It is rice planting time in Japan, which also means it’s frog season. The paddies have been flooded ready for cultivation and thousands of frogs have adopted them as their new homes. Quiet evenings are set to a cacophony of frog chorus- adding to the early summer atmosphere as they blend peacefully into background noise. Paul McCartney would like it. As well as frogs, the lizards have awoken from hibernation, the sun putting a hop back in their step. I spotted this colourful one on an early evening stroll around a rice paddy, troubling him for a picture.