Hello, my name is Anna. This blog is about all the beautiful islands around the world.

145 birds of japan

The last map in the pictorial maps collection is about the birds of Japan. My favourites here are probably the Mejiro - a Japanese White Eye and Onaga - Azure-winged Magpie.

When it comes to birds, you might associate Japan with paper cranes. The crane is considered to be a holy creature in Japan. A legend says that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted eternal good luck, long life or recovery from illness. That's why a thousand origami cranes are a popular gift in Japan.

There are also several birds and bird-like creatures in Japanese mythology. One of them is Kakura, a creature that’s part human and part bird, often with many arms, wings, and feathers. Another - Tengu - pictured as a monstrous bird with a red face and a long nose, although its name means actually "heavenly dog".

One more fascinating thing is how people in Japan count birds. In Japanese language, there are different counters (suffixes) added when counting different types of things. There are for example different counters used for counting small animals and large animals. Interestingly, there is also a separate counter, わ – wa, to count birds and rabbits! :)

birds of japan

distance travelled
sent from
Sakura, Fukushima

source: a.koto
source: Bunches and Bits {Karina}


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