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Surreal Photos Of Fireflies From Japan’s 2016 Summer
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Surreal Photos Of Fireflies From Japan’s 2016 Summer

We often give you great reasons to visit Japan. The scenery. The lights. The weirdness. But for those of you who still aren’t convinced, here’s yet another brilliant excuse to visit the Land of the Rising Sun. Fireflies!

Every summer, for very short periods, these magical bugs turn forests in Japan into beautiful stages for their ephemeral light shows while trying to attract a mate. And every summer, in the early evening, photographers set out to snap these shows in beautifully evocative photographs. Fireflies are often difficult to find because they don’t like other forms of light (the divas), so you need to be good at hide and seek as well as a skillful photographer if you want to capture their amazing displays for yourself. Because the flash from fireflies is brief and intermittent, photographers often use long exposure shots taken from a tripod in order to capture the sorts of mesmerizing pictures that you can see below. (h/t: spoon&tomago)

Image credits: Yu Hashimoto

Image credits: Hiroyuki Shinohara

Image credits: Yume Cyan

Image credits: hm777

Image credits: Nomiyama Kei

Image credits: Asuka I

Image credits: fumial

Image credits: hm777

Image credits: Daisuke Aochi

Image credits: zabby

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

Every child should have the memory of trying to catch fireflies in a jar. These photos reminded me of my childhood. Excellent shots, regardless of when they were taken.

Хакан
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5 years ago

This reminded me the film "grave of fireflies". Watch it.

Koko Sempai
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5 years ago

no, no, no, that movie destroyed my weekend, it was SO SAD (T_T) but yeah, it was good tho

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Caroline Driver
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5 years ago

Why do people use the word surreal when they mean ethereal? There's nothing surreal about these beautiful pictures

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Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
5 years ago

Every child should have the memory of trying to catch fireflies in a jar. These photos reminded me of my childhood. Excellent shots, regardless of when they were taken.

Хакан
Community Member
5 years ago

This reminded me the film "grave of fireflies". Watch it.

Koko Sempai
Community Member
5 years ago

no, no, no, that movie destroyed my weekend, it was SO SAD (T_T) but yeah, it was good tho

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Caroline Driver
Community Member
5 years ago

Why do people use the word surreal when they mean ethereal? There's nothing surreal about these beautiful pictures

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