searches that get directed to my blog (fertility festival, naked man festival, and unfortunately boys and fundoshi seem to be popular searches that find my blog), I’m sure I’ll eventually pick up 16 countries.