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.