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2022.09.16

An entire book dedicated to hair of living beings, The Encyclopedia of Living Beings and Their Hair is now available!

Do sloths grow the snacks they eat with their hair? Do swallowtail butterflies choose where to lay their eggs with their hair? This is an encyclopedia of hair, the very thing that helps living beings to live. This book explores the hair of various living beings, including the hair of humans.

For Those Interested in All Things Concerning Hair




Many living beings from plants, insects, birds to mammals all have hair on their bodies. In this book, “hair” includes the fluff from dandelions, fuzz on honeybees, feathers on penguins, wool on sheep, fur on cats and dogs, and hair on humans.

The Encyclopedia of Living Beings and Their Hair is Japan’s first “hair encyclopedia” that explores the fuzz helping all living beings to live.

There is no other book that contains as much information specifically on hair as this one. The encyclopedia references information from the latest articles, citing valuable research materials. Therefore, we proudly declare that information in the book is accurate. Readers will find much knowledge and information in this book that cannot be found online.

For All Generations, to Learn the Allure and Role of Hair


Starting off with hair, a topic most familiar to human beings, this book explores the amazing “hair” that some living beings possess, the roles that “hair” plays, and the history and evolution of “hair”. It is filled with surprising discoveries that will open your eyes to a whole new world of hair.

This book is the perfect opportunity to learn that hair is not limited to mammals. Plants, insects and crustaceans also have hair (or they have developed organs that play a similar role to hair).

The encyclopedia combines the latest scientific research with playful illustrations. By doing so, it creates an easy-to-follow image of hair and makes it easy for everyone to understand the contents.



While there are many academic books written about human hair and the hair of mammals in general, most of them delve too deep and become too technical. There are almost no general books on hair that children can pick up and read. This encyclopedia, however, is the perfect book for children to learn all about the hair of living beings.

Functions of “Hair”, Described in Chapters




Chapter 1 “Hair Is for Insulation”
It’s common knowledge that hair keeps animals warm, but it also keeps creatures cool from the heat.

Chapter 2 “Hair Protects Us”
Hair can protect against physical attacks, change colors and patterns to blend in with their surroundings, and turn sharp or poisonous to defend against enemies.



Chapter 3 “Hair Can Feel”
Hair is very delicate and sensitive. It can take in all sorts of information for many uses, such as escaping from enemies, catching prey or finding mates.

Chapter 4 “Living with Hair”
Hair takes in the air we breathe and the water we drink, grows and collects food. It is a helpful tool for living.

Chapter 5 “Hair Helps Us Move”
Hair can be waterproof, can stick to walls, and sometimes fly in the air. With the help of hair, you may be able to go anywhere, depending on how you use it.

Chapter 6 “Hair Connects Us”
Hair can be a tool for communication with each other. Want to learn more?

Chapter 7 “Looking at People Through Hair”
What is the deep relationship between people and their hair? This chapter explores human hair.



What Makes This Book Special


1 This book cites the latest scientific research. The information is accurate, without exaggeration. Thus, the book stands out from the other competitors.



2 Enlarged illustrations show the functions and operations of hair in detail.
3 Basic information such as the distribution and classification of living beings that appear in the book are included.
4 Bonus information about hair is also included for those who want to learn more.

Table of Contents





Several samples of the book are available on media platform Note. Zebra-stripe Drives Back an Attack of Horseflies, Hair that Reads the Atmosphere, Sloths Grow Algae on Their Hair as a Snack, Dandelions Increase Their Children with Hair Parachutes and All You Want to Know about Armpit Hair are all available on the website to sample.
(https://note.com/bunichi_books/)

About the Author, Akihiko Hoya

Writer, a PhD graduate from the University of Tokyo, PhD. Akihiko majored in the evolution and ecology of dandelions. He is the author of numerous books in the field of science. His book My Dandelion Research is featured in the middle school textbook New Japanese Language (Tokyo Shoseki Co., Ltd).

Writer’s website (Dandelion Workshop): https://www.hoyatanpopo.com/

Satoshi Kawasaki

Born in Osaka, 1973. In 2001, he started “The Inhabitants of the Old World” (https://paleontology.sakura.ne.jp/), a website featuring his own illustrations of dinosaurs and ancient animals. He works as an illustrator of animals for books, field guides and encyclopedias. Recently, he has been drawing imaginary animals he thinks may have the potential to evolve. He offers illustrations to many books in science.

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