The Japanese eagerly await the month of June every year. They crowd along riverbanks, lakes or nearby water zones in hopes of seeing a show only Mother Nature knows how to put on – a poetic moment that draws people of all ages and only plays in the evening when all the conditions are in place.
With summer comes a natural phenomenon which announces the arrival of the new season to the Japanese. Rain is usually dreaded in this season, but it becomes an advantage, perhaps even the necessary ingredient to the magic. After a downpour, when the air is still balmy and humid, smalllights appear by the hundreds, sometimes even by the thousands, like tiny lanterns floating in the heavens – fireflies.
Try to picture the wonder in your children’s eyes as this unrivaled show unfolds! A unique and ephemeral moment in time – fireflies only live for 7 to 10 days, and that only occurs during mating season. The only way to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon – which is actually the fireflies’ intimate “conversation” – is to be discreet. This experience is a singular one because it can only live on in your memory… It is not possible to capture it on camera, at least not without using the flash, which would most likely disturb the luminescent dance.
The shining signals are how fireflies communicate with one another. They occur thanks to a chemical reaction in their lower abdomen that causes this exceptional phenomenon, called bioluminescence.
During your stay at Hoshino Resorts KAI Izumo, in Shimane Prefecture, take a look around you as night falls for a chance to admire the show. Finding the fireflies is as easy as identifying humid or wooded areas, ideally clean ones near a river since fireflies are picky. And to be certain not to miss the moment, keep an eye on the weather and check the websites dedicated to this happening called “hotaru matsuri”.