That's right, folks -- this is not built in Wordpress.
Previous version of japan-days.info
After working on the Japan-Days.info rebuild for a couple of months, I finally launched the new site late in the day on March 3, 2017.
Japan Days is a website that I have largely ignored for the past few years. Lately, Ritsuko and I have been traveling to Japan more frequently, and I have been thinking more about previous visits as well as the time that I spent there in the 1970's. So I have been wanting to write more content, but looking at the old site, it was just too dated in appearance, and being a static site, adding content was a chore.
Over the years, I have developed the basic engine for a PHP/MySQL content management system, portions of which could be re-purposed, and expanded upon for use in a custom CMS for this site. Also, in the past few years, I have watched front end web technology evolve into the current state where marvelous styling and effects are possible using HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Therefore, a couple of months ago I set out to re-develop this site back to front so that the end result would be a visually pleasing responsive presentation driven by a custom CMS back end through which I can easily and quickly add content when an idea causes me to sit down and write something relevant to my days in Japan.
This new site is still a work in progress. I have more work to do on the back end, and at this time, there are some minor tweaks to make to the @media CSS queries in order to improve the manner in which the site resolves accross different platforms. I might also incorporate an RSS feature, so that people who wish to follow the site can get instant notification of new content when it is posted.
Update edit 8/5/2019: Since this article was originally posted, I did, shortly after the original posting, complete the article RSS feed, and added Twitter "follow or tweet" buttons to the top of the page menu. The latest addition, and cause for my adding this update, are Tooltips to help the reader get an immediate explanation of some of the terminology used on this website.
That is all for now, and I hope that you all enjoy the newly designed site.