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If you go down to the woods today…

The things you see when you don’t have a camera! April 24th I arrive at my school, still tingling from the previous day’s unexplained headache, when I spot movement. Our local raccoon dogs. Two… no, wait, THREE. Sorry about the … Continue reading

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Tanuki Tales

I promised a while back that I would write a piece on the raccoon dog or tanuki, and now seems as good a time as any.  This time I want to look at some of the folklore and tales surrounding … 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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