Have you ever had a bug the size of a chestnut in your house? How about one the size of a baby mouse that can also fly? In China you can find all sorts of bugs and creatures. Some are outside, crawling the streets along with the rats, some are in the markets waiting to become barbecue. I definitely had a bug infection in my home back in China, at least once or twice. In the end, they all go away in the winter and there’s always “ayi” 阿姨 (cleaning ladies) that can help you get rid of them faster.
But have you seen the bugs in Japan? Starting with the noisy cicadas and ending with the small cockroaches that try to get into your home every summer start, bugs in Japan are as bad as the ones in China. In my first year in Japan, I woke up to the deafening noise of the cicadas almost everyday in the summer. I first thought they were fire or earthquake alarms, ice-cream trucks, anything but bugs. When my co-worker told me that she got waken up by the – and I quote – “stupid flying bugs”, I was shocked that some insects can make this horrible noise. Especially while reproducing.
I have never tried to eat any bugs nor live with them in the same place, but I got to know them well during these few years spent in China and Japan. I can say for sure that they are different from the ones in Europe (especially the cicadas). But in the end, we have to cohabitate. That’s why I never kill bugs…just throw it out of my balcony as fast as possible!