“Well there are of course some ‘hidden’ bear characters to be found, but not the kind to bother humans” explained Boss Panda. “I do believe there are still black bears who live in the Tanzawa mountains in western Kanagawa prefecture, which is south of Tokyo. They eat pretty much anything and everything, but really love to eat acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts in the autumn before hibernating – however with more cedar and cypress being planted, this has affected where bears can find food.
They hibernate for about four months, making a den in a cave or the hollow of a tree. When they start to stir again in the spring they eat bamboo shoots, bulbs and tubers – and this can cause them to run into people, as many Japanese people do like to forage for the delicacies of the season.”