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From: susanna b (svb_uk@yahoo.com)
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 09:39:29

Hi Glenn

Excellent site - couldn't stop reading. The design and navigation are simple but nice & smooth and user-friendly (apart from the Guest Book that proved to be a bit of a shock after such a slick presentation throughout the rest of the site...)
Happy New Year,

Oh yeah, well let's see your guestbook!
No, seriously - this is the best letter I've received yet, because it forced me to make a resolution to create this 'new and improved' guestbook!

Thanks Susanna...

From: Murray Lycan (ve7ha@lightspeed.bc.ca)
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 00:54:59

Arigato Gozaimasu

Hello Glenn,
You've created a homepage on my behalf. I've lived a total of 6+ years in Japan and if I help every Japanese that I ever meet, I will never be able to repay the help given me while in Japan. Sound familiar?
Konomi & I now live in Maple Ridge, which you can find out about at
Sometimes I wonder why we voluntarily left Japan. Homesickness is strong but fleeting.

I'm glad to hear that someone else shares my feeling about the Japanese.
It's also interesting to read your 'homesickness' comment. Many say that the real culture shock comes upon returning home!

From: Carrie (mametsuki@usa.net)
Date: Sun Oct 11 08:28:03 1998

I really enjoyed reading your stuff about Japan, especially Kyoto. I have recently become interested in all things Japanese and I'm even more determined to get out there having seen your pictures and writings.

Be careful, Japan has a lot of things.

From: Jason Cheow (jason@post1.com)
Date: Sat Oct 10 04:00:05 1998


great website you have here. The content is amazing. And I found myself reading all of your Wonderings and loving them.
They really made me ponder on the topics that you wrote.
I'll be reading Wanderings soon...
Jason Cheow

Isn't 'ponder' one of the worlds great words? Try walking around and muttering it at random times. It's just so punchy sounding, and - out of context - it means nothing.

From: Jason Signalness (signalne@cs.und.edu)
Date: Fri Sep 4 16:33:03 1998

Amazing travels you've taken. Nice photos too.

Sometimes it seems as though my camera is the traveler and I'm the accessory!

From: Brian Johnson (bej98@hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Aug 20 23:52:33 1998

Your site...

...is, as my nephew would say, "mega!" Took me a while to drop in, but I'm glad I did. It's good to see you taking such great advantage of your expat. I like how you go out of your way to pull down the common, silly sterotypes of how things are and how people are in other parts of the world.

I consider my duty to rip down all the old stereotypes, and build a whole new set!

From: lynne (lyalcsrc@telusplanet.net)
Date: Sun Jul 19 11:15:23 1998

hi glenn,
thanks for the views of japan from a different angle.
really enjoyed your findings of people and places in this truly beautiful country. i hope one day to travel there. great site!

From: Prunella (newdawn99@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jul 17 01:45:46 1998


Just wanted to say that you've created a good page. It is also great to see someone working to break down stereotypes. I hope to do a world trip including South Korea and China next year - have you been to other places in asia? Were you working in Japan?

Other places? 'Wanderings' lists all the places that I've, well, wandered in, with links to more photos and essays.
Working? My dad once said, "Work doesn't bother Glenn at all. He can lay down right next to it, and relax all day". But yeah, I do have a job that gives me all these opportunities.

From: "Harry A. Foster" <fosharphyl@ameritech.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 14:12:54


I enjoyed your pictures from Vermont very much - My family spent many summers on Shadow Lake (near Glover) just before and just after WW2. Now that our children are raised, my husband and I have begun to make trips back there when possible partly to take pictures. I have just acquired a Sony Mavica with a 10x zoom and we are hoping to #1 go to Shadow Lake in Sept. (We live in Illinois) and #2 learn more about how to effectively use this interesting camera.
Phyllis Foster

Isn't it great that there are places with names like 'Shadow Lake'?

From: davidfaupel@webtv.net (David Faupel)
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 07:11:10

I really enjoyed your Japan homepage. I must admit though that I quite often have trouble (including today) relating today's Japan to when I lived there. There are so many contrasts that showed up when I was viewing your site. I had heard so much about how today's Japanese women are different, but your pictures, etc. said so much more.
One thing that really bothered me when I lived in Japan was how rare it was to see a women who had shaved her legs.
Visit Dave's Japan Home Page at:
David Faupel

Well, shaved legs are not rare anymore - but for us Americans, it is alarmingly common to see hairy ones, still.

