Climbing Mount Fuji

July 15th~16th, 2017


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.



Temperatures above 47 deg C today (117 deg F for those still on the Medieval system).

Car battery gave out during our weekly supply run to Al Fatah shopping center.

Ducked into Burger King for the A/C while we waited for help.

First Fast Food burger in Years. I have to say…I don’t miss it.