Fireflies magic lights in Japan

While some in Japan see June as the month of the dreaded humid days and summer rains…

It’s also a time to see a beautiful natural phenomenon: fireflies.

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Yu Hashimoto
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Hiroyuki Shinoara

Since it’s mating season for them around that time, these little bugs light the night sky aglow, looking almost magical in the process—like little floating lanterns.

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Yasushi Kikushi

Japan’s two most common types of firefly are the genji-botaru and heike-botaru, which, for some reason, were named after rivaling clans during the Heian period.

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Perhaps it has something to do with how the phenomenon of fireflies emitting light is also known as hotaru gassen, or “battle of the fireflies.”

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Tokyo has already enough neon lights to make its nights bright, but it’s now time to take out your camera and capture the fireflies in all their glory!

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