We've recently had our trees and hedges pruned and to deal with all the cuttings, I bought a 6.5 hp chipper/shredder machine (my electric shredder couldn't hack it) and we've now got a mountain of mulch for weed control and composting.
Just before the trimming started I went to the back of the house to survey the weeds and found this fellow hanging from a Japanese plum (ume) tree.
It's an aodaisho (lit. "green general") or Japanese rat snake. Quite common in Japan, we see them often around here. They aren't venomous and eat rodents, frogs, and lizards mostly as well as bird eggs. Coloration varies. I found this one quite beautiful and well camouflaged for our weed patch. It was about a meter long, which is good sized, but not as big as the first aodaisho I saw back in 2005 and wrote about in the post "The Mild Mannered Snake".