Quake Kit


The forecast for a MAJOR seismic event in the Tokyo area is…well, it’s 50 years overdue, so over 100%! I’m saying it’s high. Very high. And also very unpredictable.

Here is our Earthquake Preparedness Kit. Calories & water, power & communication, medical & hygiene for 24 hours until we reach an evacuation shelter. Why 24 hours? Water. We can’t carry enough water for 48 or 72 hours. Different solutions like water filters would be needed. We have those too, but if we can’t get assistance in three days, we’ve probably got bigger problems. The best solution for us is to GET TO HELP WITHIN 24 HOURS.

Many of the items have multiple uses:

Nail clipper: wire clip, zip tie cutter, tweezers
Food bag: zip lock bag, water bag, trash bag, toilet
Work gloves: warm gloves
Towel: scarf, splint, head cover, pillow
Hand sanitizer: fire starter
All paper (notes, packaging, etc): kindling

What’s in your kit? Any suggestions for ours? Have we forgotten anything?

Stay safe!


TAICO Club 2017


Some shots from TAICO Club, 2017. Bands gather from around the world to rock out ALL NIGHT in the mountains of Nagano, Japan. It was a busy weekend for me.

Arrive in Japan (from Pakistan)→Register Marriage in Tokyo→TAICO in Nagano

Well worth it. Plus, great first experience with my wife!

Just married


Music fest? Here?

Oh, did I mention camping!




Musical Highlight: I saw Little Simz on the PBS little desk program. Loved the music, and the interview. Her live show…flawless. Pure energy, pure emotion, pure dedication to her art. Highly recommended.

PS: Next year is the LAST YEAR of TAICO in Nagano. Get it while you can!



Market + Fabric + Tailor Skills = One snazzy Yudai!

Iowa Boys


Visited the University of Agriculture Faisalabad because agriculture is a major industry in Pakistan (accounting for over 5th of GDP), and a MAJOR water user.

There, Dr. Allah Bakhsh (Dean of Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology) showed us around his “Research Lab”, which was acres and acres of wheat, rice, sugarcane, tomatoes, cotton, perfectly planted and monitored for performance.

Turns out he got his PhD and Post Doc in Agricultural Engineering at Iowa State.