Insect Life and Ocean Finance: Tuesday 7th June

With the warm weather continuing to persist, and the humidity steadily rising, the number of insects in and around Tokyo is set to escalate dramatically. Last night I found the first cockroach of the season, lying dead on my toilet floor. I keep an impeccably clean house, and so was obviously disgusted to find this wretched creature invading my personal space, but apparently there is nothing you can do about their inevitable arrival. I am still puzzled as to how it actually got into my (to all intents and purposes) hermetically sealed WC, and also as to what did for it in the end. I’m hoping that it was just old age, as it doesn’t say much for one’s lavatory when even a cockroach can’t survive in there. Those things are built to survive a nuclear winter for heaven’s sake.

More dangerous than a nuclear winter?

The insect related ‘fun’ continued in the classroom today, as we were visited on two separate occasions by spiders. I know that spiders have eight legs, and are therefore not technically an insect, but according to our teacher, spiders are still classified under the Japanese term for insect (mushi), so when in Rome and all that. On one occasion, a Taiwanese girl in our class started freaking out a little bit, forcing our teacher to shepherd the unwanted visitor out of the classroom. In fairness to the spider though, the freaking out occurred at precisely the time when I was attempting to describe the mechanics of ‘Ocean Finance’ to the rest of the class, and I am sure that no on would have objected too loudly had I been the one to be marshaled out into the corridor.


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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