Hello everyone, It has now been about 1 year since I first got my smoker and since I started smoking here in Japan. I must say, developing an interest in smoking has had a direct effect on my health...hahaha In other words I find myself spending the weekends smoking, eating, drinking, and then more smoking It is difficult to find large cuts of meat here in Japan but I have managed to find most of what I look for or something very close to what I look for. For example, I was unable to find pork shoulders with the bone in but did find boneless shoulder blocks. Currently I am searching for whole chickens but it seems they are very pricee out here (apprx $23-$27) Salmon is by far the easiest for me to come by and also a pleasure to eat! ABT's are most likely the source of my weight gain over the past year Terydactile eggs/ meatloafs are always great! Ribs are also pretty pricee out here but I can't refuse my family the pleasure of eating them. This craze of smoking has lead me to start growing peppers from seeds. I tried to grow Poblano, Jalapeno, early jalapeno, serrano, and anaheim peppers. We had a very very hot summer here in Japan and my lack of experience lead to a large majority of my plants dying, most likely due to putting them outside in the garden to early. Out of about 12 plants I have 7 plants alive and kickin. The early Jalapenos true to their name were the first to produce peppers. This was as of last week. Hopefully the rest will start producing any day now. Future plans include: chicken, Whale (for research purposes only), eel, and bear or boar depending on when I am able to get my hands on some. Ok enough talk for now. Here are some pics I have accumulated over the last year.