A time-lapse camera located in Nagano PrefectureUniversity of Tokyo
How much time have you looked at forests?
While we are going about our daily lives, the same time flows in the forest as well and various events are occurring there. This means that we haven't seen most of the time flows in forests. So, let's put a camera in a forest.
Cameras and microphones by the Cyberforest Project in the UTokyo Fuji Iyashinomori WoodlandUniversity of Tokyo
The camera continues to observe every event in the forest. Whether it's a rainy day, a windy day, or of course a sunny and calm day, it will always keep on going.
What kind of forest image will these faithful "forest cameras" show us?
When we visit a forest, we tend to feel as if the forest is there for us. However, the forest camera tells us that it is actually a home for various animals.
Stairs to a site of Cyberforest in the UTokyo Chichibu ForestUniversity of Tokyo
The forest presented to us by the camera is indeed a real event. However, we do not see it directly, but through the forest camera.
Another real forest created by a "forest camera" is the Cyberforest. There, we will get a glimpse of the unknown nature.
The forest shows quite a different appearance depending on the year. The beech tree in Chichibu shown in this video bloomed a lot in 2000, but did not bloom at all in 2002.
Cherry blossom trees targeted for photography by Cyberforest in the UTokyo Chichibu ForestUniversity of Tokyo
Through the Cyberforest, we can see that the timing of the blooming of cherry blossoms, a familiar springtime feature for us, also varies depending on the year.
The Real Nature Beyond the Internet
You can access Cyberforest from anywhere at any time through your PCs, tablets, and smartphones in your hand. If you try to observe the full bloom of cherry blossoms for more than 20 years, you can see the relationship between the annual temperature.
Workshop using fixed-point images in Nagano PrefectureUniversity of Tokyo
It is not often that children and even adults have the opportunity to see the true nature directly. The Cyberforest invites you to a profound learning opportunity - an encounter with the unknown nature.
Photo: Kazuhiko W. Nakamura, and The Cyberforest's archive at UT Chichibu Forest.
Video: The Cyberforest's archive at UT Chichibu Forest.
Producer: Kaoru Saito, Akio Fujiwara, Kazuhiko Nakamura
Editor: Kazuhiko W. Nakamura