Nature in Translation is a product of a long journey. Many ­people helped
me to go through the pro­cess of completing this book by providing me
with support, encouragement, and stimulation. My first and foremost
thanks go to all the ­people whom I met during my fieldwork in the ­
Canadian Rockies and follow-up research in Vancouver and Japan. While
I would like to express my sincere thanks to each one of these wonderful
individuals, I should refrain from identifying most of them by name in
order to protect their privacy and maintain confidentiality. I am grate-
ful for their generosity in sharing their experiences and insights, as well
as their wit, humor, and sincerity. In Banff, I would like to thank Bill
Fisher, then superintendent of Banff National Park, for allowing me to
do fieldwork in the park. I also thank Mary Dalman, Heather Dempsey,
Ann Morrow, and Kathy Rettie at Banff National Park, and Shauna Mc-
Garvey and Gord Stermann at the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpreta-
tion Association for their kind support. Bob Sandford also helped me
get oriented to the place and generously shared his insights about the
area. Many thanks to Rebecca Lipes for allowing me to use her won-
derful photo for the cover of this book. She also helped open my eyes
to the delicate detail of the landscape. Ōhashi Kyosen generously spent
time with me and answered my questions.
This book began as a doctoral dissertation in the Anthropology De-
partment at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I was fortunate
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