Cicada as Japanese culture
- Over thirty species of cicadas live in Japan and almost everywhere in Japan, cicadas sing their songs in summer, even in downtown of Tokyo or Osaka. So cicada-songs are very familiar to Japanese people.
- Their songs are the symbol of hot summer season and used in many movies, TV dramas and TV commercials to express summer or its hotness.
- The movie, "Semi Shigure" (based on a novel by Shuhei Fujisawa), whose English title is "The Samurai I Loved", and a TV production of the story was called "Love And War Of A Samurai", cicada-songs are used as a symbol of the scene that the hero carried his father's dead body on cart in hottest summer. "Semi Shigure" means the situation that many cicadas' song/chorus come down from high trees as if rainy shower fall from high. "Shigure" means scattered showers.
- In Japan, we can buy some insects, for example, Kabuto-mushi (beetles), Kuwagata-mushi (stag beetles) and Suzu-mushi (bell crickets) etc. in shops. Boys love Kabuto-mushi and Kuwagata-mushi for pets; and many people love Suzu-mushi's song. Though we can not buy cicadas in shops, many Japanese boys collect/hunt them. Cicada-hunting is one of the most popular play of boys in summer holidays in Japan.
This is Japanese culture.
Last Modified: May 23, 2008
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