Kotori no Mori (Forest for Birds): 1 May, 2011

Koji Nagahata

The entrance of the Kotori no Mori
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Tit Alley (A walking course where tits frequently sing)
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This forest have been maintained as a satoyama style forest: for example,volunteers cut bottom weed, sweep up fallen leaves, make charcoal from the woods of this forest, and so on. The principle of maintaining this forest is making the forest where people, animals and plants live together.
The soundscape of this forest was selected as "Conserving 100 Soundscapes in Japan."
According a ranger of this forest, both quantity and variety of species of birds in this forest are unchanged compared to usual years.
During Golden Week Holidays in usual years, Many families with childlen (especially elementary school children) go to this forest to enjoy nature. However, few people go to this forest this year. One of the main reasons can be many elementary schools and junior high schools restrict students to play outdoor in order to prevent them from radioactive exposure.
Rachel Carson in her book Silent Spring (1962) described a world where birds did not sing because of chemical pollutions. In reality in Fukushima, people, instead of birds, do not sing and speak in the forest because of the radioactive pollution. - This is the "real silent spring".

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