Category Archives: Suburban wildlife

Don’t pick up chicks!

Hi blog. I’m sorry about my lack of posts, but I am busy with a few things at home and work that require my attention. The rainy season has officially ended, the earliest ending ever announced by the bureau of … Continue reading

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Furious in Japan

Hi blog. This is an article on a truly “No, sorry, wrong!” affair.  It is doing the rounds of some major news outlets worldwide but seems to have been missed by Japan’s English language press.  (The BBC did release a … Continue reading

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Rice fish, baby

Hi blog. May weather has been somewhat erratic this year – we’ve had some glorious clear days, days of gale-force winds, days of bucketing rain and the coldest day in May in 35 years. It was on a Saturday afternoon … Continue reading

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Japanese Striped Loach

Hi blog. It was the end of a long week and the first day of a three-day weekend. (Cue Homer Simpson’s “Woohoo!”)  Actually, we were pretty lucky about the three day weekend; the April 29th holiday fell on a Sunday … Continue reading

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The Peony and the Tiger

Hi blog. It was an unseasonably warm – 29℃ – April day, I had no real responsibilities for most of the day, and I felt like going outside and doing something blog-worthy.  I suddenly recalled that a temple in Tokorozawa, … Continue reading

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Common Kingfisher

See the splashing of the kingfisher flashing to the water Grantchester Meadows, Pink Floyd Hi blog. If you go to a wooded riverbank or lake, you are quite likely to see people with magnifying scopes and long telephoto lenses waiting … Continue reading

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The Big Chill

Hi blog. I’m doing my best to avoid the Olympics without the option of fleeing to another country.  Luckily for me, Japan had not won any medals and was forced to fill news time with something else. That something else … Continue reading

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Its bite is worse than its bark

Hi blog. It is still cold here in the mornings, with minus temperatures around 6:00 the norm.  The phenomena of needle ice, known locally as shimobashira (霜柱) is a daily occurrence – as is having my bike stand buried in … Continue reading

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Frozen

Hi blog. As you probably know, I am not terribly fond of winter.  January 22nd gave us our heaviest snowfall since that really big one four years ago.  Some of the snow and ice still remains piled up (or compressed) … Continue reading

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Fluffing up fugu and eating eels to extinction

Hi blog. A couple of news items.  The first is almost worthy of those “crazy things that happen only in Japan” segments. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/01/16/national/deadly-fugu-fish-flub-prompts-emergency-warning-aichi-city/#.WmKxmKhl_IU Deadly fugu fish flub prompts emergency warning in Aichi AFP-JIJI  JAN 16, 2018 The Aichi Prefecture city … Continue reading

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