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August 24th, 2005

The other day I was visiting the same hilly neighborhood where I saw the Enaga (Long-tailed Tit), and spotted something I had never seen before: Pheasants. Not, not serfs. The birds. Specifically, the Japanese Green Pheasant (Kiji • キジ). Unfortunately, it was a hen and her growing youngster (or possibly two hens), which are fairly plain, and not the garish and wattled red, purple, green, and grey adult male. But still, it’s a new species for me.



After spotting them, I spoke with a resident of the area, a nice woman who did not like the birds so much, as they raided her garden, especially of fruits such as strawberries, and–why, she could not fathom–eggplants.

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  1. YKW
    August 24th, 2005 at 05:49 | #1

    I think you could double how interesting your blog is by providing links into wikipedia for all the terms that you use that the average joe/jill may not know.



  2. August 24th, 2005 at 22:55 | #2

    I’m sorry that this doesn’t relate to this post. (And you may decide to moderate out this note.) But I wonder what you have to say about the privatization of the Japanese Postal System as promoted by Koizumi and his faction. I just wrote a short piece on it on my blog, and I decided to check yours, thinking you would have already posted something. I didn’t see anything on your index, so I thought I’d ask.

  3. BlogD
    August 25th, 2005 at 01:28 | #3

    Actually, I did blog on it:


    I have little to say about it, as I don’t know too much about it. The existing system seems to have worked so far. What I read seemed to say that it was a restructuring bid to shake up and reorganize finances within the government as well as to throw business to the private sector by doing away with a subsidized national industry.

    In the end, I just can’t see how this could possibly benefit the common Japanese citizenry.

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