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Insects and bugs in Japan

In Japan, there are four seasons and the land has a wide variety of nature, including some interesting insects and bugs – some of which are endemic species to Japan.

In this blog for Japanese learners, one of the Japanese teachers Sayuri Itaya writes a particularly charming species found in her native Hokkaido.

The blog teaches you some new Japanese vocabulary as well something about the country's fascinating insect world. Read this blog and also study some of the new Kanji and listen to the video attached that gives you a chance to learn how to speak Japanese fluently.



By ITAYA Sayuri






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Where I live in Hokkaido, when October comes around, the trees are completely full of autumn colours, and we can enjoy the scenery. And as fall draws to a close, a mysterious bug covered in white fluff starts to fly lightly around. This bug is called a 'Yukimushi'.

According to Wikipedia, the formal Japanese name for the 'Yukimushi' is Todonone Oowata Mushi (Scientific name: Prociphilus oriens). Usually it is an aphid without wings. From spring to autumn it does not have any wings. But before they hibernate, some adults with wings are born and they take off from the 'Todo Matsu' trees (Scientific name: Abies sachalinensis) where they had been living until then and spawn in the 'Yachidamo' trees (Scientific name: Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica). So we can observe them in the middle of this house moving.

The body length of these 'Yukimushi' is about 5 millimeters long, they are so small and their power of flight is weak, so they are blown by the wind and fly so airily that it looks almost as if snow has started to fall.

One or two weeks after the 'Yukimushi' have flown, the first snow of the season often falls so that their arrival is also called the first sign of the changing of the seasons, and they are also known as winter fairies. They are called 'Yukimushi' in Hokkaido, but their name differs depending on the region. If you are interested in them, please look them up.

雪虫 【ゆきむし】 =トドノネオオワタムシ 

紅葉 【こうよう】 (1) autumn colours; fall colors; leaves changing color (colour)

景色 【けしき】 scenery; scene; landscape

綿毛 【わたげ】 down; fuzz; fluff

不思議 【ふしぎ】 wonderful; mysterious ; strange

虫 【むし】 insect; bug;

フワフワ light; airy; fluffy

正式名 【せいしきめい】  formal name

アブラムシ aphid; plant louse

越冬 【えっとう】 passing the winter; hibernation

成虫 【せいちゅう】 (n,adj-no) imago; adult (insect)

トドマツ (木の名前)Abies sachalinensis

飛び立つ 【とびたつ】 to fly away; to take off

ヤチダモ (木の名前) Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica

産卵 【さんらん】 egg-laying; spawning

引っ越し 【ひっこし】 moving (dwelling, office, etc.); changing residence

最中 【さいちゅう】 in the middle of

目撃 【もくげき】 witnessing; observing; sighting

体長 【たいちょう】 length (of an animal); body length

初雪 【はつゆき】 first snow (of season)

訪れ 【おとずれ】 (1) visit; call; (2) arrival (e.g. of winter)

告げる 【つげる】 (1) to tell; to inform; to announce; (2) to indicate; to signal; to mark

風物詩 【ふうぶつし】 thing that reminds one of a particular season

とも also (called)

妖精 【ようせい】 fairy

地方 【ちほう】 district; region; area; locality

によって異なる 【によってことなる】 to differ depending on ...

興味 【きょうみ】 interest (in something); curiosity (about something)


Hajimemashite, everyone. My name is Itaya Sayuri. I live in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Sapporo is a really liveable city because, although we have a lot of snow in the winter, the summers are much cooler than other areas of Japan. Apart from teaching Japanese, I also hope to let everyone know about Sapporo, its beautiful nature and delicious food.
I play volleyball once or twice a week for my health and play golf on occasion. I also love watching movies.
Do you think the Japanese language is difficult? Well, come and enjoy studying with me in our online Japanese classroom?don't worry about making mistakes and just try to speak up as much as possible. I think this is the secret to success in Japanese. Ganbare!

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