Cicada Season has started in Japan


Japanese cicada exuvia


Yep, in Japan, cicada have come out of the earth, left their nymph skin behind and are now singing their (not so melodious) song everywhere. While in France, the cicada song is somewhat relaxing, or even pleasant at times, I can tell you that in Japan, it’s far from the case (especially when they wake you up at 6am). So right now, between the frogs at night and the cicada during the day, Japanese summer is not exactly a quiet place (at least rainy season is over).


(Yes, I know, there are remains of webs on the cicada exuvia in the picture. It was actually taken in October, on Oshima.)



David Billa

David was born and raised in France. After a few years in the US and then back to his home country, life led him to the shores of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan. After falling in love with the area, he decided to show its beauty and all it has to offer with this blog.

6 Responses

  1. Got to love the end of the rainy season in Japan because its the start of the hot summer and sounds of the Cicada 🙂

  2. Haikugirl says:

    Ah… this makes me miss summer in Japan! Even though it’s ridiculously sweaty and humid, I love the sound of cicadas… 🙂

    • David says:

      Funny, because I don’t mind the heat and the humidity, but the cicada already drive me nuts, especially when they take the initiative to become my alarm clock (usually two-three hours before the time I’m planning on waking up.

  3. Steph says:

    I hadn’t realised they looked like this. Ours are busily singing all night. We had one in the house one night and it was definitely way too close! It woke us all up at different times. The cicada’s singing is one of those things you suddenly notice in about May or so, and then around late September, October, you suddenly realise it’s stopped but I’ve never been able to pinpoint exactly when.

    • David says:

      Well, the picture is the exuvia (shell if you prefer) of a larvae.
      Adults are uglier (and big) and quite different from the French ones, in terms of size, appearance, lifestyle and obnoxiousness (i.e. deafening noise). But the one good thing about them is that they are silent at night (well, as I’m typing these lines I’m hearing one in the distance, but this is not normal)

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