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Crows in Tokyo!
And that's the thing. There are more crows here than any other kind of bird -- maybe 150,000. Crows, unlike wild birds, are synathropes. They aggressively live off of what humans provide, namely, garbage. They are twice as big as their American counterparts, and are pack savvy. Their jutting foreheads makes one think there's something like a neocortex going on here. Hitchcock was definitely on to something. If this were Los Angeles or New York, though, there would be hundreds of millions of them, not hundreds of thousands. Japan is far more fastidious about garbage than we are.
I also walked around Nakano getting my bearings. There’s a pre-school directly outside my window on the second floor. It's lovely to watch toddlers racing around the courtyard, being ferried around in wagons, or led across the street in groups organized by hat color. Crows and people alike are very organized in Japan.
Large-billed Crow, Tokyo, Japan.|
Michael Cornelius 30 October 2008