Japanese Giant Spider – Hand Size
When I moved to Japan I was not yet aware of how large the giant spiders in Japan are.
I’m not an experienced entomologist, but at least I was an active bee keeper in Sweden, so I know something about insects. Japanese spiders on the other hand are new to me.
A big spider in Japan is the size of your fist of your hand if you count its spread out legs.
Japanese spiders come in different sizes. Some are big, others are larger and then you have the giant ones. Here on the year around warm subtropical island of Kyushu there are (at least according to my opinion) large spiders. They can actually look a bit scary.
The word for spider in Japanese is Kumo. You can see the combined Kanji symbols that I painted into the picture to express the word spider in Japanese. Looks complicated?
I draw the Katakana characters for spider in Japanese so that you can see and learn how it is spelled. More simple, right?! Only two beginner level Katakana characters.
In Katakana it says kumo. Two characters for it. KU and MO. Refer to the Katakana Chart to learn more about Katakana syllables. It’s based on 46 easy to learn characters.
I took a photo of this big colorful spider hanging on its net from a tree next to my head height while I was walking in a Japanese forest district in Saga here on Kyushu island.
Usually the spiders at our home in Japan are hairy, black in color and about fist size.
The spiders move fast and they can suddenly bounce up into the air from the floor in a jump. It seems like the spiders at home are hunter spiders who run and catch their prey instead of building web. They love to climb on walls and hang upside down in the ceiling.
This colorful big spider in the Japanese forest looked so much different from any other type of spider that I have seen so far here in Japan, so I took this beautiful picture of it.
It reminds me about a slight green and yellow color spider that was hanging from a wide tropical palm tree in the year around hot Miyazaki area on this island, but this pretty big spider has bright red color marks on its body as well. Is it a male or a female spider?
I don’t know if this spider is poisonous or harmless to humans, but it sure looked colorful bright while it was hanging there doing its thing. The web looked wide, large and firm.
It doesn’t seem to be hairy either, compared to the dark hairy fast running ones at home.
I still remember the warning signs of poisonous spiders outside of the city office here in Fukuoka. There were signs with images of how dangerous poisonous spiders look like.
What made me feel uneasy were the sizes of the poisonous spiders. They looked so tiny and difficult to spot, while these larger spiders in Japan are quite easy to see and find.
That is a reason why to turn on the light while walking at home at night. I usually don’t keep the light on, but here in Japan I have began doing that – after that a big hairy spider landed on my head. It was like getting a wildly crawling furry ball on the head in the dark.
When hearing kumo in Japanese, don’t only think of spiders. The word kumo has also a different meaning in Japanese language. Kumo can also mean a cloud up in the sky.
Kumo for spider and kumo for cloud sound the same, but have different Kanji symbols.
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