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Badgering On

Hi blog. Sometimes I am genuinely surprised at how little the locals know about their native wildlife. A point in case was during Golden Week and my family went camping near Shomaru Pass.  The campsite was very much unknown and … Continue reading

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The Bear Truth

Hi blog. Just for a change of pace, something which didn’t make the English language news. On October 17 and 18, a hiker in the mountains around the border of Fukuoka and Saga reported sighting a “bear-like animal”. Bears have … Continue reading

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Mujina and Mami – the Myth and the Mammals

On the Akasaka Road, in Tokyo, there is a slope called Kii-no-kuni-zaka,—which means the Slope of the Province of Kii. I do not know why it is called the Slope of the Province of Kii. On one side of this … Continue reading

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Splitting hairs? An adventure in Cross-Linguistic Naming

One of the interesting aspects of doing any anything nature-related in Japan is the difference in nomenclature between the English and Japanese languages. Most non-linguists tend to think in very absolute terms – generally along the lines that their language’s … Continue reading

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