C. W. Nicol
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In 1958 he visited the Arctic Circle to research Eider Duck with Dr Peter Driver of McGill University, taking up Canadian citizenship. By the early 1960s he was studying karate at JKA, and soon thereafter began to study Japanese and Fisheries at Nihon University. He then spent two years (1967 to 1969) as a game warden in Ethiopia, setting up the new Semien Mountains National Park for the Ethiopian Government. He returned to Japan, writing a book about his Ethiopian experiences: From the Roof of Africa (1971).
Since taking up residence in Japan he has written numerous books and other literary works. In 1980 he won the Japan Broadcasting Writer's Award for a television drama written in Japanese. He continued to be an active environmentalist, and to this day he travels in Japan and elsewhere giving talks and lectures about the environment, addressing issues such as deforestation and the preservation of natural environments. He is particularly interested in restoring Japan's vast woodlands, and due to these and other endeavours he is well known in Japan. He now holds Japanese citizenship, which he wrote about in the book Boku ga Nihonjin ni natta riyū ("Why I became Japanese").
The C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland in Kurohime, Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture, was established in 1986.
He has written both fiction and non-fiction books, in both Japanese and in English. His books include books about whaling (for which he went on a trip on a whaling vessel), books about the environment, martial arts and also children's fiction. His books have been translated between English and Japanese, as well as into French, Italian, German, Mongolian, Korean, and Chinese. In 2005, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire.
C.W. Nicol is the Chairman of the Afan Woodland Trust.
Selected list of works
- The White Shaman
- The Boy Who Saw the Wind
- The Raven's Tale
- From the Roof of Africa
- Moving Zen
-  C.W. Nicol Official Homepage
-  Old Nic's Notebook : Japan Times
-  Afan Woodland Trust
-  Short Biography at abcbookworld
-  Ko-e Magazine Interview
-  BBC News: Green mission for karate master
-  Jeffrey Bartholet, He's Big, He's Bad, He's...Japanese? Running wild with C. W. Nicol, proud citizen, silly celebrity, and stubborn environmentalist. Outside,'