firefly (hotaru)

The Rainy Season’s Happy Guests: Creepy Insects

Japan’s rainy season can be very polarizing: some love the constant rainy days, while others hate not being able to recognize the rain from their sweat due to the high humidity. The rainy season starts during the second or third weeks of June and lasting roughly a month, though seasonal lags can sometimes see the…

Enjoy a Delicious Meal and See Summer Fireflies at This Hotel in Tokyo

Japan is a magical place to experience fireflies. It is a symbol of the country’s intriguing beauty during the summer season. There are annual firefly watching events that allow people to see these beautiful creatures, which are now becoming a rare sight. If you haven’t heard of these events before or you’re interested in experiencing…

5 Best Firefly Viewing Events and Spots in Osaka This Early Summer

Firefly sightings in this modern day have become very rare. I used to enjoy watching them light up a whole tree when I was young, but for some reason, they are becoming rare to find. Especially in the city, with all the technological advances everywhere and the colorful bright neon lights flashing in almost every…

Summer Pastime: The 4 Bugs Japanese Kids Love to Collect in This Hot Weather

Catching bugs and insects is a favorite pastime among Japanese kids, especially boys during the summer time. The warm and humid summer is where various insects will be apparent, and usually, elementary school kids and middle school kids would spend time collecting these insects. Collecting these creatures is also one of the common summer homework.…

Explore Sumida Aquarium and Observe the Firefly Night In a Unique Atmosphere!

With the warm summer nights fast approaching, many of us are looking for a fun way to spend the days with our friends and families. With a number of events and activities available during the summer, there are practically endless options for you to enjoy this season. Since the summer is the season to watch…

Spend a Summer Evening in Shibuya Gazing at Fireflies in a Botanical Garden!

Summer in Japan means different things depending on whom you talk to. For most it’s associated with stifling heat and humidity. For some, it’s an exciting time full of festivals and fun! While many know of the fireworks festivals that light up the sky during those hot summer months, not many know of the other…

3 things to look forward to in the rainy season

Rainy days are here again. In most parts of Japan, rainy days start around the beginning of June and last up to about six weeks. The amount of rainfall varies from day to day. Some days will have few showers and some days will have a really heavy downpour. One rainy day, when I was…

4 Glowing Miracles in Japanese Nature at Night

Japan is known for its numerous temples and castles, it is also famous for its innovations, eclectic fashion and superb cuisine. But if you take a look at these glowing nighttime miracles, the country’s other features get pale in contrast. 1. Toyama, Japan The firefly squid, also known as ‘hotaru-ika’ by Japanese, is related to…