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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 …

Daimyo katagi (Portrait of a Daimyo) – Matsudaira Sadanobu (1759–1829)

Matsudaira Sadanobu (1759–1829) was the grandson of Tokugawa Yoshimune and the great-great-great grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first and eighth shoguns of the Tokugawa dynasty. He was a descendant of the Tayasu branch of the Tokugawa house, one of the cadet branches of the shogun’s family, or gosankyô, and was born in Edo Castle. His …

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 …

Daimyo and Domains in Japan

Daimyô was an informal phrase used to refer to the largest military lords in premodern Japan. It is made up of the Chinese characters dai (great or enormous) and myô (mean-ing myôden or “name land”). Earlier historical eras used the term in a variety of ways, but during the Tokugawa period it took on a …

Kawasaki – Kanagawa

One of the major cities in the Greater Tokyo Area and the Keihin Industrial Area is Kawasaki (Kawasaki-shi), which is located in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan. After Yokohama, it is the second most populous city in Kanagawa Prefecture and the eighth most populous city in all of Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area). With …

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 …

Firefighting clothing during the period Tokugawa

Due to the flammable nature of the building materials and the regularity of earthquakes, fires regularly broke out in the castle towns of Tokugawa Japan. They happened so frequently in Edo that the city was known by the proverb “Fires and battles are the flowers of Edo.” Although many different kinds of firefighting organizations were …

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 …