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The fireworks display at Lake Biwa in Kyoto during Obon was astounding. It utterly dwarfed any such display I’ve personally seen in the U.S. For the most part it did not photograph very well — I would have needed to set my camera on a tripod and have it take lots of rapid-sequence shots to have much hope of catching things at the right moment — but this one came out pretty well. (The shadow impinging on the left is a tree; the spot of light lower down is someone’s cell phone. I don’t know how many thousands of people were there, but judging by the crush in the train on the way out, it felt like the entire population of Kyoto.)