Zambia and Rwanda with Mark & Mayumi August 2017

We are delighted to have been asked to co-lead this marvellous wildlife watching tour to Zambia and Rwanda in search of a whole host of widlife including Mountain Gorilla.

If you would like details of the tour please contact: Expedition Easy at info@expeditioneasy.com


Kamuy Mintara, our successful summer tour of  Hokkaido returns in summer 2017 (18 May to 1 June)

Mark and Mayumi Brazil will once again lead this popular tour of Hokkaido focussing on the wildlife and culture of Japan's fascinating northern island. For further information visit our dedicated Kamui Mintara: Hokkaido, Garden of the Gods tour page. 

If you would like details of the tour please contact: Expedition Easy at info@expeditioneasy.com


Common and Iconic Birds of Japan, our latest publication is now available (1 August 2015)

Ideal for the travelling naturalist, or for travelers with a side interest in birds and for those who do not want to carry around heavy field guides. 

This is a handy, bilingual, laminated, fold out, pocket-sized guide. It covers 122 of Japan's common and iconic bird species - the species most likely to be encountered while travelling in Japan.

The new Pocket Guide: Common and Iconic Birds of Japan is beautifully illustrated in colour by the late Masayuki Yabuuchi.

The images are of a draft of the cover and the front.


Common and Iconic Mammals of Japan, our latest publication is now available (1 August 2015)

Ideal for the travelling naturalist, or for travelers with a side interest in mammals and for those who do not want to carry around heavy field guides. 

This is a handy, bilingual, laminated, fold out, pocket-sized guide. It covers 56 of Japan's common and iconic mammal species - the species most likely to be encountered while travelling in Japan.

The new Pocket Guide: Common and Iconic Mammals of Japan is beautifully illustrated in colour by the late Masayuki Yabuuchi.

The images are of a draft of the cover and the front.


Wild Watch, Mark's nature column has arrived at Japan Nature Guides (April 2015)

For 33 years, from April 1982 to March 2015, Wild Watch appeared in The Japan Times newspaper. Reputedly the longest running nature column in any newspaper, this popular column has now moved to the Japan Nature Guides website, complete with an archive of articles dating back to 1999.


Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia eBook now available

Containing all illustrations, the full text, the maps AND with songs and calls of almost all species embedded, the eBook of Birds of East Asia is the ideal travel companion for birders visiting Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the east China coast and northeast Russia.

The ground-breaking field guide to all the birds of Japan and all surrounding countries in the East Asia region is now even better. It is now available in an easy to carry digital format.

The must-have book for all birders visiting Japan, Korea, Taiwan, eastern China and the Russian Far East, is heavy in the pocket or backpack. With that in mind a new version of the first edition has been prepared.

An e-Book edition is available!

It was published in September 2014. The e-Book edition includes all of the text, all of the illustrations, the maps AND sound files of vocalisations of most species in the book making it a must-have version for anyone birding with an iPhone or an iPad. It looks stunning on the latest iPads, with rapid page turning, swift access to illustrations and sounds and is in every way as user-friendly as the print field guide itself, with the added benefit of all of the embedded sounds. The eBook can be downloaded via iTunes and via iBooks (search for Birds of East Asia).

It will also become available for Android tablets and smartphones, and e-readers (including Kobo, Sony and Nooks). For details and downloads visit Bloomsbury Publishing.


 

The Nature of Japan: From Dancing Cranes to Flying Fish

It has been a long time coming; 30 years in the writing and two in the editing and preparation for publication, but Mark's collection of essays The Nature of Japan: From Dancing Cranes to Flying Fish is now complete.

Newly published, and initially supported by special subscription, it is now on general sale. 

This selection of my nature writings about Japan and its marvelous biodiversity is arranged seasonally and focusses on iconic species found in many parts of the Japanese archipelgo. 

The attractive line-drawings are all by Hokkaido-based artist Hisashi Masuda, who has done a masterful job of illustrating each and every chapter. 

Copies signed by the author and the artist are available at a special premium price. If you would like a signed and dedicated copy just let us know.

The picture here is of a near final draft cover, not the final version. 

For those interested in knowing the scope of the book the Contents page is given below. 

If you would like to purchase please write to: mayumibrazil@japannatureguides.com

Reviews of The Nature of Japan

"A superb production from every critical point of view. Bravo, Mark!!" .... Peter, Arizona

"I am absolutely thrilled with your book! Everything about it is superb: the delightful foreword by Ian Redmond, the whole general design, Masuda-san's inspired drawings, the many quotations from literature, the font. EVERYTHING!  When I start reading it I just can't put it down. Your writing is so vivid it holds one spellbound, as I have said before. And this is truly a masterpiece." .... Dorothy, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

"What a wonderful volume this is: informative, interesting and stunningly illustrated. It is a please to read and browse through and I am genuinely delighted to have this on my shelves! The writing style is engaging for all levels of reader interest." .... Colleen, Scotland

"Your book is so beautiful and shows so much care and love of subject. It is a real work of art." .... Jane, Texas

"We were thrilled to receive Mark Brazil's beautiful book! Thank you so very much for sending it. I started reading the introduction and the next thing I knew it was a couple of hours later and I was about a third way through it - I just couldn't put it down! It's a really lovely book, so well written yet so easy to read, and he has such a love of nature.".... Marilyn, Australia

"Hisashi Masuda’s artwork is truly beautiful" .... Barbara, Australia

The Nature of Japan

BY ELLIOTT SAMUELS

japan times STAFF WRITER FEB 8, 2014

"The title of longtime Japan Times columnist Mark Brazil’s collection of essays sells itself a little short, for “The Nature of Japan” is less about identifying the web of life that inhabits this archipelago as it is about offering an insightful peek into the Japanese relationship with the great outdoors.

Brazil has interacted with all manner of creatures during copious expeditions across the country over the past 30 years, and he uses all 380 pages of this book to deliver a fascinating account of some of his more memorable experiences. He also discusses certain changes in environmental impact and biodiversity that he has observed, inspiring us to remember that the wildlife around us should not be taken for granted."

Contents

Foreword 

Acknowledgements

Prologue: A brief walk on the wild side

Part 1: In Winter’s Grip

1: Sea Eagle Sunrise

2: Lords of Hokkaido

3: Messengers of the Gods and Mountain Monarchs

Part 2: The Rush of Spring

4: The Shape Shifters

5: Moon, Sun, and Stars!

6: Kimun Kamuy Lord of the Mountains

Part 3: In the Heat of Summer

7: Toki – the Japanese Phoenix

8: Slippers of the Gods

9: Gross Grails and Folk Tails

Part 4: Autumn into Winter

10: Golden Days and Silver Nights

11: Shimobashira, Shika and Shaké 

12: Angels of Winter

Part 5: Endings and Origins

Of Cherry Blossoms and Concrete

© 2016 Mark Brazil & Chris Cook

Last updated: 20160724