When I hear this one sound I feel like I have stepped into the anime world! It is the beautiful sound of the cicada.
So what’s there to know about this iconic insect?
- Japanese folk don’t consider that Summer has officially began until they hear the sounds of the cicada’s chirping.
- It is unusual not to hear a cicada in a summer anime scene. Cicada sounds are even used in video games.
- Catching cicadas are a popular past time for children in Japan. Kids love to catch these bugs as it’s always a novelty to hear it start to sing. Cicadas are not commonly sold in Japan so if you want one you need to catch it yourself!
- Antarctica is the only continent that doesn’t have cicadas.
- There are approx 2500 types of cicadas in the world and Japan has 30 of them. However, there are many that are still unclassified.
- The cicada sound that is used in anime is often linked to nostalgia and familiarity.
- Cicadas all have their slightly different sound. The ‘minmin-zemi’s’ song is what you most-likely hear in anime.
- In Latin cicada means tree cricket.
- People find the “Semi Bakudan” freaky. Nothing worse that walking or sitting next to a ‘dead’ cicada it ‘comes to life’ with an all mighty shriek. Another name for this phenomenon is the cicada bomb! You have been warned!
YouTube channel Shmergy has created a video that discusses the significance of of the cicada in anime.
To hear for yourself the different sounds of Japanese cicadas check out the below video.
If you find the sounds of the Japanese summer relaxing you will love these videos I found on YouTube.
I trust you have enjoyed learning about cicadas in Japan.
Do you have cicadas where you live? Do they give you the feeling of summer? Do cicadas give you a feeling of nostalgia? Tell me in the comments section below.
Thanks for reading and watching!