The glowing mushrooms of Japan

From “Pink Tentacle“:


“With the arrival of Japan’s rainy season, a mysterious type of green, glow-in-the-dark mushroom begins to sprout in Wakayama prefecture. The Mycena lux-coeli mushrooms, known locally as shii no tomobishi-dake (literally, “chinquapin glow mushrooms”), sprout from fallen chinquapin trees. As they grow, a chemical reaction involving luciferin (a light-emitting pigment contained within the mushrooms) occurs, causing them to glow a ghostly green.

The luminescent mushrooms were long believed to be indigenous solely to Tokyo’s Hachijojima Island after they were discovered there in the early 1950s. In 1995, however, mycologists found the fungus growing wild in coastal areas of the southern Kii peninsula, as well as in Kyushu and other areas.

The mushrooms thrive in humid environments, popping up during Japan’s rainy season, which typically lasts from the end of May to July. The caps can grow to as large as 2 cm (about 1 inch) in diameter, but because the mushrooms are prone to dehydration, they only have a few days to live once the rain stops.”

Maybe this explains Super Mario’s power up after eating a mushroom?

1 reply
  1. Ophelia
    Ophelia says:

    about the picture:
    So, you can eat these mushrooms? I LOVE mushrooms!!! They look neat! Nature
    is so pretty. I love to eat mushrooms raw, and cooked. I like them in stir
    fry, soups, tomato sauce, on pizza, in scrambled eggs… I love mushrooms!

    about super mario:
    I don’t know about super mario. I don’t play video games, and my kids used to
    but not too much these days. He powered up after eating mushrooms? What type
    of mushrooms were they? Were they the illegal-kind? (lol…)

    (BTW, I do NOT eat the illegal-kind. lol…)

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