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Crescent Moon Bear

Bears are the two largest terrestrial mammals in Japan, however their ranges do not cross or overlap in that country. Brown Bear is found in Hokkaido, a region in the north of the nation, north of Blakiston’s Line, an essential biogeographical boundary, as well as beyond the Tsugaru Strait. The home range of the Asiatic …

Osaka – Japan

Osaka, which is usually pronounced just “Osaka,” is a designated city in Japan’s Kansai prefecture on the island of Honshu. The third most populous city in Japan, after Special wards of Tokyo and Yokohama, it serves as the capital and largest city of Osaka Prefecture. It is also the largest part of the Keihanshin Metropolitan …

Wild and Mythical Tanuki

Tanuki, an indigenous monster that is both mythological and real, is common throughout mainland Japan, particularly in mountainous woods. It can be seen in houses all around the country and is more common and likely much more numerous in ceramic form than the actual wild critter. On the other hand, the wild animal is indigenous …

Тhe relatives of the Rabbits

The footprints left by Japan’s hares after a recent snowfall show how extensive and abundant they are. Their prints are easily recognized because their small front paws create two close-together impressions, usually in a line pointing in the direction of travel, and their huge, broad hind feet leave large, widely spaced impressions to either side …

Okinawa Island

The largest of Japan’s Ryukyu (Nansei) Islands, Okinawa Island is located in the Kyushu area. Of Japan’s five main islands, this one is the smallest and least populous. The island has a total size of 1,206.98 square kilometers, is around 106 kilometers (66 mi) long, and is typically 11 kilometers (7 mi) wide (466.02 sq …

Shinto Fortune Tellers of the Avian Kind

Tits, sometimes known as chickadees, are a tiny group of woodland birds that are well-represented in Japan, even more so today that cutting-edge research techniques enable the designation of isolated populations as entire species. With its sleek black “neck-tie,” the ubiquitous and widespread Japanese Tit resembles the Great Tit of Eurasia, although it lacks the …

The Japan Alps

Japan is mostly made up of mountains, with numerous peaks peaking beyond 3,000 meters. The Nihon Arupusu (Japanese Alps), the largest of them, are a broken, three-part, mountainous range that spans 120 km across central Honshu and is divided by deep, water-cut valleys that resemble gorges. Igneous rocks, such as Cretaceous (145-66 Mya) granites, have …

Wild Honshū

The rough mountains of Honshu are cut off from other mountain ranges in Asia, such as those in Kyushu and Hokkaido, as well as from other ranges in Japan. They resemble another archipelago of isolated islands with steep mountains as their home, large valleys between them, and lowland habitats all around. The rivers here have …

The Nature of Mt Fuji

The symmetrical profile of Mt. Fuji is well known globally. It is challenging to fully grasp the grandeur and significance of the isolated cone of Japan’s prototypical stratovolcano because it dominates the landscape of lowland central Honshu. However, from over 3,000 meters in the Japan Alps, you can see the mountain for what it really …

Cuckoos and their Hosts In Japan

Four of the eleven cuckoo species that have been recorded in Japan are summer visitors: the Northern Hawk-Cuckoo, Lesser Cuckoo, Oriental Cuckoo, and Common Cuckoo. They reproduce across a large portion of the nation, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. The entire family gets its onomatopoeic name from the last species’ call. All of them are insectivorous …