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C.W. Nicol is a Welsh-born Japanese citizen who first came to Japan in 1962 to learn martial arts. He has published over a hundred books in eight languages. He is a forester, a cook, and a maker of fine whiskies.
For C.W. Nicol's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
When the Typhoon Hagibis floods hit Nagano, it near-destroyed the apple farms for which the area is famous, with contaminants in the floodwaters making it impossible to salvage any of the surviving fruit.
In postwar Japan, the government's Forestry Agency claimed that the Japanese beech was a useless tree. That's utter nonsense — beech wood is great for interiors and the tree is not only important for wildlife water management, but it also produces edible leaves and ...
With concern, but little surprise, I read an article by Daphne Rousseau in The Japan Times on July 2 about a mass extinction of insects in Krefeld, Germany, near the Dutch border. There, based on a study going back almost 30 years, entomologist Martin Sorg ...
C. W. Nicol relects on more than 35 years of working to conserve the environment in Japan.
The 7th AEON Eco-1 Grand Prix environmental competition highlights school kids' inventive solutions to environmental issues.
Many people make that distinction between "good" mushrooms and "bad" toadstools, though there's no scientific difference between the two — and there are some branded as "toadstools" that are, in fact, delicious.
CW. Nicol visits Zenryoji temple in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture for a Candle Night public event, led by chief priest Tomonobu Narita, for a slow-life-themed evening.
A proposed wetland nature center in Miyagi Prefecture would give wild birds a new home while attracting bird-loving tourists to Tohoku.
A few weeks ago I had things to do in Tokyo and Yokohama, so I had a ticket booked for a late-afternoon train from Nagano on Jan. 22. Then that morning my manager in Tokyo phoned to tell me I should come early ...