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Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

Fireflies / ホタル

Fireflies. Photograph by Flickr user 禾 Lin. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (No derivatives).

Each year in early summer in Japan, if you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of fireflies in late May and early June. Fireflies (Japan is home to the Asian firefly, Luciola parvula) require clean, running water, and have long been a associated with rice paddies, which are flooded in Japan each May.

However, as Japan's farming population ages and rice fields are turned into subdivisions, there are fewer chances to see fireflies every year.

As part of a photography contest held by Tokyo Camera Club in June 2016, a number of photographers submitted amazing and surreal photographs of fireflies from around Japan.

Image by Nakanishi Shingo

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

Image by Instagram user s_t_523

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

Image by Takao Sudo

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

Image by Hiroyuki Shinohara

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

Photo by Takahiro Bessho

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

Photo by Apple Man

— Tokyo Camera Club / @tokyocamerajp

“Genji and sweet sedge duet.” (Ibi, Gifu, June 6, 2016)  #tokyocameraclub #igersjp #lovers_nippon #icu_japan #wu_japan #bns_japan #webstagram #wounderful_places #nightphotography #phos_japan #picturetokeep_night #japan_night_view #special_spot_vip #color_of_day

Tokyo Camera Club tweets in Japanese, and also posts to Instagram and on its own website. Submissions to Tokyo Camera Club photo contests can be followed on Instagram with the hashtag #東京カメラ部.

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