Cicadas – Symbol of the Japanese Summer

One of our initial impressions of Japan were the loud sounds of the cicadas. Our first couple of days were in the Senri Hankyu Hotel in the suburb of Senri Chuo. It is next to a long bike/running path and the sound was almost deafening. They were all over as well and the kids and I were catching them often and I can see why children here like to hunt them and keep them as temporary pets. In doing some research, I found this highly informative website. It is Japanese here also,. The cicada is known as the semi and they are very common all throughout the country, even in the cities.

There are 35 different species of cicadas in Japan, out of the 2000 worldwide and 650 in south east Asia. If would have known there was such a great website, I would have looked more closely at the cicadas and see how many we could have identified. I will definitely do this next summer and for the rest of the month.



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