picture of the day

Advantage bee

32 Comments

Ball boys and girls attempt to swat away a bee from Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm during her opening round match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Venus Williams in New York on Monday. See story here.

© Japan Today

©2023 GPlusMedia Inc.

32 Comments
Login to comment

Too many people in Japan are scared of any animal that's not in a cage or a cute dog or cat. I'm always amazed at the over reaction of my university students when any kind of insect happens to find it's way into the classroom.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

Bee stings hurt and for some bee stings kill. I can understand her reaction perfectly well. Give her some slack.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

If she got stung, it wouldn't help her tennis game so even a bee can cause damage even if she isn't allergic to them.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Freaking out and swatting at a stinging insect is the last thing one should do; they don't fly up and sting you without provocation. Just let them bee.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Looks like the one chick is doing Karate against the bee!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Leave them alone, they don't look for something to sting. Swat it and you just may be stung. Unless an allergy is a serious concern.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Agree stand still the bee is checking you out for possible pollen source and will leave soon.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Never really took notice of Date, but her pose in this picture does something for me. Am I the only one?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Bee stings are not trivial. As a tennis player a bee sting in the arm can cause serious swelling that can affect a players performance in play. DO YOU want to be the one that loses the game because a bee sting caused swelling and you could not effectively control the racket?

In addition, bee stings can cause serious allergic reactions resulting in death in some people.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I was, as always. watching this match. It was a pretty persistant bee. It interrupted play in the second set three or four times before they finally really went after it. Was kind of funny to hear Kimiko-san squeal, though ! Otsukaresama, Kimiko-san !

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Bees, if they smell something sweet on you like even just a sugary soda that you had earlier and the traces of it stick on your lips or chin, they often just won't leave you alone. Once I sat outside, then I spilt some soda on my outside table, and a bee came along and it wouldn't go away until I had cleaned away the spillage.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Bee have!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

look out its BEEhind you!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

unusual reaction to bee...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Readers, please note that a bee sting is not trivial.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Mitsubachi Māya strikes again ...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Haha I thought a fight was breaking out, Date has her dukes up ready to go!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's NYC looks like they're mugging her LOL

Once, as kids playing hide & seek, jumped into a bush..... turned out there were bees there...... got stung all over the place...... then just put some ointment and good to go and play some more!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It looks more like a wasp to me.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Sorry, I just thought it was a tennis game gone bad and a fight started... and then I read the title. Bee causin' trouble. If it didn't start nothin' there wouldn't bee nothin' xD

0 ( +0 / -0 )

zichi: Must have been horrible. In any case, while Japanese hornets can be horrible, this is a bee in NY we are talking about. I'm with the 'leave it alone and it will do the same' crowd. This looks like an overreaction to me.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Maybe it was attracted by her perfume. Quercetum, what does the picture do for you?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

To see her squirm in a shy way makes me feel...happy.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How will that bee's mother feel, when she finds out her child is a ghost?

Kill the been and ultimately...You'll have nothing to spread on your toast,

The wasp however is an evil fella, an insect of little worth,

Who buzzes in cars and around jam jars, and must be removed from this earth.

(John Shuttleworth)

0 ( +0 / -0 )

A hornet or mud wasp I could understand, but a bee?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Jeeze, you'd think a tennis player would be able to swat a bee. She's crouched like she's fighting a kangaroo or something...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

It appears no one had the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, oh wait, that only works on Killer Rabbits of Caerbannog!

Okay, forget what I just said and run, run damn you, run for your lives!

And as Brad Crane (Michael Caine) said in the movie The Swarm "We've been fighting a losing battle against the insects for fifteen years, but I never thought I'd see the final face-off in my lifetime. And I never dreamed, that it would turn out to be the bees. They've always been our friend." Thought he deserved an Academy Award for that line...

So to Kimiko Date-Krumm and her allies, fight hard, fight well, but keep fighting!!!!!

Now, if you saw The Swarm (the movie), well then, you are as old as I and you get the joke......

For those that never saw the flick in the theater, the bloody movie was horrible and after 20 minutes you were routing for the bees to win, that is/was the joke!

So, back to your scheduled program.....

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I have never understood fear of insects - just leave them alone and they'll leave you alone, why the drama.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

I remember sitting in my mother's garden with my brother drinking beer and being armed with badminton racquets ( we were pretty handy players ) ready for any wasp who fancied a Guinness. The lad with the racquet has the right idea.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Badge213AUG. 26, 2014 - 03:00PM JST Bee stings are not trivial. As a tennis player a bee sting in the arm can cause serious swelling that can affect a players performance in play. DO YOU want to be the one that loses the game because a bee sting caused swelling and you could not effectively control the racket?

In addition, bee stings can cause serious allergic reactions resulting in death in some people.

Umm, bees don't just attack people for no reasons, you have to attack them first - perhaps this is why Japanese are so afraid of insects; they think (like 'Badge; here bless him) that their goal in life is to attack a human, then die.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites