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Posts tagged “Shiga Prefecture

Nature – Bats in Shiga

For the second year running, I was lucky enough to be invited to join, and help out with, an annual research project that monitors a local colony of rare tube nosed bats.

Catching, tagging, weighing and recording data is the order of the day. I mostly helped out with putting tagged bats back in safe places where they could get over the trauma of being ‘researched’.

Here’s a selection of photo collages from the day. A full album can be found here.

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The Yokai Files – Tanuki – Ceramics and Saviours

Despite having posted about Tanukis just recently a couple of things happened that made me want to do an update.

Firstly, I went to the town of Shigaraki – the spiritual home of the ceramic Tanuki, producing a staggering number of  Tanuki figures.

Secondly, I remembered another nice story about a ceramic Tanuki saving Kyoto, and that I had photos of the shrine dedicated to that Tanuki.

Lastly, an update will be a great excuse to show you all a rather famous Japanese TV commercial featuring those huge testicles.

So here you are, a second helping of Tanuki goodness.

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