Hailing from Canada, I had no idea what a cicada was (neither how to pronounce it) until I heard hundreds of them, my first summer in Japan. Those insects are a big part of the Japanese summer, you know it's summer when you can hear them. They sit in trees and sing so loudly. In the morning especially, choirs of cicadas make striking sounds, so loud I need to cover my ears. Cicadas are massive in size- I'm not an insect lover, but I think cicadas are beautiful critters, with neon green stripes and clear wings. They're also quite friendly, and inoffensive- I like to pick them up from trees and hold them for a bit.