Hotaru Koi (Ho, Firefly), is a popular Japanese children’s folk song. The Japanese word for a firefly is “hotaru.” They have been a metaphor for passionate love in poetry since Man’you-shu (8th century). Their eerie lights are also thought to be the altered form of the souls of soldiers who have died in war. Hotaru Koi is thought to have originated in Akita prefecture in the northern part of Japan.

Recorded on March 5, 2013 at the 'Fujii Percussion & Voices' concert presented by Soundstreams At Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. Performed by the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Chorale

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