Giovanni Bulian

See the Winds. Practical Dimensions of Weather Forecasting in a Japanese Coastal Community

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Keywords: Japan; Weather Forecasting; Local Knowledge; Environmental Anthropology; Ethno-Metereology.

The article examines how folk methodologies for weather prediction influence small-scale agricultural and fishing activities of a Japanese coastal community. Specifically, the article addresses some anthropological questions on how local fishermen predict the weather by developing two different forecasting practices: "takayama", a practical weather observation technique that combines the observation of the clouds with a traditional nautical technique for orientation at sea and, "okite", a model-based weather prognostication used to forecast long-term weather trends for the following year.

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