2018 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 2nd prize

Sacred No More


Jasper Doest

31 July, 2017

On their family farm in Ōmachi-shi, Nagano, Japan, Mr Nishizawa and his wife defend against daily monkey foraging raids with a homemade fireworks shooter.

In recent years, the Japanese macaque, best known as the snow monkey, has become habituated to humans. As the range of the macaque habitat expands from mountain areas to subalpine and lowland regions, the animals have lost their fear, have taken to raiding crops, and are often seen as pests. Despite macaques being officially protected in Japan since 1947, some local laws allow them to be tamed and trained for the entertainment industry. Once considered sacred mediators between gods and humans, monkeys in Japan also came to be seen as representing dislikable humans, deserving of ridicule. Commercial entertainment involving monkeys has existed in Japan for over 1,000 years.


Jasper Doest

Jasper Doest is a Dutch photographer who works at the intersection between man and the nature while creating visual stories that provide an insight in the non-human lives we shar...

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