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Tara Tiger Brown Ⓥ  Tokyo Resident 📍 Mom ❤️ Vegan Ⓥ Forest Bather 🌲 Community Scientist 🐻🌱 Technologist 🤖 Canadian 🇨🇦 Californian 🇺🇸 #yourdailytree #moretreesplease

Hugging trees 🤗🌲 is scientifically good for you so go hug a tree and give a high five to that tree hugger you’ve been mocking since college because they know what’s up.
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I recently interviewed Dr. Li who has been researching the positive 😊🌲physiological and psychological effects of spending time amongst trees for more than a decade. I’ll be posting the interview on my tree newsletter this week.
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#fujifivelakes #foresttherapy #shinrinyoku #japan

I wish for you all to have a wonderful #Caturday! 💫
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#wishbear #carebears #blackcatsofinstagram #vincentblack #catsinhats

Sean and Minoru performed their first show together as #D5K and it was SO GOOD! I can’t wait for the ep and their next show.

I love this house wallpapered in plants. The few times I have passed by it a lady in a pink smock was tending to her plants in the little space in front. I wonder how she manages these vines because she didn’t seem too mobile. Related, my husband complained about the very tall lemongrass plants that I grew in our driveway to mitigate the mosquitoes; he says it’s like walking through a jungle. I call that a challenge. You think that’s a jungle, Sean??!! 🌿🌿🌿🍃🌿☘️🍂🍂☘️

Back to the grind. Finally!!! 😆 He was a bit nervous this morning but nothing like last year. One year ago he didn’t know a single kid and I didn’t know a single parent. This year we both saw and smiled at many familiar faces and were instantly at ease. Rips preferred to sit with a friend on the bus so I had a chance to meet a new parent. The best moment was when we found his class line up and one of the kids reached out to hold his hand in line. My heart burst! Not to mention his teacher is very sweet. It’s going to be a good year for Rips. #ce2 #3rdgrade #aefe #grateful #フランス

Ripley misses vegan cooking class at his school in Los Angeles, so we brought vegan cooking class to our place. He and Natsuki are making peanut butter banana chocolate chip muffins. We discussed egg replacers and how to make a chemical reaction with baking soda and vinegar.

Ripley soldered up this little @sparkfun synthesizer kit inspired by the Atari Punk Console. He has a knack for figuring out the parts and soldering - we think it’s like a puzzle to him and there’s probably a relation to his love for building in Minecraft and LEGO. I have a drawer full of kits I never got around to building so he’ll be busy for awhile.
If an 8 year old can be paid as a model or actor, they should be able to get paid to solder if he enjoys it right? He wants to make extra money.

The Japanese micro season or kō for August 13–17 is Evening Cicadas Sing (寒蝉鳴 Higurashi naku).
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If you have never heard cicadas then let me tell you that these guys can sure get loud. I went for a walk and wandered into a park where the sounds of cicada farts drowned out the construction workers, the scratch of the grounds keeper’s broom and even on the highest headphone volume setting I couldn’t hear Stephen King tell me all the miserable writing mistakes to avoid.
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This is the first time I’ve seen a cicada with this blue color, it makes it look almost as pretty as a dragonfly. I found many empty cicada bodies so I guess they got too big for their cases and molted.
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Sound on to hear their mating call and swipe for more pics.
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#japan🇯🇵 #japantravel #ko #microseasons #season #tokyo #shibuya #park #midori #cicada #insects #cicadas

Ripley’s first soldering project! This is a 5 hour build (#Safecast bGeigie nano). Go big or go home. #DadCamp #DIY Photo by @xseanbonner

For Obon we had a little ceremony to remember family and friends that have passed on including Joseph Bonner. My Dad. Sean’s Aunt Ilene. Grama and Grampa Brown. Grama and Grampa Garner. Sean McCabe. Candice and Owen. Paige.
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It’s #Obon week in Japan. Many get the time off to go home and honor their ancestors so it’s pretty quiet usually (or at least a little quieter in Tokyo) except when the celebrations are underway.
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We make horses from cucumbers and cows from eggplant with disposable chopsticks for legs and place them outside our door (or at an altar) along with incense.
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Today the horses bring our ancestors quickly and in a couple days the cows take them back to their spirit plain slowly so they can hang around as long as possible and also can haul any gifts you leave for them (eggplants are sold out — eep!)
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The incense shows them the way between our world and the spirit world so they don’t get lost.
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Some also make lanterns and leave them at their ancestors’ graves (which they cleaned) or float on a river.

Here is my collection of bear warning signs during the road trip between Prince George and Prince Rupert, British Columbia with my Mom and Rips. We saw quite a bit of black bear scat but only saw one bear during the trip (the video is on the last slide). The little guy sure was a highlight! 🐻
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#britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #bctourism #explorebc #hellobc #explorecanada #roadtrip2018 #summer2018 #summer2018🌞 #bcphotography #goingwest #wilderness #gooutdoors #travelnorthernbc #blackbear #bear #wildlife #wildlifevideos #wildlifevideo #bcwildlife #beware

On our final day we went to Forests For The World. The air was thick with smoke from all the wildfires in the surrounding area so we didn’t stay outside for very long. There were hundreds of baby frogs hopping across the trails which was a delight to see. I can’t remember the last time I saw a frog in LA. I have seen them in the Japan countryside.
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#princegeorge #princegeorgebc #britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #explorebc #explorebcparks #hellobc #treefrog #frogsofinstagram #forests #forestsfortheworld #forest🌲 #lakes

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