One of my favorite moments in The Same Moon, my memoir of two years spent regrouping — and teaching — in rural Japan, is a June evening I spent with a friend and her family at their farmhouse in Yamaguchi, Japan. After our make-your-own sushi supper, we wandered outside to the nearby river to view the fireflies.
In that scene, which also was published in an essay in The Christian Science Monitor, I observed,
Well, science has as last confirmed my suspicions: Yes — groups of fireflies do indeed sync up their flashes! Learn more from this piece in The New York Times.
To visit more about rural Japan … writing … the JET Program … getting past an early-life crisis … etc., join me for an author event about my memoir, The Same Moon, on Thursday, July 22, with USJETAA! Learn more and register here: