Petting Beetles: The Love of Japanese Kids For Insects

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
4 min readFeb 14, 2024

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You may be one of the numerous people who have spent long lockdown hours playing the Nintendo video game hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If so, the hobby of insect collecting, and the sound of cicadas have become familiar to you. But did you know this is directly inspired by the Japanese’s peculiar relationship with insects? In this article, I’ll introduce the different ways the Japanese…

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.