Shichijuni-kou (72 Seasons) Calendar Listing
初秋, Shoshu: "Early Autumn"
Season No. 13: 立秋: Risshu
"The Start Of Autumn"
|Two aburazemi cicadas locked in a mating embrace (Izumo, Shimane, 2014).|
(August 12 -August 16)
|An aburazemi taking in the view of the Hirata River from a sakura tree (Hikone, Shiga).|
"Now look at me
In a fine summer robe
A cicada kimono."
|An aburazemi (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata) enjoys a moment of quiet repose (Toride, Ibaraki, 2010).|
|A cicada serenades me on my patio at night, confused by my kichen light.|
Japan has several species of cicada but the most common seems to be the large navy blue aburazemi cicada (pictured above). This particular species is also the most photogenic, since most of my shots are of them. Their clicking, spinning song is the quintessential theme of summer; it's one of those sounds that makes you feel hot when you hear it instead of cool. The annoying pitch and painful decibel level (over 90 dB) of an aburazemi song just adds to the misery of a pounding, overheated head. And just when you think one is enough, walk down the streets of Shinjuku, Tokyo on any hot August day and the noise is literally deafening!
|An irridescent, greenish higurashi cicada on a signpost in downtown Shinjuku, Tokyo (2002).|
|A sticky, brand-new cicada emerges from its old self (Keyaki no Michi Park, Hikone, Shiga).|
One helpful word: earplugs. ;-) Good night from Japan.