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Sakura

This picture shows just how beautiful it is right now.  There are some trees that are nearly in full bloom, but most are still just starting out.  Next week, the trees will be in full bloom.  It’ll be great for pictures!

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It’s sakura time!

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Giant grasshoppers of Japan

This morning, on my way to work, I encountered this little guy:

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Holy crap! It’s huge!

It was a grasshopper, and boy was it ever big.  It was about 4 or 5 cm long!  I’d never seen a grasshopper that big before.  I’ve mentioned before that Japan has a lot of large, creepy animals.  I just hope I don’t run into a Huntsman spider.

Anyway, Exploring Gifu will be coming tomorrow night.

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2012 Picture of the Week (42/52) – Signs of fall

Japan is very well known for its colourful foliage in autumn.  Although places like Canada have already changed colour, here in the Kanto area of Japan, we still have mostly green trees.  In fact, most trees will stay green until sometime in November.  Japanese maple trees are famous for their bright yellow, orange, and red leaves, but that’s not until December.  But now, the ginkgo trees are slowly changing to a light green, while the cherry trees are showing some red leaves.  This is a picture of Kirihara Park with its many cherry trees beginning to change colour.

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These cherry trees are showing new colour.

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That’s not a mouse, it’s a…holy $&!#!!

One day about three years ago, I came home from work, and I noticed a grey thing moving along the ground below the stairs to the second floor.  I thought it was a mouse.  I went down to take a look and noticed that it wasn’t a mouse, it was a spider!  Its legspan was around 15 cm!

A few months later, I was walking home from the supermarket when I saw this thing running across the road, straight for my feet.  I nearly stepped on it.  It was another one of those humongous spiders!

So, what is it?  It’s a huntsman spider.  These spiders are not native to Japan, but were introduced accidentally.  They’re not dangerous to people, but will bite if provoked.  They are quite beneficial, actually.  They eat cockroaches.

For the record, I can’t stand spiders.

Have you ever seen one?

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2012 Picture of the Week (24/52) – Red dragonfly

On Friday, my wife and I went walking around Shonan Lifetown, which isn’t very far from where we live, and we went to some parks.  In one park, we saw a very interesting insect.  I’ve seen plenty of dragonflies, but never a red one before.  Take a look.

Ready for takeoff!

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2012 Picture of the Week (23/52) – Swallow’s nest

At this time of year, swallows are nesting under overhangs and raising their chicks. Many stores will place umbrellas under the nests to catch their droppings. They aren’t considered a nuisance. They’re a welcome sight in spring, and many people like to take their picture. This picture is a bit dark and grainy, unfortunately. I had to zoom in and it wasn’t very bright where the nest is.

The swallows nested next to a restaurant by the train station. It was feeding the chicks at this time.

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