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The min min sound of summer

One of the quintessential Japanese summer sounds is the cicada chorus coming from the greenery of the local park on a hot, humid day.  Ever wondered what the creatures that make that min min sound look like?  I got close enough to a cicada (semi 蝉) to find out that they’re not exactly tiny.  Nor are they the most beautiful of creatures to admire. (more…)

Good behaviour in the park and other signs

It’s the beginning of summer, so what better way to spend a nice balmy evening than the local park?  We all want to let off some fireworks, eat some watermelon and have a BBQ.  But not all parks are friendly towards these activities.  There’s nothing like a good warning sign telling us what to do, and this one comes complete with cute pictures. (more…)

Summer holidays

Why did I get up at 5.30am to be at Narita at 7.30? Because I’m going to Hong Kong for a few days. I’m expecting it to be just as hot as Tokyo, but this week is my week off work, so better make the most of it. Not sure if i’ll blog while I’m away, but I’ll be back to Tokyo on Sunday evening. (more…)

Pet beetle

Hiroto has a big pet beetle. He feeds it apple skins. It’s common for Japanese kids (especially boys) to catch and look after beetles in summer. (more…)

Bunny Show

How good is summer in Tokyo? But they sound like the Chipmunks… (more…)

Meguro natsu matsuri

Stumbled on the Meguro summer festival in Nakameguro on the way home from a friend’s house this evening. Summer in Japan is good fun. (more…)