There are three things that, above all others, say: "Summer in Japan" - shaved ice, cicadas and fireworks.
Each year, millions of people gather to watch fireworks displays at river embankments across the country.
The first, arranged by the government in 1733 along the Sumida River, which flows through the eastern part of the capital Tokyo, was part of a spiritual festival to comfort the souls of the hundreds of thousands of people who had died following food shortages and a cholera epidemic.
People still shout the family names of two pyrotechnicians, Tamaya and Kagiya, who played a major role in the development of fireworks in Japan. But these days, it is more about families and friends getting together.
On Saturday, more than 20,000 fireworks were set off along the Sumida River, and nearly a million people gathered to watch.
China's television regulator has ordered a crackdown on dramas about the country's battles with Japan during and before World War Two and demanded they be more serious, state media said on Friday, following viewer complaints about ludicrous storylines. (Reuters )
Shukan Post (May 24) conveys the difficulties experienced by other parts of the adult-entertainment biz in servicing customers from the communist nation.
A deri heru (“delivery health”) call-girl tells the tabloid that she is often requested to arrive at major hotels in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro entertainment areas of Tokyo by Chinese visitors. (Tokyo Reporter)