Ladies and gentlemen, it's getting a little hot, but how are you doing?
From today onwards, the 72 seasons will become Kusaretarukusahotaru, the next season after Mousse. It is the time when fireflies light up and fly around.
In the olden days, people believed that fireflies could be reborn from rotten grass and bamboo after farming.
When you think of fireflies, you may think of Genji fireflies and Heike fireflies, which live in beautiful waterfronts, but there are more than 40 types of fireflies in Japan.
To my envy, there are 20 types of fireflies in Okinawa, which is half of that number.
The light of fireflies dancing in the banyan forest on a night after rain is said to be even more mysterious.
Today, I would like to introduce the traditional Japanese colors related to the "light" of fireflies.
In the darkness of the night, the sight of the fireflies flickering with their gentle yellow light is very fantastical, and truly mysterious and mysterious.
Such a vivid and mysterious yellow color is called “Touou”.
Originally a traditional Chinese pigment, it is made from "Hypericum perforatum", which is native to Southeast Asia. Due to its very bright yellow color, it has been widely used in Yuzen dyeing and Japanese paintings in Japan.
The sight of fireflies fluttering in the light and fluttering about makes my heart flutter, both now and in the past.
Have you ever seen the light of fireflies?
Especially on the banks of clear streams, fireflies dance wildly from this time of year.
The yellow light of fireflies, which has captured people's hearts since ancient times, was originally a communication of "love" when the female responds to the male calling out to the female.
However, people in the past thought that this wicker-yellow light was the "soul of the dead" or "the regret".
In the background, it is said that "Genji" and "Genji" of Genji firefly originated from Yorimasa Minamoto, a military commander who died in the Genpei War.
And the lifespan of the Genji firefly is about two weeks... They don't eat food, they just drink water.
"The water here is sweet."
It might be a good idea to look for opportunities to meet fireflies with various thoughts this year.