Taking Chances....Making Changes....Being Happy
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Welcome to my place in cyberspace. My name is Howie, a guy originally from a quaint little village called Kenmore, in Western New York. We returned to Tanegashima, our small island located off the coast of Kyushu and mainland Japan.

Picture - Us hanging out at the rock beach.

The time between my days growing up in the snow, and the present, has been quite an adventure, albeit not without many personal challenges. Over the years I realized a few things, actually three in particular, which are important for getting through from day to day, "and making it," in this often crazy and chaotic world.
This site is all about my interests, thoughts, and anything else which seems noteworthy. Hopefully those of you joining me on these pages can find a few ideas, inspiration, motivation, etc....to help you along your road. Please communicate your thoughts by leaving a comment in the commenting section located at the bottom of each page.

Join me on these pages with your thoughts, suggestions, constructive criticism, or simply to say hi. Everybody is welcome here. Looking forward to meeting you all. Until then.

Howie Hayman
The Great Tanegashima Earthquake of 2019

- A whole lot of shaking going on tonight. At approximately 9:39 pm local time the earthquake hit Tanegahima island. I was in the study working on the computer while Akiko was in the bedroom watching TV with the boys. I ran into the bedroom thinking I might need to throw myself on the family as protection....um a little overreaction maybe but this house was really shaking. The quake lasted for what seemed to be about 30 seconds. While there was apparently no damage, it still freaked us out a bit. The epicenter was a mere 10.14 Kilometers (6.30 miles) from our home and almost directly on the coast. Although a fault line does parallel the coast, an earthquake of this magnitude is pretty rare for this location. Anyway, being the science geek that I am, I copied and reformatted the information from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) pages and uploaded them to this site. If nothing else this will serve as interesting information for my kids when they get older.

The Great Tanegashima Earthquake of 2019 - This page has a bunch of reformatted USGS pages about the earthquake....enjoy.

USGS link to the actual earthquake information page
Happy New Year

- We are really happy to be settled now after four moves in about eight years including three international moves. We can now relax on our beautiful island and focus on our family.

Picture - Shai and Lael were busy picking potatoes today.

I began posting again this month and plan to work retroactively and post the last couple of years as well. For now please visit our January 2019 page to see our most recent island fun and adventures.

Our Continuing Story - January 2019
Our Story

For now our story takes you to Tanegashima, a tiny little island south of the main island of Kyushu in Japan. We moved to this island in 2014, bought a home in the mountains of San Diego county, California, and in 2017, after being in America for only six months, decided to sell and move back to the island.

Actually 2017 was a very difficult year for our family and much of the time was spent dealing with "stuff" and not working on the websites. And 2018 was not much better as most of the year was spent setting up our new island home. Now 2019 and looking forward to getting caught up on this site and with my other online projects.

Picture - Us enjoying camping at Hamada Beach last Autumn.

Full Story - Our days on Tanegashima (plenty of cool pics) from the beginning.
Our Year In Review 2016
December 2016
A very cool nighttime rocket launch and the case of the missing tooth.
November 2016
Another Thanksgiving on Tanegashima, a hometown fair, and a rocket launch.
October 2016
Really nice camping trip and a crazy Halloween party.
September 2016
A couple of typhoons and a fantastic music festival.
August 2016
A visit from family and fun at the beaches.
July 2016
Happy Birthday Shai and a month focusing on him.
June 2016
This month was our wedding anniversary, Daddy Day, and a trip to our favorite beaches.
May 2016
This month was all about the arrival of our new son Lael, and a very special Mommy Day.
April 2016
A couple of birthdays but overall a pretty quiet month.
March 2016
The rocket marathon, a couple of parties and a trip to the park to see beautiful cherry blossoms.
February 2016
The focus this month was mostly on farming.
January 2016
Happy New Year. We spent a very traditional New Years on the island. There was also a beach cow and a penis.
Happy News

Welcome to our new son, Lael Rani Hayman, who was born in Nishinoomote, the north city of Tanegashima.
Full baby story

Picture - Baby sleeping in our bed.
Home putting sunflower seeds upper upper farmFarming

I am now enjoying subsistence farming on this small subtropical island called Tanegashima. The challenges are many but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Picture - Shai putting in sunflower seeds.

Visit My Cool Farms - A bit of something for the beginning and experienced farmer alike.
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