Cockroach (gokiburi)



Cockroach (gokiburi)

***** Location: Japan, other regions
***** Season: All Summer
***** Category: Animal


Cockroach, "oily insect", aburamushi 油虫 (あぶらむし)
..... gokiburi ごきぶり, ゴキブリ
..... gokikaburi 御器噛り(ごきかぶり)


Cockroaches (or simply "roaches") are insects of the order Blattaria.
This name derives from the Latin word for "cockroach", blatta.

Among the most well-known species are the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana, which is about 30 mm (1 inch) long, the German cockroach, Blattella germanica, about 15 mm (1/2 inch) long, the Asian cockroach, Blattella asahinai, also about 15 mm (1/2 inch) in length, and the Oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis, about 25 mm (3/4 inch). Tropical cockroaches are often much bigger, and extinct cockroach relatives such as the Carboniferous Archimylacris and the Permian Apthoroblattina were several times as large as these. Cockroaches are generally considered pests; however, only about 30 species (less than 1%) infest urban habitats.
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We had a lot of them in the small housing compound in Kamakura, where neighbours are close and the gokiburi have no problem wandering around. They are cleverly hiding behind refrigerators and under furniture.

Since we moved to an isolated farmhouse in the countryside, we never saw one again. They can not survive in the solitude, it seems.

Gabi Greve, GokuRakuAn, Okayama, 2008

Worldwide use


she screams
at the sight of a cockroach-
in her bathroom

In India, the cockroaches hide during the winter, but they come out during the summer and rains and are quite a common sight in our homes, especially kitchen and bathroom. The lady of the house always dislikes it, and perhaps, also dreads it.

© sunil uniyal
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Things found on the way


aisarezu shite aburamushi hikari tatsu

it is not loved -
the cocroach sparkles
and takes off

Hashimoto Takako 橋本多佳子
Tr. Gabi Greve

it is not loved
but the cockroach shines
as it takes off

Tr. Larry Bole
Kigo Hotline


Related words

Summer more KIGO with
Insects and Summer Animals

Ant (Ari)

Ant lion (Arijigoku)

Japanese rhinoceros beetle, Unicorn beetle (Kabutomushi かぶとむし【兜虫/甲虫】) Allomyrina dichotoma

Caterpillar (Kemushi)
Centipede (Mukade)
Cicada (Semi)
Dayfly, Ephemerid (Kusa-kageroo)
Dragonfly (Ito-tonbo,Kawa-tonbo)
Earthworm (Mimizu)
Firefly (Hotaru)
Flat-headed borer (Tamamushi)
Flea (Nomi)
Fly (Hae)
Gnat (Buyo)
Gold beetle, Gold bug (Koganemushi)
Ladybug (Tentoomushi)
Leech (Hiru)
Longicorn (Kamikiri)
Mosquito (Ka)
Mosquito larva (Boofura, Boofuri 孑孑)
Noctiluca (Yakoochu)

. Slug (namekuji ナメクジ ) .

Snail (Katatsumuri)
Spider (Kumo)
Water strider (Amenboo)

some have their own entries HERE
***** WKD - ABC Reference

. Beetles in all seasons .



WKD ... Facebook said...

old tenement
the smell of cockroaches
in the mailbox

Martin Gottlieb Cohen

Anonymous said...

east-side alley
a roach steps on its shadow

Narayanan Raghunathan said...

the cockroach danced
all around seemed to tell me,
"how can i be but i?"