Satoyama is often used as a key word for nature conservation in Japan. It's an environment in between wild mountains and human settlements, where people used to go in daily life. So the Satoyama environment is created by human activities, such as cutting firewood, getting materials for thatched roof and growing mushrooms. And when we consider nature conservation and environmental education today, we tend to think back the connection we had with nature through the use of Satoyama.
So I am quite often asked to illustrate Satoyama environment. And this spring, since this is my first spring in Japan for the last few years, I was determined to sketch the scenery and wildlife there!