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June 15 – Kowai

こわい, kowai is Japanese for scary. Not to be confused with かわいい, kawaii, cute. Sometimes I have to ask to make sure I heard the word correctly. Sometimes there no doubt such word was used. When referring to these:


the word is kowai. Scary. Mukade. Ugh. I hate these things. In some ways they still scare the crap out of me. In some ways, they’re no big deal…just part of life in the inaka. When you open the front door and one falls on your arm, as this one did, it scares the crap out you. Sets the heart racing and the adrenaline pumping.

Definitely こわい.

May 27 – Tiny Babies

I found a tiny baby crawling on the curtain beside my desk today. I convinced it to crawl onto a piece of paper so I could take it outside and when I watched it crawl onto a leaf, I saw another tiny baby, so of course I grabbed my camera. No matter how many times I see them, there’s something about tiny mantis babies. They’re so cute.


And, as a bonus, check out what I won from a claw machine:


Day 298 – It’s Still Bug Season

The air may be getting cooler, but my kids are still out catching bugs every chance they get. This afternoon, one of them stopped by my window to show me the “baby kamakiri” he caught. I had no idea what he was talking about until I got a look inside his bug box.


Apparently, kamakiri is Japanese for mantis. I wouldn’t call this Inge a baby either. It wasn’t as big as some I’ve seen, but not as small as some babies I’ve seen.

Day 252 – Cleaning Time

One of the things I really like about the Japanese educational system is the fact that there are no janitors. Students, teachers and staff are responsible for keeping the school and grounds clean. My area of responsibility is sweeping the hallway downstairs.

Today, while sweeping in front of the book shelves, I found this with one leg stuck under a book:


I don’t know how long it was there, but long enough that it was dead. I was still impressed by how big it was.

Day 240 – Frogs

Normally this time of year means a constant battle to keep the spiders away from our front door. Above the door is way too close to being inside and they can’t live there. This year it’s been exceptionally wet, so we have about a dozen frogs living outside the door and they eat the spiders and bugs. And they’re cute. And they live in the pepper plants. This is the little guy that was in the plant when I got home today.


Tiny. Cute. Sings with a huge voice. Eats bugs and spiders. I love them.

June Round Up

Just a little bit of what we’ve been up to in June. Sorry for the lack of posting.

Next up: postcards, rock gardens, and more randomness.