Recently, it has come to my attention that there is a website out there entitled http://www.japanesebugfights.com/
. This site is exactly as it sounds. In each video posted, two bugs are put in a plastic cube and fight until one of them kills the other. There are only three rules in Japanese Bug Fighting, according to the site:
RULES OF JAPANESE BUG FIGHTS
1. Two Bugs to a fight
2. Bug fights go
on as long as they have to
3. No outside weapons in Bug Fights
Different kinds of bugs are involved, ranging from a crazy strong beetle (upon further research, I think it’s an Atlas beetle) to Praying Mantiseseses (Mantisii?). Scorpions seem to be a popular contestant, although not a very successful one.
This site is one of the most awful, creepy, amazing things I have ever seen. I want to learn Japanese just to hear what they’re saying during the fights. It’s also a great site to learn from. I had no idea centipedes were poisonous, but there was one, surviving a scorpion sting to bite its opponent and kill it. This kind of thing absolutely needs betting involved. The odds on a centipede winning would have been at least 25-1. Vegas would have made a killing on the upset. As for that crazy strong beetle? In the one match I watched involving a beetle, it too was fighting a scorpion, picked the scorpion up in it’s pinchers and just held the scorpion above it’s head, rendering the stinger useless. Every now and then it would slam the scorpion to the ground until finally the scorpion died. I don’t know how or why it died, maybe those pinchers squeezed it until it was no more, but the fact is, who’s betting against a scorpion? All I know is this: more people need to be aware of the phenomenon that is Japanese Bug Fighting.
Who knew the scorpion was not to fear?