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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Nature- Quotes about the natural world and ecology in Japan

“Japan is the only country I know where a flower can bring an entire nation to a state of near-sexual excitement” Karin Muller, Japanland pg 51

“a birdwatcher once told me that Japanese snow cranes bow to each other during their mating dance because, well, they are Japanese birds. Apparently, were they American birds they would shake hands instead” Hokkaido Highway Blues pg 33

“Japan is both a population of restless energy and a landscape of geological restlessness…The whole country rumbles and jitters as though it were balancing precariously atop a circus bear’s unicycle” Getting Wet pg 22/23

“What about lambs? You people eat lambs. We think lambs are cute. We don’t try to stop you eating them.” An original if irrational defence of whaling from a Japanese chef. From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio, 19 Jan 2008

“To this day .. monks wooden sandals are washed up on the shores of the [American] Pacific Northwest” A wonderfully romantic image from The Economist 22 December 2007, explaining how the first Japanese ships to get washed up on American shores ended there

“Look at that one. It’s $7000. Kind of makes you want to stop eating sushi. But I guess you have to.” Koi conversation from the movie “Thank You For Smoking”

“And why should Japanese ships have to go so far, suffering international outrage? Because the Americans fished out all the Japanese whales in the century before last” Mayor of Taiji, a small Japanese fishing village. Quoted in The Economist 22 December 2007

“The rain you are now experiencing is not the rainy season rain. The rainy season will start as soon as this rain finishes” A TV news weather forecaster, as quoted by Insight Guides Japan

“Taifuu-sama- the ‘Mr Typhoon’ of 1959 which brought such prosperity it acquired an honorific suffix, thanks to the mayor’s astonishing success in getting relief funds” Ronald P Dore

“Modernized as they may be, the Shinohata villagers have not yet acquired the cult of the natural smell. They look back with no nostalgia to the days…before the oxen disappeared and a DDT spraying campaign pretty well eliminated both flies and mosquitoes from the village” An example of the Japanese trust in chemicals and mistrust of uncontrolled nature, Ronald. P. Dore

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