This richly illustrated guide is the first comprehensive and accessible introduction to the extraordinary natural history of the Japanese archipelago. It explains how Japan's geology, geography, climate, seas and currents have forged conditions supporting a diverse range of species – from cranes, bears, eagles and monkeys to plants, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and snakes – many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Engaging and authoritative, Japan: The Natural History of an Asian Archipelago is a must-have for anyone who wants to explore or learn about Japan's natural wonders, from the Japanese Macaque – the famous snow monkeys – to the magnificent Steller's Eagle.
Mark Brazil is a naturalist, international wildlife expedition leader and natural history author who specializes in Japanese wildlife and lives in Hokkaido, Japan. His books include Birds of Japan, The Nature of Japan, Wild Asia and Birds of East Asia.