- Japan's Emerald Dream
launchpad (n.): a platform from which a rocket or missile is launched.
designate (v.): give a specific status, role, or title to someone/something
aristocrat (n.): someone of the upper class of society
demand (n.): amount of a product or service that consumers want to buy/receive.
rot-proof (adj.): doesn’t easily go bad or deteriorate over time.
logging (n.): cutting down and processing of trees (usually for industrial purposes)
take in (v.): look at and appreciate the view (usually of something beautiful)
that being said: used to introduce a contrasting or differing statement
speaking of: used to switch to a related topic or subject
subspecies (n.): a group within a species (type of animal/plant) that has specific characteristics
blend into (v.): look like part of the environment (camouflage); feel like part of a group (social)
flora (n.): all plant life (often in a particular location) ßà fauna (n.): all animal life
tree stump (n.): the remaining part of a tree that has been cut down (i.e. base and roots)
fern (n.): a type of low plant with feathery leaves (JPN: shida)
rhododendron (n.): a type of flowering bush with colorful flowers (JPN: shakunage)