Midorigame: Common slider

In Japan,Midorigame are sold in the stall at the festival. They are sold in the pet shop, and kept at a lot of homes. Midorigame in Japanese is called Common slider in English. Common slider of the scientific name is Trachemys scripta.Trachemys means Akamimigame in Japanese. In other words, Midorigame is Akamimigame. Continue reading Midorigame: Common slider

Autumn Darter

Typically red dragonfly refers to dragonfly belonging to Libelluidae Sympetrum,
but in the narrow sense it may point only to Akiakane. It is one of the most of popular dragonflies, and the name means of color and is found in fall. Other names of red dragonfly are Akanetonbo, Akane, Akanenba and Akatonbou. It is also called Tougarashitoubo and Kaminaritonbo in Tohoku. Continue reading Autumn Darter

Cabbage butterfly

Cabbage butterfly can be compared to other butterflies such as swallow tail etc. Swallow tail is bigger than cabbage butterfly, length is 80~120mm. Cabbage butterfly is about 55mm. Swallow tail is green, yellow and black spots color while cabbage butterfly is wing color is white but reverse side is thin black color. Front wing point is black and front wing and back wing have two black spots. Their eyes have compound eyes and heads have club feeler. Continue reading Cabbage butterfly

Wild boar

Wild boar is classified as Vertebrata Mammalia Artiodactyla Suidae Sus Scrofa. And they are one of popular mammals in Japan. They have 16 kinds in world, for example, “Babyrousa” which lives in Indonesia Sulawesi; “Phacochoerus” which called “Iboinosisi” in Japan, which lives in Africa and “Sus” is group which belong Wild boar. They are the ancestors of pig, so their character is similar. In Japan, two kinds boars exist, “Japanese wild boar” (S. scrofa leucomystax) lives in Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. “Ryukyu wild boar” (S. scrofa riukiuanus ) which is called Yamashisi or Yamanshi- lives in Ryukyu Islands. Continue reading Wild boar

Chrysanthemum (mum)

Chrysanthemum (mum) in Japanese is “kiku”. And it has flower’s name “nobie”. It is a taxon of plantae magnoliophyta magnoliopsida asteraler asteraceae chrysanthemum cherysanthemum ×morifolium and this is very beautiful flower what has a variety colors…white , yellow, red, purple, peach, for example. It is a popular flower in Japan. Continue reading Chrysanthemum (mum)


Insects are many many species, for example butterfly, moth, dragonfly etc. Mantises belong to the class insect. We think they evolved from cockroaches. They have scythe and are oviparous. Their head is triangle with compound eyes. Feelers are two and short. Also they have wings– there are front wing and back wing. The back wing is thin and clear. Ground mantises are degenerate and they can not fly. They menace to other animals. Continue reading Mantis

Ajisai: Hydrangea

Hydrangea means container of water. Hydrangea (Japanese name is Ajisai)is a general term for Plantae Hydrangeae Hydrangea. Generally what is planted is Hydrangea macrophylla f. hortensia.(Seiyou Ajisai).Seiyou Ajisai is garden variety of Hydrangea macrophylla (Gaku Ajisai).

Height of tree is 1 to 2 meters. Leaf color is lucid pale green and leaf vein can b clearly seen. Leaf shape is ovoid with serration. Generally Hydrangea blooms from June to July. It is said to be an ornamental flower. Also, stamen and pistil are in devolution (Neutral flower). What seems petal is calyx. Regarding Gaku Ajisai ornamental flower blooms around crowding neutral flower. But regarding Seiyou Ajisai almost all flowers are ornamental flower.

Flower color change gradually due to anthocyanin–a blue, violet, or red flavonoid pigment found in plants–which is affected by acidity of soil, amount of aluminum ion, and the number of days from bloom. Generally it is said that if acidity of soil is high the color of flower is blue if acidity of soil is low the color of flower is red. But acidity of soil is only one factor of change color of flower out of many. While the start color is blue which changes gradually to red, there are some cases that the color of flower is green. There are garden variety what has green flower. But some of the flowers are parasitized by phytoplasma, this is an untreatable disease for now.

Hydrangea contains poison. If one eats it, one suffer from poisoning. A symptom is hyper ventilation, excitation, walk with a tottering, convulsion, paralysis. There are some cases that through these symptoms and die. It is concluded that these symptoms factor is glycoside. But recently it is concluded that causative agent is not glycoside but another agent.

Hydrangeas are popular ornamental plant, grown for their large flower heads, with Hydrangea macrophylla being by far the most widely grown with over 600 named cultivars, many selected to have only large sterile flowers in the flower heads. Some are best pruned on an annual basis when the new leaf buds begin to appear. If not pruned regularly, the bush will become very leggy, growing upwards until the weight of the stems is greater than their strength, that point the stems will sag down to the ground and possibly break. Other species only flower on ‘old wood’. Thus new wood resulting from pruning will not produce flowers until the following season.

In Japan, ama cha, meaning sweet tea, is another herbal tea made from Hydrangea serrata, whose leaves contain a substance that develops a sweet taste (phyllodulcin). For the fullest taste, fresh leaves are crumpled, steamed, and dried, yielding dark brown tea leaves. Ama-cha is mainly used for kan-butsu-e (the Buddha bathing ceremony) on April 8 every year. the day thought to be Buddha’s birthday in Japan. Ama-cha is poured over a statue of Buddha in the ceremony and served to people in attendance. A legend has it that on the day Buddha was born, nine dragon poured Amalita over him; ama-cha is substituted for Amalita in Japan.

If you want to see Hydrangea in Kochi, go to Ajisai Gaidou in Haruno town. There are ten thousand Hydrangea along the irrigation canal. The best time to see is in late may to early June.