A Battle With Bugs | Life In Japan


Wow look at the size of the Apple! OMG
look at the size of that bamboo! look at the size that centipede! WHERE?!!!! considering the climate southern Japan
is mostly Blazing Sun and constant downpours, it’s easy to see how wildlife
thrive. It’s also easy to see why my head always glistens with sweat in
every video! Before coming to Japan I wasn’t really aware of the impact that
insects would have in everyday life. The UK rarely has any dangerous insects
outside nevermind indoors. On the flip side, the
UK has some downright weird insects that you find on the inside of your house.
Take woodlice, for instance, they’re like an armadillo with too many legs and no face; you just can’t form a bond with those things anyway Japan’s insects let’s start with
the horrors that are Mukade. So these centipedes are dangerous really to
the point of hospitalization These creatures are most likely found in
humid and moist places like the shower or your pillow. Wait what?! Yeah that happened… One night I was going to bed, I laid my futon out on the floor, placed the
pillow carefully, dimmed the light and suddenly the centipede darted out of my pillow! Now, because I’m such an alpha male I sliced in half of the bread knife That’s not a bread knife! Ok, no, that didn’t happen. Instead I screamed and ran away
into the kitchen where I found a plastic container in which to trap it. Legend has
it that if the mukade gets injured it emits a pheromone that calls its mates. I
trapped it in the container but couldn’t slide anything underneath, it kept
escaping in the grooves of the tatami- Will you slow down I can’t keep up. Okay
sorry. Carry on, carry on. The only thing left to do was to shimmy- yeah that’s
right shimmy- shimmy the container to a flat
surface in the hall; that is where the mukade was left to die. Since then
there has never been mukade in my house but there have been cockroaches,
mosquitoes, silverfish. In fact there’s no real end to this story but- GET ON WITH IT! On a lighter note, you could come across something even worse than the mukade, that is
the Japanese Hornet. So these can be four times the size of a normal bee. They feed
their babies by decapitating other insects until they find the nutrients
that they need and then they leave the remains behind. What a waste!
They’re extremely aggressive so don’t alarm them by running. They’ve
been known to chase their victims to the end of the earth! For every dangerous
insect, there are multiple cool ones, take the spiders; other than they’re
intimidating looks they’re often seen as good luck in Japan because they eat all
the bad insects so keep them around. Very few spiders
species in Japan are dangerous so don’t kill them, leave them be, unless
of course one jumps on your face and cracks your skull maybe then you should
think about killing it. Every time you go outside dragon flies will animate the
sky whilst cicadas provide a cool but irritating soundtrack. It’s also annoying how they never stick
around for a photo. The stag beetles are collected by many school kids- I wonder
if they eat mukade?! – Their name is derived from the horns on a samurai’s helmet.
Another insect you’ll see is the praying mantis. So the females of which, love
nothing more than to mate and then kill and eat their lover. Well, we all know someone like that, right lads?! I used to like praying mantises book I almost fell off
my bike after swerving to avoid one crossing the
road, so I totally refuse to like one until they learn basic road safety! Facts
about insects never get tiring but this video needs to end because a cockroach
has just emerged from the decapitated body of a mukade! Whether you’re intrigued by bugs or have a general phobia of them, insects here
inspire creativity and one thing is for sure: Japan wouldn’t be Japan… without its bug life. I hope you enjoyed this video please
subscribe for more and remember… Whoever you are, be bold and explore. See you next time… It’s so hot in here, don’t you think Ditto?
Can you help me? You’re cruel, you know that?

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