Fireflies Sing is intended to be an accessible discussion of interesting tidbits of Japanese culture, literature, and art, focusing on the Muromachi (1336–1573) and Momoyama (1573–1603) periods and the early Edo period (through about the Shimbara rebellion in 1638).

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Kihō's Dutch Arms

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Kihō is a monk and wandering poet from Momoyama Japan (1573–1603). In the Society for Creative Anachronism, he is a Companion of the Order of the Daystar and resides in the Barony of Carolingia. Mundanely, he is known as Xavid, a budding software engineer who occasionally spends time locked in mortal combat with Japanese reference works, armed only with a dictionary and a pointy stick.