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Flashing squids photo shoot!
  • Camille Havas
    Camille Havas
    fraJapan for 500km Nakasendo walk & flashing squids.
    Camille Havas is a French photographer living in Montreal, Canada.

Flashing squids photo shoot!

  • "Flashing squids" photo shoot!

    Camille Havas is a French photographer living in Montreal, Canada. She is planning to walk Nakasendo for 500km and along the way she is hoping to take a photo of flashing firefly squids in the Toyama Bay.


    400km walk in 3 weeks?!

    400km walk in 3 weeks?!

    Camille left Nihonbashi, Tokyo 3 weeks ago and has walked for 400km to Kugenuma station in Gifu prefecture. One of the most memorable places was the view of Magome station in Gifu prefecture. The Japan atmosphere was taken in a photo very beautifully.


  • Collecting firefly squids information.

    Collecting firefly squids information.

    One of the things Camille is looking forward to is the trip to Toyama Bay where so many firefly squids are flashing. After 3-hour bus ride she arrives at Toyama station and goes straight to the "Firefly Squid Museum" to collect the information.


    Helpful information received!

    Helpful information received!

    At the museum you can touch the actual firefly squids. According to the staff the flashing firefly squids can only be seen in May and only during the time of a new moon. Luckily tonight will be the last chance for Camille and she's received an information of a secret spot!


    Hotaruika Museum (Firefly Squid Museum)
    410, Nakagawara, Namerikawa city, toyama prefecture
  • What are firefly squids anyway?

    What are firefly squids anyway?

    Why do they flash? Firefly squids are 4 to 6 cm in body length and they are normally found at the depth of 200 to 700m below the surface of the sea. They are seen on the beach to lay eggs but are not able to return to the sea any longer, and to protect themselves from enemies they flash their feet.


    It's delicious too!

    It's delicious too!

    Camille has received the information she was looking for, now she's hungry and wants to try the "firefly squids" dishes. Okizuke, Usuyaki, Tempura…all firefly squids! She seems to like the taste.


    It was supposed to be a secret spot but…full of people!

    It was supposed to be a secret spot but…full of people!

    Camille arrives at Yaezuhama beach which is supposed to be a secret spot but the lights she can see are not the ones produced by the firefly squids, they are the flashlights that the visitors are carrying! This won't help taking a mysterious photo at all...


    The title is "Firefly Humans".

    The title is

    Camille decides that she won't be able to take a photo that she is hoping to take and moves a bit farther away from the crowd. The title of the photo is "Firefly Humans". The flashlights carried by the visitors actually looks like the flashing firefly squids. She promises to come back with more dates next time!