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Motif Information
Motif hotaru 01.jpg
Rōmaji Hotaru
English Firefly, lightning bug
Kanji 蛍, 螢
Kana ほたる
Season Summer
Seasonal Exceptions None
Auspicious No
Motif Type Insect

Hotaru are fireflies or lightning bugs (known as glow-worms in the UK). The fireflies of Japan consist of beetle species belonging to the genus Luciola.

Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings

Hotaru larvae hibernate overwinter and hatch in the spring and summer.

Motif Connotations & Symbolism

Hotaru are believed to represent the souls of the dead, especially the spirits of Minamoto and Taira warriors who died near the Uji River.[1]

Common Motif Pairings

Identification & Style Variations

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Motif Examples

Motif in Literature & Other Usage

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Article Notes

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  1. Baird, Merrily. Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art and Design. Rizzoli Press. 2001. p. 110-1.

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