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#Haiku Happenings #2: Sara of Purpleinportland’s latest #haibun for Carpe Diem!

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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.

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