Before anything, have you checked out my Make Me A Button Contest?!? I'm asking people to make a cool button for this feature. Some fun Japanese themed books are up for grabs, so be sure to check it out, if you haven't already! I haven't received any entries yet, so get on it! I'm dying to see what you'll come up with!
Nihon no Kinyoubi (Japanese Friday) is a new feature here at Brizmus Blogs Books inspired by French Friday, which is a weekly feature hosted by Charlotte at the Book on the Hill. Charlotte features French bookish things, and I plan on featuring Japanese bookish things, though I won't limit myself if I find something non-bookish that I think will interest you guys.
Have you ever seen a cicada? I actually hadn't before I came here. And if I'm being totally honest, I'd actually never even HEARD of them before moving to Japan.
Now, though, let me assure you, I have seen a cicada.
And felt a cicada.
And HEARD a cicada.
And boy have I heard them. Nonstop. All the time. Some days, I don't want to spend a bagazillion yen just so that I can have my air conditioner on, so I think I want to open my window. But no - think crickets but a million times louder and more grating. The cicadas love to make noise.
You might be wondering what this has to do with anything. Why I would post something like this. So far, it's the only thing about Japan that I really dislike. And to be honest, I think it wouldn't bother me, except that the sound of the cicada has become one of the few things that can distract me from reading.
I just can't seem to concentrate while they are playing their nonstop song.
Is there anything that always manages to distract you from reading, no matter how into the book you are? I want to hear about it!