Did you know that Japanese is currently the most popular blogging language in the world? It surprised me, I must admit. According to The Telegraph, with several hundred million blog authors, there are more posts written in Japanese than in either English or Chinese.
Curiously, at least one Japanese blog is written by a plant.
Midori-san (緑さん), which loosely translates as Miss Green (apparently she’s a she), is a hoya kerrii or sweetheart plant, so called because of the shape of its leaves. I’m not entirely sure how it all works, but they apparently use detectors on the plant to pick up electronic signals. These signals vary, depending on the plant’s conditions. This makes a strange kind of sense, and it isn’t the first time I’ve heard about measuring a plant’s response to stimuli. It is, however, definitely the first time I’ve heard of anyone trying to translate what the plant might be saying.
How delighfully eccentric…