Japan's popular insects

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The Japanese, both young and old, tend to admire insects. Boys in particular are especially fascinated by them. Insects are seen by them almost as a kind of miniature heroes. They are really popular with kids!

There is a great hobby among children which is hunting insects. They own equipment, and it was this hobby that gave rise to the Pokemon franchise games. In today's article, we are going to know some insects that are very popular in Japan and also why they are.

Cicada - Semi

If you are a foreigner and you are in Japan during the summer period, you may be faced with a sound that is quite unpleasant for human ears. Who usually causes this unpleasant sound is the cicada, which is usually called by the Japanese as "bee knees". She is popular due to her singing during the summer and has become a symbol of this season. In Japan, there are over 350 different species of cicada. They can be found in the most diverse places, singing their songs in the summer, even in the center of big cities like Tokyo.

Beetles - Kuwagata

Many Japanese children often catch beetles in Japan for "fun". Making beetles one of the most popular “pets” in Japan. The Japanese name KUWAGATA comes from the stylized horns of a samurai helmet, which makes the insect popular. As they are small insects and therefore take up little space in Japanese homes, they can be found in numbers in houses. If for some reason you are in Japan and decide to go after beetles in Japan, you can find around 40 varieties of beetles in Japan!


Firefly - Hotaru

Fireflies are very popular in early July and it marks the period of change from spring to summer. These insects are almost like a lantern illuminating the night sky and are admired for their fragility and short-lived beauty, much like cherry blossoms in spring.

Dragonfly - Tonbo

One of the reasons dragonflies are popular in Japan is that since the time of the samurai they were known as katchimushi (victory bugs) because they can only fly forward without retreating. This made them a popular symbol and emblem of the samurai, who respected them for always advancing as good samurai did. This is why the samurai wore clothing, weapons and armor in shapes reminiscent of the dragonfly, as this increased their hopes of victory on the battlefield.


Rhinoceros beetle - Kabutomushi

This beetle is popularly known as the "King of insects". Your name kabutomushi by itself already tells us everything about the insect. KABUTO is the Japanese word for samurai helmet, and MUSHI means insect, so the literal meaning is "insect samurai helmet". Interesting, no!? These insects are well known for their strength and power. Its popularity grows more and more, due to its presence in anime, movies, advertisements and television for years. Many children in Japan take these beetles to breed and have fun. If you are in Japan and want to have this “PET”, you will have to pay between 600 to 1000 yen.

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