They say in Japan that a giant catfish lives under the archipelago, and that his movements are the cause earthquakes. They say in Japan that rabbits live on the Moon, where they pound mochi. They say in Japan that the fox transhapes into a woman to seduce and lure lost and unlucky travellers... These three tales from the japanese folklore are just a very small part of the very deep relationship between Japanese and animals. The success of Tamagochi, Pokémon or Nintendogs are a great example of that fondness for animals, even when they’re only virtual.

That story with animals started during a trip in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku. It was during a walk in that provincial town, far way from Tokyo’s turmoil, that I noticed how much animals are ubiquitous. I didn’t realise it at first, because it is a subtle presence, which reveals itself little by little –like lighting a candle in a dark room-  to anyone who’s ready to see.