singing frog

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1449 – River Frog

Kajika Frog

Kajika Frog (River Frog or “Singing Frog” or “River Deer”

Kajika or “singing frog” is the Japanese singing frog, known for its “fififi” call, is brown or gray-black. Other frogs merely croak or call, but this frog sings. In Japan it was once common to keep the singing frog in a special box, the better to hear its beautiful song, which, it is said, has a cooling effect in the heat of summer. The singing frog has webbed hind- but not fore-feet; the tips of fingers and toes have truncated discs, the better for gripping wet stones. The skin on the back is grainy. Males are 3-4.5 cm long, females are bigger, at 4-8 cm.
You can find them in mountain streams bordered by woodland, from Honshu to Kyushu, ideally streams with plenty of fist-size stones.

cycling home
accompanied by the song of frogs
the cool breeze

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)


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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #2: Sara of Purpleinportland’s latest #haibun for Carpe Diem!


  2. Soothing and refreshing. 🙂


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