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Japanese Spiders

Posted in Animals, Nature, Places, Uncategorized by tokyobling on October 5, 2010

In case you are scared of spiders, or dislike seeing photos of close ups of spiders, then please don’t scroll down the blog today.

But if you like me, sometimes find these amazing creatures both beautiful and fascinating, please stay and have a look at some of the spiders I saw in one of Tokyo’s foremost public parks, the Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑). Having slept through most of my classes on Japanese Arachnology I shamefully admit to not knowing the name of this spider (or, if full public shaming and full disclosure is necessary, I have to admit to not being able to identify a single spider species on Earth). Perhaps one of my smarter readers will be able to help us with this?

I do know that these spiders are to be found almost everywhere in Japan and are between 5-7cm large, very colorful and quite skilled at weaving huge webs. If you have ever walked in a Japanese forest or park you’re likely to have seen these spiders. Being a big hater of mosquitoes, and insect eating critters are friends of mind, and thus, I love these spiders.

I shot these with what is probably the finest lens ever made in this price range, the Sigma 70-300mm APO that I got for next to nothing in a second hand camera store. The lens is as close to perfect as such a cheap lens will ever be and I can’t recommend it enough. It is also extremely lightweight and very easy to pack in your bag when going for long walks or hikes. Recommended!

@ All images copyrighted. Please use only with permission.

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  1. Julie (JUURI) said, on October 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Very beautiful shots! I love spiders, especially ones that make such skillful webs. XD


    • tokyobling said, on October 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Julie! Glad you like them. I have some more close ups coming up over the next week or two.


  2. NightUlf said, on October 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    You have some very beautiful close up shots of that spider.
    Very crisp and clear.


    • tokyobling said, on October 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

      Thanks NightUlf! Love your blog by the way!


      • NightUlf said, on October 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

        And thank you, glad you liked the blog, I am new at blogging.
        I love reading and looking at your posts, I even share them with the wife, remind her of home. ;p
        I love taking pictures of bugs and animals, especially if they are somewhere they shouldn’t be, but don’t always have a good camera with me.


        • tokyobling said, on October 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

          Thanks for the kind comment! Is she Japanese? That could explain your unusual feat of combining married life with TRPG! Looking forward to the day you start your second blog, the Bugbling! (^-^;) haha… Since I don’t have time to game myself, it’s fun to read your stuff!


  3. kes said, on October 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I find the web fascinating. – I think it’s a amazing that a tiny creature like that is able to make such a strong and beautiful web.

    BUT… spider is kinda creepy (well, not this one).
    A thousand hairy spiders are creepy. – > Yes, I blame all those darn horror movies I watched during my youth ^^


    • tokyobling said, on October 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

      Horror movies…! Can’t stand them! I blame Indiana Jones… haha…


      • kes said, on October 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

        haha.. Indiana jones.
        Now that you mention it, I suddenly remember the episode with the temple.
        Snakes, tiny creeps and monkey brain. That was really eww.


        • tokyobling said, on October 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

          Ah, the Temple of Doom! That was a nice enough movie, but the first one was the best, even though I still have the occasional nightmare featuring the melting face scene! Eww indeed!


  4. NightUlf said, on October 7, 2010 at 10:05 am

    lol yeah you guessed it, she is.
    Hell I even get to game on a console too!
    Bugbling!……Now there is an idea. May have to have guest posts, otherwise it could be sometime between posts. :p


    • tokyobling said, on October 8, 2010 at 1:14 am

      Without knowing any details, my instant reaction is Lucky You! Guest bloggers is a good idea, I am considering trying it out on this blog as well… the trick to blogging is scheduled posts, I try to post every day but every now and then real world issues forces me to skip a day or two.


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