2007/08/28

Come Again?

Last year on August 20th, I posted a picture of a Japanese tree frog (amagaeru) which had paid a visit to our back door.

This year, they are coming in the front. As I went to lock the house this morning, I found this fellow perched on our front door:


As you can see, he's only about 2 1/4 cm long (less than an inch) He's still there this afternoon. Judging from the lumps on his back, he must of eaten something relatively large and is taking time to digest the big meal.


As I mentioned last year (for any new readers of this blog), the generic word for frog in Japanese is kaeru. Kaeru also means "to return", so small frog shaped charms are a common item for travelers to carry with them in hopes for a safe return.

People also put ceramic or wooden kaeru in their gardens as an invitation for guests to return. Now we've got a live one right on our front door. Perfect.

Come again.

20 comments:

Swinebread said...

Hey that's good luck right?

PinkPanther said...

Message to Momo from frog:"quaak, quaak, quaak…come to play with me". ^_^

Pandabonium said...

Swinebread - can't hurt. Yeah, lots of things have to do with "luck" in Japan and the rest of Asia it seems. Kaeru are part of that too.

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

PinkPanther - he's so very small, I might easily hurt him. Cute though.

ladybug said...

Our friends have been having an inundation of similiar looking ones in their backyard....

but not so brightly colored. They also picked up a huge toad while walking in a country club golf course near their house a couple of weeks ago...

I'm glad they are good luck omens!

Don Snabulus said...

I suspect our cat plays some role in the lack of frogs around our house given that our back yard can turn into a swamp during the winter.

agus said...

That's a good looking frog. Makes for very nice shots. All I ever come across are brown toads. Not that I want any to jump on my face (while taking a close up shot) or hop anywhere near me. It freaks me out. Cute, but keep it at a distance thank you very much.

Amagaeru said...

Agus - sigh. It's not easy being green.

Robin said...

I am sure Momo the wonderdog will have lots of funs with the frogs..

Come to think of it, the colour is nice and the frog does look cute

Pandabonium said...

Robin - I'm afraid of what might happen if Momo plays with the frogs. Living in a rural area, I've rediscovered the beauty of wild things - even snakes and insects that might have put me off in the past.

May all beings be happy.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Mmm...frog's legs!

Amagaeru said...

Moody - Soylent green.

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - there is a problem with an invasive species on Maui. The coqui frogs were introduced from Puerto Rico in 1988 and have become a noisy problem in places.

Big "buffo" toads are also common in Hawaii. Poisonous and ugly.

Snabby - I don't know, when frogs get to breeding there can be a whole bunch of them. More perhaps than a cat can handle. If you cat keeps em at bay, good thing.

PinkPanther said...

Moody: The edible frog's legs are one of the better-known delicacies of Chinese cuisine. Have you tried it?
My mom likes to cook them in winter season so much!

Hill said...

I can't believe I'm saying this about a frog, but he's beautiful. And iridescent, too.

:)

Nichole said...

Those are such fantastic shots!

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Yep he's lovely alright! So why do I like frogs but dislike cane toads? Maybe because I remember the first time I met a cane-toad was at Lelean school - several were hopping around the concrete floor of the inground toilet.
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Pandabonium said...

Nichole - thank you, and thanks for visiting.

Wendy - I have the same reaction. Perhaps the large size of the toads make them more intimidating? I sure would not want to share toilet facilities with cane toads!

QUASAR9 said...

Great pic
love it when the charms in nature comes knocking on the door

Pandabonium said...

Quasar9 - thanks. He (she?) is still hanging around. I guess the translucent glass is a good place to catch bugs at night. I like nature's surprises too - like walking outside at night to find a clear sky and the milky way overhead.