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Nature in Tokyo:
A Guide to Plants and Animals in and Around Tokyo

by Kevin Short

ISBN 4770025351 / 9784770025357 / 4-7700-2535-1
Publisher Kodansha International (JPN)
Country Japan
Language English
Edition Softcover
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The diversity of Japan's wildlife is stunning. Lush plant life and intriguing animal species abound, many of them unseen in the West outside of zoos and botanical gardens. Yet until now, little has been written about the subject. With humor, insight, and a scattering of Japanese folklore, American naturalist Kevin Short explores the intricacies of Japan's ecosystems with a keen eye for the smallest detail.

Nothing escapes his scrutiny, from the flowering cycles of wild orchids to the unique breeding habits of the indigenous Japanese tree frog. Under Short's expert tutelage, we are taken on a guided tour of all the intricacies of native plant and animal life. The nocturnal mischief of Japan's raccoon dog, the mating rituals of the giant dragonfly, the swirl of life in Tokyo's tidal pools and coastal waters -- all these come to life in Short's fascinating sketches.

Ample photographs and detailed drawings by the author accompany his reports and evoke the beauty of this nature-loving country. At the back of the book, Short introduces local parks and preserves. But whether you are a traveler or simply an armchair nature-lover, this fascinating romp through the indigenous plant and animal life in around Tokyo will offer hours of enjoyable -- and eye-opening -- reading. [via]