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Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

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72 Seasons

The season name says grasshopper, but the one you hear chirping at this time of year is a cricket with a different song to the summer grasshopper. As we move into autumn, it sings with an echoing, bell-like song. In old times, as people worked on mending clothes at this time of year, the cricket was said to sing “kata-sase, suso-sase, tsuzure-sase (sew the shoulder, sew the hem, sew the embroidery)". You can picture them working late into the night to finish winter preparations, as the crickets sang.
©Utsukushii Kurashikata Institute

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