Exploring the sea at the dining table Episode 3

Hello Foldscopers! Do you ever look at algae and think, “That looks yummy”? Well, I do. Maybe not when they are in their raw form, but I certainly do when they arrive at my dining table. I eat all kinds of edible multicellular marine algae (seaweed) on a daily basis. Edible seaweeds play an important…

A copepod waves hello

Hi Foldscopers! Copepod sighting from Kitakyushu, Japan! I would like to share a video of  my friend Blair and I seeing a copepod for the first time on March 25th, 2018 with a Foldscope. I scooped some pond water with a paper cup (reused from picnic lunch) from a lily pond where a few koi fish…

Getting to know my (plant) neighbors Episode 1 – Camellia japonica 椿

Hi Foldscopers! フォールドスコープ探検隊の皆さんこんにちは! I went for a very long walk with a mission, follow a river from the upper watershed all the way down to the mouth. 休日の散歩に、近くを流れる川に沿って上流から河口まで散策しました。 Along the way, I found many kinds of plants, both wild and cultivated. I consider them my neighbors, and I’d like to introduce them to you! And…

Exploring the sea at the dining table Episode 2

Hi Foldscopers, My marine biodiversity exploration at home continues! This is fish scale of Sebastiscus marmoratus, commonly called Marbled rockfish.         In Japanese, it’s called Kasago かさご, but I learned that in the local dialect it’s also called Arakabu あらかぶ. So many names!   This is what the fish looked like on…

What is this critter in the neighborhood urban creek?

Hello Foldscopers! It is cold outside where I am, but if it is a nice sunny day, I like to go for a walk and explore the creeks in my neighborhood. I love creeks. There is something about following the movement of water that calms me down. But if you live in an urban area…

Exploring the sea…at the dining table

Hi there Foldscopers, Hello from Japan! Manu asked me to explore planktons while I’m in Japan visiting family, and I even made my own plankton net a few weekends ago (more on this another day). But I’m finding that the ocean is not as accessible as I had imagined. Why? It’s because the coastline is…

Commuting through the Microcosmos Ep.1

Hello Foldscopers! Do you take the bus or train to school/work/play? If you do, then what do you do to entertain yourself during your commute, especially when you’re traveling solo? I take the public transportation to get around. Which means I have these pockets of time when I just stand and wait for my bus,…