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    What goes bump in the night?

    Hello all.
    A ponderence for you all.

    After a night out the other day in mid summer. My first in a very very long time and my first in Japan. (normally more of a winter hiker and for me Japanese trails aren't really long enough to need an overnighter in summer (ultralight gear, just water and a sandwich etc)

    I was wondering what everyone most "scared" of at night? Myton ten list for Japan goes as follows:

    1 (with a bullet) suzume bachi (Japanese Sparrow Hornet. Look it up it is a nightmare. This is by far my most feared/ don't want to see thing I'd rather a 1000 mozzies/deer fly/midgies than have one of these buzz around my camp. They have a shell, they emit pheromones to alert other hornets, they can sting through leather shoes, and they also bite. And on top of it all their sting is one of the most painful and I think most toxic of all INSECTS, (thing with 6 legs) some spiders and scorpions are more toxic.

    2 mosquitoes

    3 midgies (tiny annoying flies)

    4 massive spiders and their webs

    5 all other stinging insects, Ants, bees, other wasps and hornets, etc.

    6 Monkeys (they are wild and the males are BIG, woke up one spring morning with a troupe 10ft front my hammock looking at me.

    7 bears, especially the Northern islands (only camped in camp sites never wild camped up north) There are black (asiatic black bear) across all of Japan, but Hokkaido has Grizzlies, too [ursus arctos horribilis]

    8 cicada en masse , not problem on their own really other than they sometimes dive bomb you and are noisy,(I actually like the sound as long as one isn't on one of my two trees)

    9 Slugs, they get in your gear if left open)on the ground.

    10 (struggling now) centipedes, only really in southern areas, but they bite and it is a bad sting I hear.

    Would be interested to hear other peoples views.


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    SPIDERS , RACCOONS, EARWIGS,!!!!!! in that order. Just read some of my posts and you'll know why real quick lol.
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    Raccoons are unknown to me. There are similar creatures in Japan, but they are very timid and you are very lucky to ever see one.

    Earwigs are a pain. I lumped them in with my #5.

    I'll look through some of your trip writeups

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    On my list would be:
    - Wildfires. Particularly during the summer months as they seem to happen quite a bit around here.
    - Mountain Lions. They're no friends of mine.

    I'm trying to think of anything else I'd add to the list, but I think that's about it really. Wild boar would make the list, but I don't camp anywhere near their habitat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow View Post
    On my list would be:
    - Wildfires. Particularly during the summer months as they seem to happen quite a bit around here.
    - Mountain Lions. They're no friends of mine.

    I'm trying to think of anything else I'd add to the list, but I think that's about it really. Wild boar would make the list, but I don't camp anywhere near their habitat.
    Yes wild bore are a thing here too, but fairly rare and I've only ever seen them while driving/riding. Not something you want to see coming round a corner at 40+ mph on a motorbike...

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    I live on an Island 26x13 miles so its definitely the sound of banjos and the similar looking locals

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    Bears... that's about it.

    People... the areas I go are not THAT remote. There are some really crazy people out there...


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    What island?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    Bears... that's about it.

    People... the areas I go are not THAT remote. There are some really crazy people out there...


    Sent from somewhere east of Montauk
    That's true, one thing Japan does have going for it is an extremely low crime rate and a generally timid culture, that plus no guns. Not too worried about the local folk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobby8126 View Post
    I live on an Island 26x13 miles so its definitely the sound of banjos and the similar looking locals
    What island?

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