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Account of life and research in a small mountain village in Nagano, Japan. Stories of environment,.. anthropology, and everyday life.

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  • ALOHA
    on Mar 30, 2011 in social disaster earthquake
    Crazy few weeks. Even as the news reports recede, my mind keeps surging with thoughts of the ongoing disaster in Japan.Here in Hawai`i the Japan-America Society of Hawai`i, along with many others have come together to create ALOHA for JAPAN to raise...
  • Chance to help Japan
    on Mar 15, 2011 in social nature community disaster
    An acquaintance, Skye Hohmann, is selling some of her wonderful pictures of Japan to raise funds for relief efforts.This is a great opportunity to help the many Japanese who are now in need of assistance, while receiving a unique gift that will help...
  • tsunami
    on Mar 11, 2011 in disaster water environment
    A surreal night, watching the devastation in Japan while the blare of tsunami sirens bounced about the walls of Honolulu's myriad concrete buildings. Waves penetrated my sleep.Best wishes to all in Japan who are feeling as uncertain as the ocean.May...
  • Reading David Abrams The spell of the sensuous: Perception and language in a more-than-human world and came across this gem of a passage in which he describes the role of perception in the life of an organism.Consider a spider weaving its web, for in...
  • Checking back in
    on Mar 9, 2011
    Hello? Hello. . .? Anyone still out there?After too long of a hiatus, I've finally found my way back to the blogosphere.Not sure what the content of my posts will be from here on out.I still have plenty to say about Japanese environments, rural commu...
  • on Jul 8, 2010 in birds wildlife
    Image courtesy of: http://www.butterflyworld.com/birdguide/JapaneseWhiteEyes.htmlDays and days and days go by with not a word on my blog. Then, today, one of these little guys decided to come along and wake me up. This morning as I sat in my office...
  • Spring Snow 春雪
    on May 14, 2010 in Ontake weather
    While most of the archipelago is enjoying spring, with summer lurking just around the bend, Ontake-san still suggests winter. Well, at least in form. I'm in Hawai`i, so I have no tactile sense of the mountain, but surely its snows are heavy with wa...
  • 原谷苑の桜 Sakura at "Haradanien"
    on May 4, 2010 in Kyoto sakura
    A short video taken before coming to Hawai'i of sakura (cherry blossoms) falling at Hara-dani-en (原谷苑) near Kinkaku-ji (金閣寺) temple in Kyoto.Sorry, I'm not savvy enough to include some fitting music or anything. . .so it's just video as i...
  • お世話になりました。
    on Apr 30, 2010
    無事にハワイに着きました!王滝村の皆さん、2年間、本当にありがとうございました。...
  • Walking on water: frozen shintaki
    on Feb 7, 2010 in waterfall sacred water
    Yesterday Aki and I visited Shintaki (新滝) waterfall with a friend.  Last winter the waterfall froze for only a brief period and we didn't have a chance to see. I'm very glad we've taken the time to see it this winter.Recently, Otaki has spen...
  • on Jan 7, 2010 in landscape
    新年あけましておめでとうございます本年もよろしくお願いしますToday is the first day of the new year that I've spent in Otaki; I was in Kyoto over the holidays.Throughout the day I've marveled at the winter light as it pla...
  • Winter wonders
    on Jan 7, 2010 in Ontake forest wildlife field
    Evening walk in Kuzo hamlet. One of my favorite places in Otaki. The road we walked on, my wife and I, was covered in many spots in a good 5 centimeters of ice. From the forest above us we heard the "chi chi chi" of macaques calling to t...
  • Monitored: a visit from Japan's Forestry AgencyImage source: Makino, H. and M. Mitsuo (1953).付知川に於ける材木伐出の沿革と檜解 (History of timber extraction in Tsukuchigawa).Tsukuchigawa, 付知川営林署 (Tsukuchigawa Forest Management Office).As I mentioned in my last post,...
  • Post-Philadelphia: the writing lifeAs anyone who glances even intermittently at this blog will know. . .my posting prowess has all but non-existent as of late. I will blame this on "the writing life". Since mid-October perhaps (I don't remember exactly) I have been living...
  • bears and bellsIMG_6093, originally uploaded by taintus.There has been a lot of talk about bears in the village recently. I've heard that there is an overabundance of chestnuts and acorns in the Kiso area this year (though I've heard conflicting reports of low vol...
  • first snow
    on Oct 18, 2009 in Ontake weather
    During a walk in Otaki's backcountry today I was greeted with the wonderful sight of Otake-san donning its robe of white for the first time this season. Rain yesterday in the village had translated to a light blanket of snow down to about 2,500 mete...
  • RiceThe days have cooled considerably here in Otaki, and the hillsides are beginning to blush. Stalks of rice, which were planted in May, have begun to hang their heavy heads. They look tired, having spent their days stretching to grasp the sun, which...
  • Ontake-san in fall 秋の御嶽山Over "silver week" (a series of holidays that lined up this week in Japan) Aki and I climbed Ontake-san with a couple of friends. This was our first time staying in one of the mountains several lodges; it was a great trip.The 20th boasted...
  • a rememberance
    on Sep 14, 2009 in Ontake earthquake
    On the way to my job at Otaki's combined elementary/junior high school I stopped to take a shot of this buckwheat (soba) field. It was a beautiful morning.Today marks the 25th anniversary of the nagano-seibu-jishin 長野西部地震--Western Nagano...
  • stability and turbulence
    on Sep 10, 2009 in weather rice environment
    After a turbulent summer of rainy weather the skies over Otaki have stabilized, bringing to the heavens blues as deep as lapis lazuli.Temperatures, on the other hand, have de-stabilized, a pattern I recognize from last year's fall and this year's spr...
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