My home in the Seattle area had a big yard with lots of grass, tall trees, and an active population of location wildlife making a living or just passing through. I really enjoyed looking out my window to see hawks, deer, raccoons, squirrels, and all manner of birds. It reminds me of where I am, and makes me feel at home.
So I’ve really enjoyed seeing the wildlife in Ogaki, as well. The variety is slightly different than what I’m used to, but the novelty makes the experience even more interesting. So far, I’ve seen all manner of local birds, one tanuki, a potentially poisonous snake, way too many cicadas, and some frogs. It’s been really cool.
Most exciting, however, are the cranes. I associate cranes with Asia, and with good reason. There are no cranes in Seattle. So it’s always startling to see their graceful, white bodies stalking about in the rivers or flying overhead. It reminds me of where I am, and I feel excited at the reminder. Living in Japan everyday, what was once extraordinary eventually becomes mundane. But whenever I see the local wildlife, and especially the cranes, I’m reminded of where I am and the amazing animals I get to encounter in this environment. It makes every day exciting.