Cicada’s Cry

We have been talking about poetic names and the sounds of the Japanese summer.  The Japanese cicada or semi are a ubiquitous part of the soundscape in summer.  Different species, I guess hatch at different times so there are different songs throughout the summer.

I remember trying to fall asleep in Kyoto and the semi being so loud that one night I opened my window and shouted “SHUT UP” at the semi and it got quiet for about ten or 15 seconds, then quietly, “meep, meep, meep, Meep,.Meep, MEEP, MEEP” louder and louder again.


There are some that sound like rain showers:  Semi shigure


But sometimes they just sing in the evening with an evocative song:


And this one sounds very sad or plaintive

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