Going to Japan!

Its official. By this time next month I will finally be in Japan … well, at least for a bit. The tickets are bought, the hotels are booked, and I’ll be experiencing the longest birthday ever as I cross the dateline in reverse on my way home on 11/20. Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka are all in the running for some visits.

I plan on taking tons of pictures, videos, and taking orders for things Japan. More to come. If anyone has any recommendations on where to go, what to do, who to see, and how to see it … please let me know.

Coverting to GMail

I’ll be sending out an email soon. I wanted to let everyone know that I’ve moved over to gmail. My existing addresses will still work, but from now on please contact me at christopher ([at]) findingjapan.com. If anyone is interested in how to convert your existing OS X mail over to gmail, send me a note and I’ll give ya some pointers. Thanks everyone.

Updates Coming Soon / Taking the GMATs

Hey everyone, sorry there have been no updates. I’m not even really sure who actually reads this besides a few friends who I rarely, or I have never, seen before. (Hi Akiko!!). I’ve been busy studying for the GMATs (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) in advance of applying to graduate school. So far, so good. Its not such a hard test to study for, but I’ve been spending most of the time on the verbal components – since that is surely my weaker point. What I have found amazing is that much of the material knowledge needed to complete the test one learns in high school. Though, it has made me bust out the quadratic equation one more time. Yikes.

Also, look here for some information about a site that I will be launching to augment my study of Japanese. I’ve been really procrastinating on this but I think I will finally find the time after this studying is over.

Long Week

Please please please go do something fun this weekend for me. This week has been totally killer. I need to sleep another 12 hours.

Heat of Iraq

I love this photo that my friend Mike added to his Flickr account. I don’t get the chance to tell him that often how much I appreciate what he does for us. This photo pretty much sums it up though. When I think of Mike now, its this photo, this face, this resolve that I think about. Thanks Mike!


I was thinking back on my Iceland trip and remembered one of the more fantastic and well done Icelandic films that I have seen lately. Noi is about a young boy in a fishing village try to escape his destiny. It’s definitely not a western movie. Really well done visually, the soundtrack is exceptionally fitting for the film, and the emotional content is very real and not over acted. Check it out of if you can, I highly recommend it.

View the trailer.

Iceland at Night

Where have you been?! Do you not know that Iceland is the party capital of the world? If you like partying until the wee-hours of the night, you must go to Reykjavik Iceland. And if you do, beware and be forewarned. Icelanders are the most friendly, rambunctious, and crazy people you will ever meet. Here’s some living proof. This fellow decided to take his dissatisfaction of not being let into a trendy bar out by displaying his goods to the very patrons he whose mingling with he was refused. Sit back and enjoy!

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Shadow Robots on Hallgrimskirkju

I just started playing around with Flickr, and I used this as a test photo. On my last trip to Iceland, my friend Fred and I took some pictures up by Hallgrimskirkju – a rather large nordic looking concrete church on top of a large hill in the old city portion of Reyjavik, Iceland. I was able to create some shadow robots with some creative body positioning. Not sure why the shadow doesn’t look like me though.