Bug in a Box

March 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm Leave a comment

Fireflies hold a special place in my heart. Ever since watching the animated drama “Graveyard of the Fireflies,” I’ve always felt something both beautiful and sad about the tiny, winged creatures.

I’ve never seen a firefly in real life so this cool toy is the next best thing. You get three battery-operated bugs flickering brightly with the power of LED. They sit snugly inside a grass-blanketed bamboo cage that you can carry around wherever you go.

Keeping bugs in a box is a popular childhood hobby in Japan. Boys like collecting stag beetles; studying their body structure or pitting them against each other in a head-to-head brawl. Though in the countryside, I’m sure kids collect fireflies instead. They’re so much cuter and you can use them to light the way to the toilet in the middle of the night.

$91 is a hefty tag for a bunch of fake flies, yet I find myself strangely drawn into getting one. It makes me think of the brother and sister in the movie and how hard they struggled to stay alive during the war. I think that’s the power of movies. They make ordinary things into something extraordinary. ^^


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