Japan: The Natural History of an Asian Archipelago

A comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to Japan’s astonishing animals and plants—and the natural forces that have shaped them


Jan 18, 2022
5.88 x 8.25 in.
810 color photos. 39 illus. 26 maps.
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This richly illustrated guide is the first comprehensive and accessible introduction to the extraordinary natural history of the Japanese archipelago. It explains how Japan’s geology, geography, climate, seas and currents have forged conditions supporting a diverse range of species—from cranes, bears, eagles and monkeys to plants, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and snakes—many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Engaging and authoritative, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to explore or learn about Japan’s natural wonders, from the Japanese Macaque—the famous snow monkeys—to the magnificent Steller’s Eagle.

  • Features more than 878 colour photographs, illustrations and maps
  • Provides a lavishly illustrated introduction to many of Japan’s common and iconic mammals and birds
  • Takes readers on a naturalist’s journey to the key areas of Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku and Nansei Shoto, as well as the Izu, Ogasawara and Iwo islands
  • Introduces Japan’s geology, geography, topography, climate, habitats, biodiversity and much more
  • Explains where and how to watch and photograph wildlife in Japan, including whales