Mark Brazil

JapanVisitor Appoints Mark Brazil as Writer in Residence

Mark Brazil in his office.

Ever expanding, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mark Brazil as Writer in Residence.

Mark has already been contributing articles to JapanVisitor under the banner Japan Nature over recent months, and in the future will be writing for us about a very much wider range of Japanese subjects including: Japanese culture, iconic locations and regional and local features from the Nansei Shoto to Hokkaido, World Heritage Sites and National Parks.

Mark is a very experienced writer. Some of you may know of him as Wild Watch columnist for The Japan Times, a position he has held for nearly 30 years, delighting readers with his insights on Japan's natural glories.

Mark is also a widely published travel and science author, as well as an editor and lecturer.

Mark contributed to the Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guide to Japan, and his own recent books include Wild Asia, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia and The Nature of Japan.

Mark beside Lake Kussharo in Hokkaido.

Mark has degrees in Biology and English Literature from Keele University, in England, and a PhD in Psychology from Stirling University, in Scotland. Combining interests in writing, culture, travel and the natural world, he is a much sought after lecturer and leader, travelling worldwide from his base in Hokkaido. His association with Japan began in the early 1980s. Since then he has written several books and been involved in the making of many television documentaries.

Mark resides in Hokkaido, Japan's northern island, dividing his time between travelling and writing. When not working he continues to explore Japan, hiking, snowshoeing and skiing whenever possible.

Mark Brazil articles on JapanVisitor - see below

Mark Brazil articles

Japan Geography

Japan Geography
Japan Geology
Japan Climate
Japan Seasons
Japan Weather
Japan’s Rainy Season
Wild Japan I: Japan and its Wild Northern Frontier of Hokkaido
Wild Japan II: On the Fringe of Civilization: Honshu & Kyushu
Wild Japan III: Okinawa: The Little Known Sub-tropical Side
Bamboo in Japan
Omi Watari - the Gods of Frozen Lake Suwa
Soya Misaki, a Cape in Hokkaido
Shukunegi Village on Sado Island
World Heritage Japan: Beginnings and Natural Sites: Yakushima, Ogasawara Islands, Shirakami-sanchi and Shiretoko

Japan Parks and Gardens

Japan Parks and Gardens: Ritsurin-koen, Shikoku
Japan Parks and Gardens: Korakuen Garden Okayama

Japan Natural History

Japan’s Natural History: A List of Articles
The Japanese Macaque
Snow Monkeys of Japan
Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Yaenkoen

Review of Mark Brazil Book

Japan Nature Book Review: Birds of East Asia: Eastern China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Eastern Russia authored by Mark Brazil

Japan Cultural Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan
Cultural Sites I: Buddhist Monuments in the Horyu-ji Temple Area and Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
Cultural Sites II: Nikko Sacred Sites, Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Hiraizumi
Cultural Sites III: Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara
Cultural Sites IV: Himeji-jo, Shirakawa-go & Gokayama, Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), Gusuku Sites & Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu, and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

Japan Artist

Kan Yasuda: Japanese Artist and Sculpture

Japan Food

Japanese Tea
Japanese Food: Mochi Ricecakes

Japan House and Home

Tokonoma Alcove
Genkan Entranceway
Slipper Culture
Kotatsu Table
Tatami Mats
Stepping Stones
Stone Lanterns
Rainchains (Kusari-doi)
Omiyage Giftgiving
Nosaka Pottery
The Sense of Mystery and the Borrowed View
Onsen Hot Spring Bathing Protection Against Snow in Japan: Yuki-gakoi & Yuki-tsuri

Japan Clothing

Haramaki Sash

Japan Popular Belief

Ema Votive Plaque
Maneki Neko Lucky Beckoning Cat
Shinto Mountain Ascetics
Shichifukujin: The Seven Deities of Good Fortune
Senbazuru: One Thousand Cranes

Books on Japan Travel