Benefits of Living with a House Spider

I re-stack folders on my desk, and a little spider jumps out. He scuttles up the nearest wall and stops as if to catch his breath and complain, “Man, you scared me.”

This fellow about the size of my pinky fingernail makes many surprise appearances in my Tokyo apartment. I’m not sure it’s always the same spider, but I like to believe it is. Other types of spiders, such as those with long legs sprouting from a shiny green body, have the power to freeze me to the spot, but this tiny, short-legged, black one beckons me to come…

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