Fireflies in My Backyard 裏庭の蛍 [English and Japanese]

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Fireflies in My Backyard

The full moon is coming soon. The moon behind the trees in my backyard was very beautiful last night. There are no lights in my backyard, and there are no streetlights next to my property on the main street either. That's why the nighttime becomes quite dark near my house. The moonlight and stars shine beautifully, just like in the photo.

In late spring and summertime, I see fireflies in our yard. There are many fireflies, so the dark yard becomes quite bright. The light of the fireflies is orangish. When there are clusters of fireflies, I see a bright, bulb-like light in my backyard and front yard. I never tire of watching and searching for fireflies in the dark yard. It's even more fun when the full moon is shining.


I took this photo from the small window in the bathroom. I can see the backyard very clearly. I love watching outside through this small window. There were many fireflies last night as well.

When I think about fireflies, I often remember the movie 'Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)' originally written by Akiyuki Nosaka, written, animated, and directed by Isao Takahata, and produced by Studio Ghibli. I love Mr. Takahata's movies a lot. His movies are very beautiful but melancholy. 'Grave of the Fireflies' is also a very good movie but sad. Fireflies are a symbol in the movie. I hope I can see fireflies in my backyard for a long time this year as well.

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Oh you still get fireflies there? That's great! We sometimes see them here, but it has become very rare, unfortunately. I remember when I was a kid in Indiana we could see them every night. I used to enjoy catching them in a jar and keeping them for awhile before letting them go again.

Your memory of fireflies in Indiana sounds very nice! We have many of them, but sometimes I feel a bit melancholy thinking about what if we don't have these nice small living things because of environmental changes.

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:) oh, i remember having so much fun catching them in a jar. (release later tho)

Thank you for your comment! It sounds interesting! I have never caught them and put them in a jar. It must be very bright.