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06:17 pm: When something's bugging you...
I started off my first day of summer break by going shopping. While at the supermarket, I thought I'd take a picture of their beetle display to share.

Japanese kids are insanely fond of beetles, and it is a traditional summer activity for them to catch and keep beetles as pets. This is the display in the supermarket that advertises the beetle-keeping equipment section. There are beetle-catching tools, beetle cages, beetle habitat goods (packages of dried leaves and such), and beetle food.

There are even beetle-shaped toys and, as shown in the closeup, a beetle video game, for kids who can't keep real beetles. This game is incredibly popular. I had to get there when the store just opened in the morning so that I could get a clear shot of it without swarms of little boys around it.

I really wonder sometimes...



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Date:July 21st, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)

Manga vs. Life Culture

I've been reading the manga Yotsuba to and in one of the chapters they go beetle catching. A friend buys them all the equipment and they're very so happy and excited to get a chance to do this. Although, in the manga, they catch many and let them go (after much fiasco).

Do you have any idea why this is so popular? I haven't read many manga where students have pets; maybe the beetles are a cheap substitute? Are they considered good luck?

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Date:July 21st, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Manga vs. Life Culture

Do you have any idea why this is so popular?

Not a clue.

Are they considered good luck?

I don't think so...at least, I've never seen that mentioned anywhere. They may possibly make the beetles fight one another--they like to watch beetles fight--but I don't know if that's what everyone does.
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