Patricia's Helpful Links for Life in Japan.

Roppongi Tower.

Patricia's Online Japan Links

Update Pending.



Tokorozawa. 2001.

Tokorozawa side street on a rainy day. 2001.

Friends in Japan or Asia

Andy Barker

Andy Barker is a professional photographer. Buy his book on Kamakura. Sign up for his photography classes. My own photographic understanding jumped light years from his Basics and Advanced class. He now lives in Zushi, just south of Kamakura.

Daniel Eck

Dan and Reiko Eck live in Tokyo with their three Bengal cats. An enterprising pair, the website lists items for sale, including computers, iPods, fashion, recycled goods, and news about their travels and life.

You, Madam, are no Sei Shonagon

Jocelyn lives in Yokosuka until this summer, when she and her Bolivian husband return to Washington D.C. to put the wraps on his naval career. She's spent her time in Japan hard-charging for information and experiences beyond the usual tourist riffs. Her witty website features excellent links to other information sources for those of us trying to live well here, including culiary and saké delights. Lovely photographs, too.


Marc Lowenstein writes. A fellow graduate student from U.Colorado at Berkeley, he's just about to return for a second round as a graduate student in writing. He and his Japanese wife lived in Japan for two rounds before returning to Colorado. His website includes his fiction, essays, photos, blog, and links. Dig in.

Dr. Joyce Lebra

Joyce Lebra also writes. She doesn't have a website, but this listing in Wikipedia will get you on her trial. Her subject countries include India, Hawai'i, and Japan. She was my saké mentor for my thesis.

Singapore Jeff

Jeff deRhodes and his personal website. This man views his life through the Star Trek metaphor. He's been in Singapore for 5 years. We worked together in the IT dept of Genstar in downtown San Francisco.

Websites I've Created

Mr Oka's Walking Tours of Tokyo (2000). Ever wondered what it would be like to walk around Tokyo with someone who could tell you about it's history and development? He has a standard set and also can conduct your visiting parents and family around for an introduction to the main sights. These are really great walks.

Saito Sensei. (August, 2002) Dedicated to the memory of my aikido sensei. Photos of his aikido life and anecdotes. Full of remarkable photos and stories from his students around the world. If you like aikido, I hope you will enjoy this informal website.

Useful associations in Tokyo.

  • ICA. (International Computer Association). Long running club now branching out into venture capital and other aspects of the growing I.T. Tokyo scene.

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  • FEW. Foreign Executive Women.

  • Tokyo PC Users Group. Roger Boivert's inspiration. It's still here although he is not--and we miss him. Monthly Thursday meetings in basement of Tokyo Union Church on Omotesando.

  • Tokyo Linux Users Group. Linux group, meets for beer, has excellent website.

  • Japan, Inc. Excellent monthly magazine for IT in Tokyo. Good reading.

  • Weblinks used on my webpages.

  • Another soul with a Japlish fixation: The source for some of the scans on the japlish page and much original inspiration late at night.

  • Black & white photos by Ken Straiton

  • Photos from Rick Kennedy's "Little Adventures in Tokyo"

  •   Japlish Corner

      PEACE A CHANCE (T-shirt front. "GIVE" is not on the back.)