This is a typical habitat for tanukis, called "satoyama"; from near to far, you can see rice paddies, plum trees, Cryptomeria japonica trees (afforestation), and bamboo bushes. Deciduous and evergreen hardwoods, such as oaks and pasanias, can be seen on the ridge. satoyama

Rice paddies with water right before planting. Frog calls are non-stop at night; soon, numerous tadpoles can be seen in the water.
The nursing time for Tanukis coincides with the time for flooding rice paddies. The rice paddies at this time have a lot of worms, amphibians, and crustaceans, which are great food for tanukis.

Rice paddies after harvest. Tanukis are seldom seen in such an open area. They use bush along the river and irrigation gutters for movement, not seen by people during the night. winter

A den site on ridge. A tanuki with radiocallor stayed in this hole. Hard to detect its signals because he was underground and the openings faced only one direction. den

Old-fashioned way to dry harvested rice. Tanukis like the forest edge near paddy fields with earth irrigation channels. after harvest

An opening of tunnel in bush, probably used by tanukis.

Narrow wetland surrounded by coppices on hills. One of the typical landscapes of satoyama.

Ume blossoms (Japanese apricot). Japanese white-eye, one of the smallest birds in Japan, often feeds on the blossoms.

Lotus pond lotus pond

A trail used by wildlife, including tanuki. Such trails are used by several species, sometimes by birds like cooper pheasant. tanukimichi

Snowscape. Tanukis in Japan do not hibernate. However, they often stay in den sites during cold days. snowscape