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Seasonal Creature: "Tonbo (Dragonfly)"

September 08, 2015

Seasonal Creature:
Japan is a country that dragonflies lining up? : "Tonbo (Dragonfly)"

Here is a Japanese traditional poem, tanka, compiled in "Shokugosenwakashu'."Akizuhano Sugatano kunini Ato taruru Kamino mamoriya Waga kiminotame"Interpretation: To protect you, god descends to Japan which is abeautiful country that looks like dragonfly's wings.The scene in which dragonflies flit about lightly and silently underthe clear sky is the Japanese autumn symbolic scene. The kind ofdragonfly often seen in the rice field after harvest is "Reddragonfly" which is a fully-grown "Autumn darter(especially the male)". They all incubate at once in the rainyseason and inhabit in cool mountain district to avoid the summerheat, and then come back to human habitation to lay eggs in drovesin the autumn.


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Translation by: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting

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