Cicada Spotting

Large Brown Cicada

I finally managed to find a cicada to post a picture of! While cicadas are all over the temple grounds, it’s hard to track one down for a picture if there are too many in one place or if they are in really thick trees. Fortunately, this guy was relatively secluded, and more importantly, very loud. This type of cicada is called aburazemi in Japanese. The general word for cicada is semi and another word is added on like a pre-fix to specify what kind of cicada. My personal favorite is the minminzemi, I’ve only heard them once so far this summer and I haven’t heard one at Ninna-ji yet. I’ll keep an ear out!

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