The Japanese macaque, is a terrestrial Old World monkey species native to Japan. It is also sometimes known as the snow monkey because it lives in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year — no primate, with the exception of humans, is more northern-living, nor lives in a colder climate.
I have wanted to see the Japanese snow monkeys (a species of macaque) since reading about the fascinating creatures years ago. I finally managed to get into the heart of the Japanese Alps to view these amazing creatures in all their glory (story & photos here).
During my time in Japan I've been to Okinawa numerous times, for both work and pleasure. It's a beautiful and diverse island chain to the southwest of mainland Japan. Each group of islands has its own characteristics, wildlife, and people.
(a few of my blog posts featuring Okinawa can be found here)
I've been fortunate enough to visit the Arctic circle on a work assignment. The chilling (up to -45ºC including wind-chill) temperatures were a challenge for both myself and my equipment.
After living in Tokyo for 3 years, I've amassed a large catalog of photos from trips, meals, and general life. Here are a (not so) small selection, but the majority of my blog will contain images from life in Tokyo, so please check it out (link above).
Hiroshima is an infamous, relatively rural city in Western Japan. I recommend that anyone visiting Japan take a special trip to Hiroshima, to not only visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, but to taste the excellent local food (Hiroshima is famous for oysters), and see what else this exciting place has to offer.