From: inge (inge-e@sanynet.ne.jp)
Date: Tue Jun 23 02:57:09 1998


Hi, from a fellow travel pod member.... (look me up I am Gokkiburi Trapped in Japan) Really like your page and will come back for more. My views of Japan sometimes seem warped so I am glad to see I am not alone. I was also in the earthquake in Kobe... what a way to shake rattle and roll..

Yes, some us prefer life to be 'shaken, not stirred'...

From: "Evelyn" <birdy@netnitco.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 05:14:46

I have enjoyed visiting the world today through your photographs. Thank you so much for sharing them.


From: "Rob.Kupa" <Rob.Kupa@xtra.co.nz>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 20:48:40


Hi there Glenn,
I've just been sitting going through your pages on Japan and I must say it is great and has made me awfully homesick.
I have never lived there for longer than 6 weeks but visit about 3 times a year with groups from New Zealand, either citizens, students or sports groups.
I have been very lucky to have seen a lot of the main cities and experienced a lot including homestay.
The City in which I live in NZ is Manukau and we have a Sister city relationship with Utsunomiya about 100 kms north of Tokyo.
I also do a lot of orientation programs for student groups and will recommend they take a look at your pages.
Robyn Cooper

Thank you... anyone who distributes my url deserves my gratitude.

From: Linda Hayes (ldmhayes@hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jun 19 11:48:24 1998

Linda Hayes' Favorite Big Apple Attractions

Hi Glenn,
Your website is a beautiful tribute to the country of Japan. Thanks for the tour.
Please visit my site, while you're there, don't forget to sign the guest book and add your site to my free-for-all linkpage.

From: Chris (Chrisfreu@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Jun 19 06:53:37 1998

I love your page!!

What an excellent page ! Congratulations :)
My page is not half as professional as your page, but check it out anyway:

Actually, technically speaking, your site is at least half as professional as mine - since I haven't made a penny yet! (gee... can you tell that I'm an English major who became an engineer?)

From: travel@tripod.com
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 23:44:32

Best of Travel pod

Your Tripod member page Japan - A Wanderers' Guide (http://members.tripod.com/~GlennH/wa_japan.htm)
has been chosen as the Best of Pod in the Travel Pod this week!
Best of Pod pages are the Pod pages that we're proud of - they are featured on the front page of the Pod for two weeks, a star is placed next to their URL on the Pod Publishers' Pages, and also may be included in the member spotlights on the front page of the Tripod site.
The Tripod Team

The Range of Vision Team (me, myself, i, ego, id, etc)

By the way - the Main Page Range of Vision also won Best of Pod earlier in 1998.

From: Dave (dspiderw@tbcnet.com)
Date: Tue Jun 9 19:46:58 1998

Singapore research

I have just developed a pen pal in Singapore and have discovered I don't even know exactly where it is. Your site is part of my research and has been very helpful. Looks like a beautiful city. Ladies aren't bad either
Dave http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/3524

Only as bad as they want to be......

From: Bob Hewitt <bhewitt@resiusa.org>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 11:01:01

Watertown, New York

I grew up in Watertown as well. Your web page is a very apt description of my memories and present perceptions of the old town. I still have family there and in Alex Bay and visit the area from Baltimore about twice a year.
Even if the old town isn't aging gracefully, it sure as a great place to grow up.
Bob Hewitt

True words, though more than a few people argue that I didn't really 'grow up' in Watertown. They're still waiting....

From: Christine Dal Bello <02776@stblaw.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 11:27:50 -0500


Hi. Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoy your website. I'm also an American living in Singapore (I arrived last July) so I can relate to many of your observations. I am also very impressed by your dedication. Although I write occasionally in my journal, I am too lazy to keep consistent records. A shame since I have done and seen a lot this year. Perhaps continued accessing of your website will finally inspire me!
Thanks for sharing your life with us all,

You know, it's only when someone expresses it that way, that I realize I'm 'sharing my life with all of you'.

From: Savage (on_themove@yahoo.com)
Date: Fri May 15 22:58:53 1998


What a fabulous site! Great photos and descriptions. I would love to put a link to your site on my travel page. Take a look and let me know.

I don't plug too many sites, but this is one that is definitely worth visiting...

From: Ed Chevalier (chevalie@apci.net)
Date: Thu Apr 2 14:40:14 1998

I really enjoyed your photos of these cultures. Thanks...

From: Bill Nelson <nelson@sgi.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 08:49:30 -0400

Re: A Sexy Muslim Woman.

