When visiting Japan one of the more pleasant insects you might see if you’re a bit lucky is the red dragonfly (aka tombo, 赤とんぼ).
My area seems to be especially famous as many of them used to gather there, but I heard that in recent years there are less and less.
Favorite Photo #3: Aka Tombo – The Red Dragonfly
I didn’t expect to see one at all, but when I visited the Kokoen Garden next to Himeji Castle during the Himeji Yukata Festival in June, I stumbled upon one.
With their bright red color they stick out anyways. It’s hard NOT to see them!
There’s also a rather famous Japanese song called “Aka Tombo“. Nowadays you can find many different versions of it.
Isn’t the red draonfly a beautiful insect?
What do you think?
I hope you’ll be lucky as well and encounter one of the rarer insects or animals – the harmless ones(!) – when traveling through Japan.
Thanks for reading.
I haven’t been lucky enough yet to spot a 赤とんぼ in my area. I’ll have to keep a closer eye out the next time I’m back in Japan :)
The funny thing is that I didn’t look for them at all. It just appeared in front of me!
Now that I am more careful and try to find another one, I don’t get to see any …. ^-^;
Wow – that’s gorgeous!!
It really is! Maybe I should keep one as pet? JK! :hihi:
Those are super pretty. Don’t think I’ve seen anything but rather small blue\green dragon flies here in Tokyo.
I think those are the most common ones anyways. That’s what I’ve been seeing the most, too!
I hope I’ll get to see another red dragonfly soon! :D
I’m no good with insects, but it is quite a sight! :music:
Did you visit Himeji castle too?? I used to always joke with my students about buying Himeji to live in :hihi: It so gorgeous and one of my fave tours :stars:
Well, dragonflies are harmless, so I don’t mind them at all, especially if they’re THAT beautiful!! :D
I didn’t really visit the castle that time, I just wandered around in the park a little to hunt for stray cats! :hihi:
I’ve been to and inside of Himeji Castle many times already – the first time in 2007 when it was still not covered by all those reconstruction thingies.
It’s still one of my favorite castles, though! ^-^
Wow thats Cool! Never knew or seen a red dragonfly before!~ sooo beautiful! I wanna paint 1 now! :D thanks for inspiring me!~ :thumbup:
Comment on your poupee girl later!
Oh, wow! You are welcome!
I’d love to see your work once it’s done if you don’t mind!! :D
Gorgeous! I want to see one too. I’ve heard that there are enormous spiders in Japan, but I’d rather not meet them D:
I chased a lot of dragonflies and butterflies during my summer vacation trip, but it’s so difficult to get good shots of them. They’re just too fast! ^-^;
I love the black and blue ones (that goes for both, dragonflies and butterflies) ^-^
They are so beautiful!
Not only enormous spiders, I fear …. :stressed:
How did you manage to get such a perfect picture?
They must be so fast!!! :sparkling:
I was so happy that I was able to take a decent shot.
Usually I run after dragonflies or butterflies, but they really move fast, so it’s almost impossible to get a nice photo! ^-^;
I saw a yellow one in Japan too. It was very pretty.
I like the blue ones, but I always fail to take a good photo of them. ^^;