Tag - nature



The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo's Ueno district
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 6, 2023
Japan's national science museum holds record crowdfunding campaign
The institution has raised ¥920 million through the 90-day campaign, with 57,000 members of the public chipping in.
Nature journaling is a way of connecting to nature by organizing your observations, questions, explanations and discoveries in the pages of a notebook.
LIFE / Travel
Nov 2, 2023
How a notebook and some pens can 'connect yourself to nature'
According to nature journaling instructor Eriko Kobayashi, there are now about 140 such clubs devoted to the calming practice worldwide.
The Nakamise shopping street in Tokyo's Asakusa district under reconstruction after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake. This photograph was colorized with the cooperation of Hidenori Watanave, a professor of the University of Tokyo.
JAPAN / History
Aug 21, 2023
Colorized photos of 1923 Tokyo quake to be displayed
The photos of the 1923 disaster will be displayed as part of an exhibition set to start at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo on Sept. 1.
A popular dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 9, 2023
Crowdfunding success at Japan science museum sends mixed message
While such initiatives provide much-needed cash, they are also a sign of limited government funding for science.
Japan Times
Jun 29, 2022
Modern phoenix: The bird brought back from extinction in Japan
The revival of the toki population in Niigata Prefecture is a rare conservation success story when 1 in 8 bird species globally are threatened with extinction.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2022
‘An Immense World’ is a thrilling tour of nonhuman perception
Ed Yong's book urges readers to break outside their “sensory bubble” to consider the unique ways that dogs, dolphins, mice and other animals experience their surroundings.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jan 15, 2022
‘The Mating Game’: NHK's 8K nature series reveals all
The national broadcaster's 5-episode natural history series, which follows the courting rituals of 80 species in 22 different countries, is the first of its kind to be shot entirely in 8K.
Japan Times
Nov 28, 2021
What temples and shrines mean to an outsider
Temples and shrines offer a closeness with nature that can provide spiritual comfort to those who are far from their own religious communities.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 16, 2021
Japanese-inspired forests take root in COP26 host city
The so-called tiny forest plantations are based on the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2020
'The diversity of nature': Rare 9-tentacled octopus found in northeastern Japan
The unusual creature has been put on display at the local nature center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 20, 2020
Fins of prehistoric fish reveal origins of the human hand
Inside the stout fins of a fish that, about 380 million years ago, prowled the shallow waters of an estuary in what is now eastern Canada, scientists have found what they call the evolutionary origins of the human hand.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 8, 2020
Inbreeding plagued the last woolly mammoths
The world's last woolly mammoths, sequestered on an Arctic Ocean island outpost, suffered from serious genetic defects caused by generations of inbreeding that may have hampered traits such as sense of smell and male fertility in the doomed population.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 16, 2020
Deep-sea microbe found off Japan sheds light on primordial evolutionary milestone
A microorganism scooped up in deep-sea mud off Japan's coast has helped scientists unlock the mystery of one of the watershed evolutionary events for life on Earth: the transition from the simple cells that first colonized the planet to complex cellular life — fungi, plants and animals including people.
Japan Times
Jan 13, 2020
Koalas could be classified 'endangered' after fires decimate population
Australia's koala population has taken such an "extraordinary hit" from the wildfires sweeping the country that the marsupial could be classified as endangered in some areas, according to Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 5, 2019
North America's bird shrinkage documented, with a crash and a splat
Since 1978, researchers have scooped up and measured tens of thousands of birds that died after crashing into buildings in Chicago during spring and fall migrations. Their work has documented what might be called the incredible shrinking bird.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2019
Alpine ecosystems at risk in 10 prefectures from climate change, researchers warn
Alpine animals and plants in 10 of Japan's 47 prefectures, such as Hokkaido, are likely to lose habitats within the country by the end of the 21st century as global warming worsens, a Japanese research team reported Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Nov 22, 2019
Study reveals music's universal patterns
From love songs to dance tunes to lullabies, music made in disparate cultures worldwide displays certain universal patterns, according to a study by researchers who suggest a commonality in the way human minds create music.
Japan Times
Nov 6, 2019
Trump administration to auction off Arctic Alaskan oil and gas sites next month
The Trump administration said on Tuesday it will be auctioning off nearly 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of land in Arctic Alaska for oil development next month, and it is promising much more territory will be open to development in the future.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 28, 2019
Japanese team discovers that water on Mars was once 'as salty as ramen soup'
A Japanese research team has found that water believed to have existed on Mars 3.5 billion years ago contained salt and minerals, providing conditions suited to life.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2019
Post-apocalyptic fossils show fast rise of mammals after dinosaur demise
A revelatory cache of fossils dug up in central Colorado details as never before the rise of mammals from the post-apocalyptic landscape after an asteroid smacked Earth 66 million years ago and annihilated three-quarters of all species, including the dinosaurs.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?