Is it so hard to see the forest for the trees?

Nov 27, 2005

Is it so hard to see the forest for the trees?

By C.W. NICOL W hich other island nation’s coasts have sea ice in the north and corals in the south? Japan’s climate is also hugely influenced by a great continental mass on one side, a sea in between to moderate temperatures and pick up ...

Sad drumbeats in the wilderness

| Oct 5, 2005

Sad drumbeats in the wilderness

I made several visits to the Aichi Expo this year and met a lot of interesting people. But one person above all left an indelible impression. Soft-spoken, modest, and wearing traditional northern buckskin, his name was Michael Cazon — a Dene drummer, teacher and ...

Birds of fine feather -- and taste

| Apr 7, 2005

Birds of fine feather -- and taste

The Green or Common pheasant was adopted as the national bird of Japan in 1947, and a pair of these kiji used to decorate the 10,000 yen note. Recently however, the noble pheasant, symbol of masculine might and courage — and, through its sudden ...

Unique 'twin' woods branch out

| Mar 3, 2005

Unique 'twin' woods branch out

Our little Afan Woodland Trust here in Kurohime in Nagano Prefecture is twinned with the Afan Forest Park in South Wales. Most folk have heard of twinned cities (though I believe that Americans call them “sister cities”), but as far as I know, our ...