wildlife /ˈwʌɪl(d)lʌɪf/ n. L19. [f. WILD a. + LIFE n.] the native fauna and flora of a region, freq spec. the fauna only
The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, p. 3686
It is often hard to think of “Japan” and “wildlife” as belonging in the same sentence.
Despite the frequently-cited Japanese love for nature, a huge portion of one of the world’s most urbanised populations does its best to avoid nature. They are content to walk down asphalt paths along cement river banks to look at cultured trees or planted flowers. Their understanding of nature is either one of a sanitarized, spider-free display, or something to be watched on TV.
A running joke from my former job in a conversation school:
“You know you’ve been here too long when… Nature is a CONCRETE concept!”
Yet, even within the suburban sprawl, there are facinating pockets of plants and animals that go overlooked. That’s where this blog comes in. Let me introduce you to some of the wildlife (and some introduced species too) that inhabit my neck of the woods.