Firefly Hometown Project by ORI
Faint glow of Fireflies flashing in the dark used to be seen anywhere in Japan if you walked along the river on early summer nights. However, the number of fireflies has been decreasing year by year.
Osato Research Institute believes that it is important to exist in harmony with local community and its natural environment. Therefore, it has been making efforts for a firefly protection since 2009.
A firefly spends most of its life in and around water and has been gaining attention as an indicator of the water environment preservation. However, it changes places to live as it grows. For example, firefly larvae live underground for a long time and they start to grow in a river or a pond and emerge on weeds near the water before flying around. Their growing environment is quite complicated and delicate. They need clean water to survive, but it is not sufficient to merely clean the water.
We have been working to preserve the environment which used to be seen anywhere and pass it to the next generation, by giving lectures to the local primary school children and being engaged in environmental activities together with them. We also cooperate with the local administrative officials, interacting actively with “Research Group to Preserve Fireflies in our Hometown Ono-cho”.
This site introduces "Firefly Hometown Project", which is our small effort to protect and preserve the local environment.
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