C. W. Nicol

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C. W. Nicol
C.W. Nicol - Headshot in Afan Woodland.jpg
BornClive William Nicol
(1940-07-17) 17 July 1940 (age 79)
Neath, Wales, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter, illustrator
CitizenshipCanadian, Japanese
Alma materTokyo University of Science

Clive William Nicol, MBE (Japanese: C・W・ニコル; born 17 July 1940), is a British-born Japanese writer, singer/songwriter, actor and a long-time resident and citizen of Japan.[1]

Early life[edit]

C. W. Nicol was born in Neath, Wales.

He graduated from Tokyo University of Science.


In 1958 he visited the Arctic Circle to research eider duck. He became a Canadian citizen. By the early 1960s he was studying Shotokan karate-Do at the headquarters of the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and studied Japanese and fisheries at Nihon University. He spent 1967 to 1969 as a game warden in Ethiopia, setting up the new Semien Mountains National Park. 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 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 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. The C. W. Nicol Afan Woodland in Kurohime, Shinanomachi, Nagano Prefecture, was established in 1986.

He became a Japanese citizen, which he wrote about in Boku ga Nihonjin ni natta riyū ("Why I became Japanese").

He has written both fiction and non-fiction books, in both Japanese and in English. His subjects include whaling (for which he went on a trip on a whaling vessel), the environment, martial arts and 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 works[edit]

  • The White Shaman
  • Harpoon / Isana
  • The Boy Who Saw the Wind
  • The Raven's Tale
  • From the Roof of Africa
  • Moving Zen: Karate as a Way to Gentleness
  • The White Hippo


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An Interview with C W Nicol". Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2011-09-23.

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