Leaving Room 413

At the end of March, 2014, I’ll retire from full-time service as a professor at Kyoto Notre Dame University (KNDU). I’ve taught at KNDU since October 1, 1977, and I’ll continue to teach on a part-time basis as I devote more time to other activities. As a part-time teacher, I will no longer have my […]

Cicadas at Kamogawa Park

This morning I was in Kyoto on the west bank of the Kamo River (Kamogawa). I heard cicadas in the trees along Kamogawa Park (鴨川公園) near Kojinguchi, so I made a short audio recording that I posted on Soundcloud. I also posted the sound on the radio aporee world sound map, where we can hear […]

Black Kites in Kyoto

Black kites (milvus migrans) flocking to scavenge food along Kamogawa behind Kyoto Prefectural Hospital, where people are eating lunch on April 12, 2013. These raptors, called TOMBI in Kansai (TOBI in Kanto), are commonly seen in the Japanese countryside, where, as solitary hunters, they prey on bugs, field mice, and other small animals. In spite […]