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Hotaru – Tokyo Fireflies

Posted in Animals, Nature by tokyobling on June 3, 2015

A couple of evenings ago I went to the Chinsanzo Hotel gardens to see the fireflies released there at the start of every summer. I usually go every year but this year there were so many of them I just had to return early tonight with my camera. Capturing fireflies (hotaru in Japanese) is very tricky even with the best of preparations, and I just had my camera, no stand as usual. Although the water is very clean at these gardens there is far too much light pollution for the insects to breed there, although I have see native fireflies in the western parts of Tokyo many times, in the suburbs near the mountains in Hachioji for example, where there are no street lights and very little traffic after dark.

To make the fireflies feel welcome the usually well lit gardens are darkened down considerably, and this photo of mine is almost nothing like what you will see in real life. With the naked eye all you will see is a myriad of small, faintly pulsing lights in near absolute darkness. Obviously this is wonderfully poetic and fantastic experience, but still quite different from photographs. It was far too crowded for me to be able to relax and concentrate on holding my camera steady, so I only had time to get one decent photo. Maybe I will try again next year!


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  1. Stella Olrich said, on June 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    You very good for get photo at fireflies, I see some night before fireflies in my country but no know for take photo its what do 🙂

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  2. Junko said, on June 3, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    It’s amazing you captured them on the photo this much. The Japanese fireflies are treated so well! My children used to love catching them and keep them in a jar overnight and let them go the next day. They fly slowly so you can catch them easily by hand.


    • tokyobling said, on June 4, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Thank you! Yes, I have caught some too, but just to take a photo and then release! They are the loveliest insects in the world I think.


  3. carlotuazon said, on June 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    That is beautiful!


  4. vitriolicmasochist said, on June 3, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    That’s an enchanting photo.


  5. Stella Olrich said, on June 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    without flash? cool! maybe I try a next night to do 🙂


  6. amadl said, on June 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This stiLL Looks magicaL to me 🙂


  7. rudyhou said, on June 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    how awesome. i have never seen fireflies in real life.


    • tokyobling said, on June 29, 2015 at 2:19 am

      Few people have I am afraid.


      • rudyhou said, on July 5, 2015 at 3:23 am

        i think when one lives in a big metropolitan city, there is very little chance of seeing some.


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