Category Archives: Suburban wildlife

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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Reblogged: A walk on Mt. Mitake brings encounters with wolf and mountain lore | Heritage of Japan

Hi blog. Avid readers may remember posts about the Mitsumine Shrine and the wolf cult centred around it.  I mentioned a similar set of beliefs based at the Mitake Shrine on Mt. Mitake. Well, Heritage of Japan has tied up … Continue reading

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Never a Boar and the Bear Mountains

Hi blog. I’m in the midst of a ridiculously busy period at work.  Winter is just around the corner, and all the signs are there –  more leaves on the ground than on the trees, sunset arriving early and sunrise … Continue reading

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Cold and to the Nth Degree

Hi blog. Just a quick post. November 20th produced the coldest November morning in over 30 years in the Tokyo metropolitan area, and here the maximum was in single digits – weather we could reasonably expect at the end of … Continue reading

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A Bundle of Cuteness

Hi blog. This is just a short post based around a single picture. I have been ridiculously busy recently, and the weather hasn’t been conducive to wildlife blogging either – a frequently cold and wet October (with several days of … Continue reading

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The Black Fox

Hi blog. This first came to my attention several days ago, but no English language version seemed forthcoming.  Then, on a whim, I did another net search today. From The Asahi Shimbun: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710090029.html Video captures rare black fox in Hokkaido; … Continue reading

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The Very Green Caterpillar

Hi blog. We are well and truly into autumn.  The cicadas stopped singing long ago, the crickets taking their place as nature’s muses.  The red spider lilies have fallen, and my scant crop of persimmons is nearly ready for harvest.  … Continue reading

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