New horse lodge signals the way ahead

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Sep 3, 2016

New horse lodge signals the way ahead

On July 15, 2016, just a few minutes' gentle canter from our splendid Afan Trust Centre here in the hills outside Kurohime in northern Nagano Prefecture, we officially opened our brand-new, first-ever horse lodge. Designed by Nobuaki Furuya and his team at Waseda University in ...

The Imperial Couple's day in our woods

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Jul 2, 2016

The Imperial Couple's day in our woods

On Monday, June 6, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited us here at our C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust in Shinano, northern Nagano Prefecture. Myself and members of the trust's staff who needed to know were informed of the impending visit three months before, but ...

Hailing the benefits of raising a stink

Environment | OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK Apr 30, 2016

Hailing the benefits of raising a stink

In the 1980s, when I was living in northern Nagano Prefecture and hiking the mountains with members of the local Hunters Association, I was always making a lot of fuss about the depredation of ancient forests being instigated by the Forestry Agency — a ...