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March 25, 2014

Some cicada books from Japan

Filed under: Books,Japan — by @ 4:04 am

Every now and then I treat myself to a cicada book from Japan. Cicadas are called semi in Japan, which seems to be spelled セミ or 蝉. Enter セミ or 蝉 into the Amazon.co.jp search box and you’ll find a bunch of cicada books (amongst other things).

I’ve already written about Dr. M. Haysashi and Dr. Yasumasa Saisho‘s fantastic The Cicadidae of Japan book. Here are some others:

セミ観察記 (写真絵本 ぼくの庭にきた虫たち):

This book features huge photos of cicadas through all phases of their lives. It also features diagrams of their lifecycle and underground tunnels.

A Cicada Book from Japan

セミ・カメムシの仲間 (海野和男のワクワク虫図鑑):

Only the first eleven pages of this book are about cicadas, but they are excellent, featuring large photos of common cicadas. The book features two pages that match nymph exoskeletons to adult cicadas.


And Another Cicada Book from Japan

セミの一生 (科学のアルバム):

This book also features many large photos of cicadas throughout their life cycle. The photos of eggs and first instar nymphs are particularly nice.

Another Cicada Book from Japan

Note that these books are not written in English.

2 Comments »

  1. You are right Dan- this book is a stunner!! Yasumasa’s photos are really professional and magnificent (even if I can’t read Japanese!)

    Comment by david emery — March 25, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

  2. Indeed, there is a lot of cicada books in Japan.

    The content (text and pictures) of “The cicadidae of Japan” is excellent. But anyone who wants to buy it must to hurry, because it seems that this book will be soon out of stock.

    Comment by Jan Furansowa — March 26, 2014 @ 9:22 am

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