6/29/2007

WKD - lizard tokage chameleon

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cutting trees -
a lizard watches
from the highest branch







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lizard 蜥蜴 (とかげ) tokage

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Lizards are a large and widespread group of squamate reptiles, with nearly 5,000 species, ranging across all continents except Antarctica as well as most oceanic island chains. The group, traditionally recognized as the suborder Lacertilia, is defined as all extant members of the Lepidosauria (reptiles with overlapping scales) which are neither sphenodonts (i.e., Tuatara) nor snakes. While the snakes are recognized as falling phylogenetically within the anguimorph lizards from which they evolved, the sphenodonts are the sister group to the squamates, the larger monophyletic group which includes both the lizards and the snakes.
Most lizard species are harmless to humans. Only the very largest lizard species pose threat of death; the Komodo dragon, for example, has been known to stalk, attack, and kill humans.

Gekkota
Active hunters, the Gekkota includes three families comprising the distinctive cosmopolitan geckos and the legless flap-footed lizards of Australia and New Zealand. Like snakes, the geckos and the flap-footed lizards lack eyelids. Unlike snakes, they use their tongues to clean their often highly developed eyes. While gecko feet have unique surfaces which allow them to cling to glass and run on ceilings, the flapfoot has lost its limbs. The three families of this suborder are:
Family Eublepharidae – Eublepharid Geckos
Family Gekkonidae – Geckos
Family Pygopodidae – Flap-footed Lizards
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lizzard
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KIGO for various seasons

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kigo for spring

tokage ana o izu 蜥蜴穴を出づ (とかげあなをいづ )
lizzard coming out of his hole

togake ana o deru 蜥蜴穴を出る(とかげあなをでる)
tokage izu 蜥蜴出づ(とかげいづ) lizard coming out
kigo for mid-spring



AUSTRALIA
dragon lizard
kigo for spring

Goanna / Monitor Lizard
topic for haiku in Australia


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all summer

tokage 蜥蜴 (とかげ) lizard
aotokage 青蜥蜴(あおとかげ)
ruritokage 瑠璃蜥蜴(るりとかげ)
shimatokage 縞蜥蜴(しまとかげ)


kurotokage 黒蜥蜴 black tokage
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yamori 守宮 (やもり) Japanese gecko
... 屋守(やもり, ヤモリ)
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imori 井守 (いもり) newt, eft, kind of salamander
akahara 赤腹(あかはら)
ibo imori イボイモリ (Tylototriton andersoni)
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source : library666.seesaa.net

sanshoouo, sanshoo uo
山椒魚 さんしょううお salamander

..... hanzaki はんざき "cut in half"
(referring to the tail that might come off in danger, but the animal is not killed by this)

..... hashigami uo 椒魚(はしがみうお)"mountain pepper fish"
aburame 油魚(あぶらめ)"oil fish"
hatake dojoo はたけどじょう "loach of the field"
Hakone sanshoo uo 箱根山椒魚(はこねさんしょううお)
"salamander from Hakone"
Fuji sanshoo uo 富士山椒魚(ふじさんしょううお)
"salamander from Mount Fuji"


The hanzaki
is an aggressive salamander that grabs its prey with its powerful jaws.

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the Hanzaki is harmless... but others seem to disagree, as it does possess a good bite and has bitten humans prying too near its underwater home. Granted, the salamander in the River Monsters video is pretty pissed off at being unceremoniously ripped from its hiding hole.

. . . Anyhow ... here's some facts:

also known as the giant pepper fish (Ōsanshōuo
(オオサンショウウオ/大山椒魚)
lives to about 80 years of age - a captive one live for 52 years;
5-feet (1.524 meters) long;
50 pounds (22.7 kilograms);
long muscular body;
has hands and fingers;
has rows of hidden teeth inside its mouth;
eats fish, but will swallow it whole, where the fish is alive inside it until its gastric juices kill it;
nocturnal;
lives in cool, clear streams;
when threatened it releases a milky substance that smells like pepper;
poor eyesight;
has sensory cells along body that help it hunt and sense prey;
lays eggs under water - two eggs sacs each containing about 70 eggs at a time;
2nd-largest salamander in world after Chinese Giant Salamander at 1.8 meters (6-feet);
survivor from the Upper Jurassic age of 140 million years ago.

