Milestones: Twenty Five Years Since First Coming to Japan, and More
Happy A cake from October 29th, 2008 ( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below ) -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy
A cake from October 29th, 2008
( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below )

Today is the 25th anniversary of my first arrival in Japan.
来日25周年になりました!

It was June 19th, 1989 that I flew into Tokyo from California after having finished grad school and then lived with my brothers for several months while waiting for my work visa to be approved. I was met at the airport by Krish Kulkarni, whom I had never met, but had no trouble finding because he's the twin brother of my best friend at grad school, Ram Kulkarni (who later went on to be the best man at my wedding, and I at his).

A day or two later I made my way down to the Kyoto/Osaka region, where I started work as an engineer at Omron Tateishi Denki (オムロン立石電機).

I worked at Omron for about eight years, though spending much of the time in The States at Carnegie Mellon University as a visiting researcher (I was really a babysitter for a room full of computers that Omron had donated).

I eventually moved to The States to work for Yahoo!, but not long before I met the woman I would marry. She happened to be Japanese, and after about eight years in Silicon Valley we moved back to Japan, setting up our lives in Kyoto. That was 10 years ago this spring.

Along the way we moved into where we live now, I picked up photography as a hobby in earnest when I bought my first dSLR, and I started to develop plugins for Adobe Lightroom.

And that brings me to my second milestone. Almost six years ago I released my Geoencoding Support plugin. It was the eighth plugin for Adobe Lightroom out of what so far has been about fifty.

Back then, when I first announced it on October 29th 2008, the plugin didn't have any documentation beyond what I wrote on the announcement post. I should have provided complete documentation, but I didn't..... until today. Today, almost six years later, I finally got around to it, and changed the plugin's home page from a placeholder to a long description of all the plugin can do. If you use the plugin, check it out.

So why didn't I write up the documentation when I released the plugin? My Lightroom catalog tells me that I was busy that day with a party at Anthony's preschool for all the kids who had a birthday in October. So, I thought it would be fitting to post a few photos from that 2008 party today...

Party Preparation -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Party Preparation
“ Happy Birthday! ” -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Birthday!
Buffet Lunch -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Buffet Lunch
Waiting To Start he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11 -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting To Start
he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11
Building His Sandwich -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52mm — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Building His Sandwich
Using My Camera A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly -minted six year old -- http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 3Gs — f/2.8 — map & image datanearby photos
Using My Camera
A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly-minted six year old
http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 3Gs — f/2.8 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Cakes for the three years' worth of kids in the school -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/200 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Cakes
for the three years' worth of kids in the school
Showing His Craft Project -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Showing His Craft Project

I was happy to finally get the plugin documentation done today. Some of my other plugins have okay documentation, but perhaps 40 need serious work. Perhaps I'll start on the next in another 25 years...


All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Congratulations on the 25 years!

Jeffrey didn’t mention that he played a significant role in the early days of the EDICT dictionary project, and wrote the first ongoing WWW-based server using it (which is still running.) He also put me in touch with Jack Halpern, which has proved a fruitful and long-lasting friendship.

Good luck with the next 25 years.

BTW, オムロン立石電機って…

Jim

Oops, thanks, fixed, I shouldn’t be trying to post at 2am. Good memories working with you on EDICT. I think it had about 6,000 entries when I joined in. I spent a lot of time writing scripts to find errors in the Japanese… if only I’d spent half as much time actually learning Japanese. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Jim Breen on June 20th, 2014 at 7:49am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

from Rockport Tx

How about a crowd sourced wiki?
I’m sure that some of us could add our knowledge on how to use your plugins.

Yeah, I should look into that… it’s just that spending the energy to set it up — a win in the long run — costs too much in the short run. —Jeffrey

— comment by ed on June 20th, 2014 at 8:58am JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Cool!

I still remember a guy who was stationed in Japan during the Occupation, who told me Japan is like a drug, the longer one stays, the more difficult it is to tear oneself away from it.

— comment by An Expat on June 20th, 2014 at 5:39pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffery!
Came across your blog last night, and can I just say, this blog is AMAZING. You’ve fully explored so many different cultural sides of Japan, and your photos are also of high quality – without your blog, I wouldn’t be able to see so many cultural differences between Japan and the world! Thankyou!

BTW, how do I subscribe to your blog? I’m only able to subscribe to posts, but not your blog itself.

Thanks for the help, and please continue to update this blog!

Isabella

Thanks for your kind words(!) The blog is, for the most part, just posts. If I add a page of evergreen content (e.g. a home page for a new Lightroom plugin), I make a post announcing it. —Jeffrey

— comment by Isabella on June 22nd, 2014 at 10:49pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Congrats on the anniversary! How long did it take you to learn to speak and read Japanese? I’ve always been fascinated with the country and culture and would love to travel there one day. I stumbled on your blog a few years back when looking for photos of Japan and have learned much through your lens since! 🙂

Despite Japanese being so easy (heck, over here, even kids can speak it), I’m still in the process of learning. —Jeffrey

— comment by Melissa on June 23rd, 2014 at 11:25pm JST (3 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Congratulations! Japan is the country to be in and Kyoto is one of the best places in it.
Well done!

— comment by Sergey Kolychev on July 9th, 2014 at 1:41pm JST (3 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary! May life bring many more years of happy life in Japan for you and your family!

Griselda Garcia, Arlignton TX

— comment by Griselda on July 10th, 2014 at 2:27pm JST (3 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink
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