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Land of Ice and Snow: Hokkaido

The subarctic region of Japan is known as Hokkaido, sometimes known as the rough-cut diamond of the north. It has the significant distinction of being Japan’s untamed frontier despite having a population of only roughly 5 million. Despite having fewer than 5% of the country’s population, Hokkaido makes up well over 20% of its entire …

The Entotsu Suzume Mystery

Contrary to what many tourists believe, the ubiquitous resident sparrow seen across East Asia, including Japan, is actually a Eurasian Tree Sparrow. This is prevalent across the nation, from towns and cities to rural farms, though it has significantly decreased recently. The Eurasian Tree Sparrow is a commensal species that coexists with people in East …

Japanese Dog Breeds – Sakhalin Husky

Japan is renowned for having the best sushi in the world, amazing anime, and cunning ninjas. In the year 2022, there was a “pet boom” in the nation of Japan. Rearing dogs has, at least in the view of the Japanese, evolved into a practical and feasible substitute for raising children. In Japan, the number …

Sea ducks like harlequins and others In Japan

Shallow bays, fishing harbors, and the turbulent waters off the rocky beaches of Tohoku and Hokkaido in northern Japan all have something in common: they all draw some of the sea-ducks, who are among the most alluring and dramatic of Japan’s waterfowl. None is more attractive than the Harlequin Duck, which is common along northern …

Life on the Edge in Japan

Japan is a nation of fishermen, and the Japanese diet includes a wide range of seafood because it has one of the largest coasts of any country for its size. Red Foxes frequently forage around the rocks at low tide because a large portion of the coastline is rocky and creates tidal pools that are …

Several Buntings In Japan

Buntings make up more than 20 of the resident and migrant passerines in Japan. Similar to finches in appearance, but usually with a smaller head and a longer tail. While many of those listed in Japan are locals or frequent tourists, some are vagrants. Although only a summer visitor in Hokkaido, the Meadow Bunting is …

Auspicious Birds – Breaking seeds in Japan

The resident and migratory passerine birds of Japan are incredibly diverse. The Japanese Grosbeak and the Hawfinch are two well-known seed-eaters who possess the strongest bites of practically any small bird. Literally translated as “seed-shatterer,” the hawfinch’s scientific name. It has far greater jaw muscles than the majority of other birds its size, which allows …

A Wide Range of Thrushes In Japan

In Japan, there are no fewer than 21 different species of thrush. Others are dependable summer visitors, winter visitors, or spring and fall migrants, while some are vagrants or unintentional travelers. Some migrants are common, like the Dusky Thrush. Several fascinating Asian species are among the summer migrants. These include the elusive birds of the …

Butterflies fly to Japan

Japan has a wonderful variety of butterflies. In contrast to the 71 species found in the UK and Ireland’s islands and the 62 found on New Zealand’s, the Japanese archipelago has an astounding 263 species, attributable to the variety of local temperatures and environments. As with Japan’s other types of creatures, some are restricted to …

Starlings from Japan

White-cheeked Starlings are a common and numerous bird in Japan. Similar to Common Starling in Europe (or in other parts of North America where it has been introduced), White-cheeked Starling is territorial during the breeding season but gathers in increasingly big flocks after breeding. These typically feed on the ground, probing through short grass and …