According to a story from Japan, about 400 years ago in Asahigawa Asahi River at a placed called Ryuto-ga-fuchi (Dragon's Head Abyss) locals say there was a giant Giant Salamander that was 11 meters (36 feet) in length with a body diameter of about 5.5 meters (18 feet).
... So... do the legends of the Japanese Kappa water spirit owes it origins to the Hanzaki Japanese giant salamander?
We'll never know, of course, unless someone invents a WayBack Machine... but it seems as good a place to start as any.
source : Andrew Joseph



. Kappa names - hanzaki はんざき .  
- The Kappapedia Blog -


. hazekoi はぜ鯉 sanshouo 山椒魚 Salamander .
6 legends about the salamander to explore


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kigo for mid-summer

yamori o tsuku 守宮を搗く (やもりをつく)
pounding a gecko

imori o tsuku 井守を搗く(いもりをつく)pounding a newt
imori no in 井守の印(いもりのしるし) seal of a newt

In ancient China it was believed that when you smear the body of a woman with the blood of a yamori, the red color could not be washed off, only if she sleeps with a man would it disappear. To give a proof of the chastity of the concubines in the Imperial Palace, it was the custom on May 5 to pound these animals and smear the blood on the girls' bodies. (Hence the spelling of Japanese characters, meaning "protector of the palace".)
This custom was practised in Japan for some time, it seems.


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kigo for mid-autumn

tokage ana ni iru 蜥蜴穴に入る(とかげあなにいる)
lizard begins to hibernate

"lizard goes into his hole"


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Not a kigo

. Komodo Dragon (Indonesia )  


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found on the way

imori no kuroyaki いもりのくろやき(井守の黒焼(き))
love potion
A mail and female newt are smoldered black and then made into a powder, which is put secretly into the glass of ricewine or other drink of your darling-to-be.

WASHOKU :
Love potion (horegusuri 惚薬)
Liebestrunk


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Australia

. Skink lizzard, Blue-tongued skink .
the skink family (Scincidae)

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Florida, USA

Ameiva, commonly called jungle-runners, is a genus of whiptail lizards that belongs to the family of Teiidae. Member species are found in South America, Central America, Mexico, and throughout various islands of the Caribbean. Additionally, the Giant Ameiva has been introduced to Florida in the United States.
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They are around all year and thus a topic for haiku.


june morning -
a giant ameiva
runs from a bird


- Shawn Lee Whitney - JOJ -


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Kenya

Chameleon
topic for haiku

bright morning -
a colored chameleon
on a flower vase


Elung'ata Barrack, Kenya


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(kamereon in Japanses カメレオン, a kind of tokage)


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a chameleon
slowly crossing the road . . .
Longido Hills


Patrick Wafula

Arusha Diary 2010


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a salamander peeps
through a cracked wall-
sudden light


Andrew Otinga


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chameleon --
my cousin screams
while running away


coffee plant --
a chameleon turns
to green colour


Douglas Nugi


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YEMEN

Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)



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HAIKU


old tree--
into its stillness
a grass lizard

roh mih, Manila, Philippines


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how small!
the lizard
I am afraid of


- Shared by Hengameh Ahmadi -
Joys of Japan, August 2012


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old pine --
a lizard leaves its tail
in my fingers


- Shared by Ed Bremson -
Joys of Japan, August 2012



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4 comments:

Kenya Saijiki said...

hot afternoon-
a green lizard peeps through
cracks on a rusty wall
Mr Otinga, Peacocks Haiku Club, Kenya

anonymous said...

leaning papyrus --
the weight of a green
chameleon

~ Parkeenka Ntato
First at Shiki Monthly Kukai July 2010
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kenyasaijiki/message/2553
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Gabi Greve - WKD said...

斎場御獄 砲弾痕に井守棲む
Sefa Utaki hoodan ato ni iimori sumu

Sefa Utaki -
in the traces of cannonballs
some newts are living

Kobayashi Tokie 小林登喜枝

MORE
about Sefa Utaki in Okinawa
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Gabi Greve - WKD said...

蜥蜴出づ開山堂の踏石に
tokage izu kaisandoo no fumi-ishi ni

a lizard comes
to the stepping stones
of the Founder's Hall

Kashiwara Min-U 柏原眠雨
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founder's hall

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