June is turning up again, bringing along rainy season and a short visit from fireflies – catch them while you can.
Following the spectacular display of thousands of “fireflies”floating along the packed Sumida River, we’re ready to swap LED lights for the real deal. The ephemeral creatures tend to prefer marshes and wet, wooded areas such as riverbanks, and emerge during a short period in June, after hibernating for a long winter. Some species even hibernate for several years, creating commotion amongst entomologists and other insect enthusiasts when they finally emerge.
In Japanese, fireflies are called hotaru, and just like cherry blossoms or the autumn’s changing leaves, they’re a seasonal occurrence you don’t want to miss. Although you can view the insects in their natural habitat in different parts of Tokyo, the city of Fussa actually breeds and releases its own fireflies, a species named Genji. This is the 48th annual festival, and while the short-lived glowing wonders only appear around 8pm, visitors are welcome for an all-day celebration, complete with the usual festival fare.
Fussa Firefly Festival (click through for more info)
When: Sat June 15
Where: Fussa Hotaru Park (The park is a five-minute walk from Ushihama Station on the Ome Line and Kumagawa Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line)
How much: Free
Main image: T.Kiya on Flickr