It’s hard to believe there was a time when fireflies outnumbered the neon lights of Tokyo. Luckily there are still places outside the capital where the glowing insects still reign.

Throughout the months of June and July, areas across Japan will hold hotaru matsuri (firefly festivals), and several of those will start this weekend. Riverside locations near three major cities — Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima — will hold such nighttime gatherings, promising more than 3,000 fireflies at each event.

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