Scorpion (sasori)


Scorpion (sasori)

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: All Sommer
***** Category: Animal


sasori 蠍 (さそり) scorpion
..... katsu 蝎(かつ)

It is not usually found in Japan, only on some of the most southern islands.


topic for haiku

sasoriza さそり座 / さそりざ Scorpio, the zodiac formation
..... tenkatsu kyuu 天蝎(てんかつ)宮


CLICK for more photos
are any arachnid of the order Scorpionida. They are members of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. There are about 2,000 species of scorpions, found widely distributed south of about 49°N, except New Zealand and Antarctica. The northernmost part of the world where scorpions live in the wild is Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in the UK, where a small colony of Euscorpius flavicaudis has been resident since the 1860s.
The word scorpion derives from Greek - skorpios.
All scorpion species possess poison or venom. Scorpions use their venom to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be eaten; in general it is fast-acting, allowing for effective prey capture. Of the ~1500 scorpion species, the vast majority are only capable of producing a local reaction similar in scope and effect to a bee sting. Only around 50 species are known to produce venom that causes serious systemic effects in humans. Of these 50 species, only a few (mostly in the family Buthidae) produce enough venom to pose a lethal risk to humans.

Scorpions have been found in many fossil records, including marine Silurian deposits, coal deposits from the Carboniferous Period and in amber. They are thought to have existed in some form since about 430 million years ago.

Cultural symbolism

The scorpion is one of the symbols of the Astrological sign of Scorpio.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh approaches mountains where scorpion-folk guard the entrance. Additionally, the Akkadians called the constellation Scorpius, Girtab, meaning "the Seizer", or "Stinger" and "Place Where One Bows Down".
In ancient Egypt, the scorpion was associated with the god Set- the god of the desert, storms, and chaos.
The Falaknuma Palace of Hyderabad, India, is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with the two pincers spreading out to the north as wings to the building.
In Greek mythology, the scorpion is conjured by the gods to hound and punish Orion. It is also said that when Perseus slew Medusa, the blood that leaked out of her severed neck turned into scorpions and snakes as it hit the ground.
The Persian legendary monster manticore is often depicted with a scorpion tail.
The scorpion is the symbol of the Mexican state of Durango.
The scorpion is the symbol of the Italian auto tuning company Abarth.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

Worldwide use





topic for haiku

Here in Kenya, the scorpions are mostly found in the hot, hilly and rocky semi-arid regions of North Eastern, Eastern and Northern Kenya. These regions are hot and have rocky hills.

My first encounter with a scorpion was in 2001 in Eastern. The scorpions prefer coming out at night to feed. During the day, they hide away under rock crevices and cracks. They have a viciously curled tail that has a sharp sting at the end; their bodies are divided into three segments: head, thorax and abdomen with eight legs.
Their sting is poisonous to humans and animals.

orange sunset...
a scorpion scampers
across the floor

Patrick Wafula, 2009

scorpion sting-
he ties the wound
with a cloth

Caxton Okoth
January 2012

Things found on the way

"scorpion snack", kakko かっこ 餲餬, □餬
Snacks kneaded with wheat flower, in the shape of a scorpion (蝎 すくもむし sukumomushi). They were either fried or steamed. Also called kappei かっぺい. pei ぺいwas another word for mochi 餅.

Food of the New Year Season


Scorpion grass

CLICK for more photos

The Forget-me-nots are the genus Myosotis of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae.
Myosotis scorpioides is also known as scorpion grass.

WKD : forget-me-nots, wasurenagusa


sasoriza ni akaki hoshi ari taki hibiku

in the Scorpio
there is a red star -
roaring waterfall

Fujimura Mari 藤村真理

Scorpio, in the sky, is a topic.


a woman's song --
over her garden stands
the Scorpio

~ Samuel Ndungu (Bamboocha) Kenya, 2007

Related words

***** Centipede, Millipede (mukade) Japan

***** Spiders ... (kumo, Japan) Spider web, Cob web. Spinne


1 comment:

Unknown said...

sasoki to mamusi ha kowai.
kodomo no koro kara nigate desu.