The hoot of Japan’s most common owl is soft and sonorous, but it can be heard up to 2 km away. When I stay out in the woods at night, with a small campfire and something to sip on, I love to hear the owls calling … “Ooooo-hoo-hoo.” They don’t make a lot of noise but when they do give voice, you know about it!

I am reminded of a poem I learned as a boy, which (as far as I recall) goes:

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