The pristine beech forests that spread across the Shirakami and Hakkoda mountain ranges of Aomori Prefecture are a precious natural resource—a place where eternal time quietly flows. On the other side there is the riverbed that flows through the city of Towada, devoid of the scenic beauty of Oirase. There is the nature that integrates with humanity, and the nature that is at its mercy. The forest and the riverbed. In Where I Stand—What Is Nature?, Tsuyoshi Hosokawa presents us with an opportunity to reconsider these two completely different natures.