From Fall 2009 to Spring 2010 I attended Kobe University in Japan. There I studied with
Professor Ohta Yasuhiro. During my stay I learned about Solitons and in particular the
so-called Hirota Direct Method.
Here are some pictures. You might recognize the famous "Great wave of Kanagawa." Perhaps an "ancient" soliton? There is also a picture of me with Professor Ohta. Thirdly, a picture of me at Itsukushima, probably one of the most well-known shrines of Japan. Enjoy!
Below is an animation made in Mathematica of 3 soliton waves. Note how even though the waves collide,
they retain their original shape. This is an important characteristic of solitonic waves.
(Sorry for the bad quality. I will try to fix this later...)