The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata

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What can you infer about the narrator's feelings toward nature in "The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket"?

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The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket” is a short story by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. This gentle tale, in the form of a short recollection, is told from a first-person narrator's point of view. In answer to your question on what we can infer about the narrator's feelings toward nature, let's start with a look at the bell cricket in the title, as it is a less familiar creature to most of us than the grasshopper.

In order to have a deeper understanding of the story, I highly recommend you listen to a recording of the Japanese bell cricket on YouTube. This insect has long been cherished in Japan for the beautiful trills of music it creates with its forewings. In fact, there is a Buddhist temple called Suzumushi-dera (Bell Cricket Temple) in Kyoto, Japan, where monks raise the insects so that visitors can follow an ancient tradition of meditating to the sound of the creature's bell-like song.

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