I'm a NoVA girl living in Japan for the year, teachin' the English to Japanese middle schoolers. The town I'm living in is famous for its annual firefly festival (and little else.) Thus, I felt it my duty to dress up as a hotaru (firefly) and show my Tatsuno pride. I'm attending a big Halloween party two towns over on Saturday, and I just finished my costume. The best thing about it is, aside from the clothes which I already had, everything came from the 100 yen shop (like a dollar store, but <I>so</I> much better).
Hat = yarn from the 100 yen shop
Tail = tap light, gift wrap netting, belt, double stick and clear tape...all from the 100 yen shop
Wings = wire, pliers, pantyhose, glitter glue from, you guessed it, the 100 yen shop.
The funny thing about the Tatsuno firefly festival is that the insects are not native to this area, so they breed them specifically for the festival and then they all die like a week later. Kind of lends the costume an air of the macabre...right?