As a fairly new Tripod user, I'm surfing, and I came across your page. I read your essay, "02/98 - A Sexy Muslim Woman." A wonderful 'wondering', which caused me to pause and think. Thanks so much for your observation, I'm sure I'll be returning to read more.
Bill Nelson, Pittsburgh, Pa

Anytime. We're open 24 hours a day, Bill.

From: Kenji Uehara (kenji.uehara@kla-tencor.com)
Date: Thu Mar 19 17:53:21 1998

Hi Glenn, this is such a beautiful place to visit.

From: HKJudy (infocap@netvigator.com)
Date: Tue Mar 17 20:08:23 1998


The "wonderings" and "wanderings" that I have read so far are truly wonderful ... your insight and perspectives should be read by everyone coming to this part of the world.
Have you / or are you writing a book or do you have any articles published?

My creative impulse has far outstipped my commercial impulse thus far in my life. Not sure if that's good or bad...

From: Tripod Form Submission
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 18:43:20

wonder_comments: Thanks for the introduction and info. of Vietnam. I left Vietnam when I was only 14 and had not been to anywhere except for my house, my grandmother's house, my aunt's house, my school and church... I am very excited but yet nervous about going back there to visit for the very first time since 1975.

Too cool! I hope Vietnam is as good to you as she was to me.
Good luck...

From: Philips Help Desk <philipsap@pacific.net.sg>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 15:49:43

Hi Glenn,
Just to let you know that I am REALLY IMPRESSED about your web-site. You bet I am going to tell my friends about it and let them see it for themselves.
Cecilia (your neighbor in Telepark)

Thanks neighbor!

From: John Bertine (bertine@netgate.net)
Date: Tue Mar 10 19:17:30 1998

A Sexy Muslim Woman

I really like your quote, "Proving, as if we didn't know, that imagination is the greatest aphrodisiac." It speaks volumes.

Just to be clear, John is commenting on my essay titled 'A Sexy Muslim Woman'. He's not implying that he is one.

From: Shin-Ichi Kudo (je6kju@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Mar 10 04:04:08 1998

I wish you visit Kumamoto, and put some photos on the site.
I am glad my boss has such interesting stuff in his life.
Never bored !!
Kamikaze Super Ninja

You didn't look hard enough.
Check out this picture of Suizen-ji Garden in Kumamoto!

From: Lady Nighthunter (nighthunter4@hotmail.com)
Date: Sat Feb 21 20:16:29 1998

Great site...love the pictures. Thanks for sharing your world. Visit mine whenever you have a chance...Lady

Such an offer...

From: Alexandra Netou <nbgalex@otenet.gr>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 16:08:01

Somewhere in Greece...

Hi Glenn,
I am Alexandra and I live in Athens, Greece. I am a mathematician and I work as an organization consultant in a Greek Bank.
Searching in the net for Thailand, I came across your site. I felt very lucky and happy today, as I found, somewhere in the world, a person who likes traveling and wandering in the way I do. I also enjoyed your writing. Thank you for every information and every emotion you are generously sharing with your numerous, anonymous friends.
I wish you many unique, colorful and unexpected happy moments!

You know, to read the newspapers, you think that the web is full of deviants cruising for porn and posing as women in chat rooms.
Yet, there are people spending time to read my opinions on remote corners of the earth. And these same people take the time to write to me, to say nice things.
Fill in your own pithy remark here about the morons in the media and government who never quite grasp the real world.

From: Mary Sutphen (sutphen@carlsbadnm.com)
Date: Wed Feb 4 19:23:09 1998

I was glad to find your site. I am traveling to Seoul and have never been overseas, let alone Asia. My daughter is there and am looking forward to the visit. Thanks for the preview.

From: Hank Black <hrb@p3.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 1998 11:27:56

Hi Glenn,
Thanks for the great web site. My family traveled lots when I was a kid ... so I got to visit Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tokyo, and Saigon as well as live in New Delhi and Saigon. More recently my wife and I have traveled to Hawaii a number of times and your pictures of all these places brought me back. Well organized, clear, etc....
Thanks. And yes, I did get the urge to wipe the sand off of "Miss Kauai's foot".

From: ScottAG (scottag@usa.net)
Date: Mon Jan 26 03:29:34 1998

Thanks for the excellent site made even better by killing the Tripod pop-up.

- Scott

Agreed. If we want to play 'wack-a-mole' (i.e. closing the pop-ups), we'll head to the county fair and try to win a prize...

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