Fireflies: An Example of a Decorative Theme

Fireflies were a typical decorative theme. Capturing fireflies was a popular pastime with the upper classes in Japan, which was often featured in Japanese literature and legends. One legend tells of a firefly princess who declared that she would not marry until a suitor bought her a flash of fire. The firefly prince was successful by bringing her himself -- his own body acting as the required flash of fire.
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