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What is a leaf miner?


The leaf miner is an insect larva (caterpillar, beetle and weevil larvae etc.) that lives and feeds within a leaf. They burrow or tunnel thin, winding and whitish trails into the leaf, or make whitish or brownish blotches on it.


One day when I was taking a walk near my house, I found leaves which had lots of small round holes on them like lace. And one another leaf had a winding whitish trail on it. It was very beautiful to me. Later I knew these were leaf-miners' works.


An idea just occurred to me.  Can I give its name, leaf miner (happa-no-kofu in Japanese), to our new website?  If a big leafy tree represents the mass media, with it's enormous influence on people's thought, then the leaf miner is the individual whose ideas present little known alternative aspects of our society.  I thought it’s a good name for us, suitable for our conception.


"Happa-no-kofu" would like to meet individual talented and unique persons whose works are not well known, or misunderstood in our society, and would like to create something good together on the web.


Photo by Scot Nelson

Taken on May 30, 2014, Fairbanks, Alaska

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