Friday, January 18, 2013


The most poisonous snake in Japan is the Mamushi, also the most common. Gloydius Bomhoffii is a pit-viper and is found all over.

About ten people a year die from its bite, though several thousand get bitten. I see them around my house and in the garden all the time, and as anyone who knows me will know I quite like snakes and do not have the irrational fear of them that many seem afflicted with.

My neighbor catches them and puts them in jars of sake to make a drink called Mamushi Zake. Though many will refer to it as a "tonic", the main use of Mamushi zake is as a viagra equivalent.


  1. I've yet to see mamushi in Japan apart from the one that's in my sake!

  2. I'm not really afraid of snakes.
    What I fear is suzumebachi!

    I just came back from a trip to Okinawa and they have the Habu snake there. It's very poisonous as well!

  3. spiders, no problem! but snakes and vipers? brrrrr!!!
    Beautiful pictures!

  4. For those of us born in the year of the snake your fotos do us an honor.