Nature

Since KJ’s earliest days, we have covered major environmental issues in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Our final print issue, Biodiversity (75) was produced especially for the UN’s COP10 Summit in Nagoya, 2010; we gave away nearly 1000 copies to participants.

Alert readers will note, however, that this section is titled “Nature,” not “Environment.” These days, environment is too often viewed as extractable resource, or a malfunctioning sector requiring (additional) human intervention. We believe that a deeper, more integrated understanding of our shared natural environment is essential. We remain committed to presenting thought-provoking views on nature in Asia, and the place of humanity — and all other species — within it.
 
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Nature

On March 3, 2011 By

Nature

Since KJ’s earliest days, we have covered major environmental issues in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. Our final print issue, Biodiversity (75) was produced especially for the UN’s COP10 Summit in Nagoya, 2010; we gave away nearly 1000 copies to participants.

Alert readers will note, however, that this section is titled […]

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The Science of Satoyama

On October 13, 2011 By

NATURE
BY KARL BAREIS

Japan’s traditional rural landscape, comprised of villages bordered by fields and tended woodlands, is known as “satoyama.”

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Frontier Country

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BY BENJAMIN D. HODGDON
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Satoyama: Ideal and Real

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BY BRIAN WILLIAMS

The satoyama world both fosters and harbors a range of ecosystems found neither in wholly wild regions nor in more modern agro-industrial and urban zones.

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Arne Naess in Kyoto

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BY RICHARD EVANOFF

Ecosophy – an ecological worldview first mapped out by ARNE NAESS – provides the philosophical underpinnings for the movement through a wholistic synthesis of spiritual, political and environmental perspectives.

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Nature is Beautiful

On July 8, 2011 By

THE ART OF EZAKI  MITSURU

Nature is beautiful. In looking closely at living beings one by one, you are certain to find that they are major happenings in the universe. They are miracles.

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BY GARY SNYDER

Although human beings have interacted with nature – both cultivated and wild, for millennia, and sometimes destructively so, it was never quite like “war.” It has now become disconcertingly so…

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curling

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BY MARC P. KEANE

i have been a fern unfolding. in a forest of deep slanting shadows, close to the ground with its many tiny scratchings and slitherings, surrounded by the steady rumble and rush of a waterfall, i was a fern.

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Maverick Mushrooms

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BY CHRISTAL WHELAN

In Japanese, the general word for mushroom, kinoko, means “child of the tree.”  Names of species then reflect specific trees plus the suffix –take (or dake), signifying “mushroom.” 

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Fireflies

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BY WINIFRED BIRD

…when the summer nights begin to resemble a damp wool blanket thrown over our house and the rainy season pounds relentlessly onward, my husband and I like to drive out to a village in the nearby mountains…

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