Cultural coleopterology in modern Japan, II: the firefly in Akihabara Culture
Kulturna koleopterologija vo moderne Japoniji, II: světlušky vo kulture Akihabara


Faculty of Education, Department of Science and Mathematics, University of Fukui, JAPAN


Abstract: This paper introduces six cases relating to fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) in Akihabara Culture. In general, fireflies are used to evoke a romantic and dreamy atmosphere in the world of comics, animation, and computer games. In contrast, they are sometimes regarded as possessing a deeper spiritual significance or even as sinister symbols.

Abstrakcijny: Tuta paper predstavije šest' prikladu odnositi se k světluškam (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) vo kulture Akihabara. Světlušky sa objavuji vo komiku, animaci i kompjutorovih igrach ako nositiele romantičneho a soniveho nastrojenje. Sut ale tož nekokdy priglednaje ako simboli glupši duhovne važnosti.

Keywords: fireflies, cultural coleopterology, Akihabara Culture, modern Japan

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Please cite as: Hoshina, H. Cultural coleopterology in modern Japan, II: the firefly in Akihabara Culture. Ethnoentomology 2, pp. 14–19, 2018. 

Ethnoentomology 2018

Volume: 2

Page range: 14–19

First published online: 9.6.2018

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