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Photographer travels across Japan snapping incredible firework displays

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These kaleidoscopic images showcase the sheer beauty of the mammoth firework displays held across Japan every summer. The Japanese word for fireworks, hanabi, means fire flower, and each year, local governments in Japan throw around 7,000 festivals, or hanabi taikai. Photographer Makoto Igari, 32, has spent the last three years diligently following the festivals across his homeland, covering rainbow-colored bursts exploding over vast crowds, displays bright enough to illuminate the cities below and works of incredible symmetry. (Caters News)

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Tsuchiura National Fireworks Competition, Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Tamamura Fireworks Display, Tamamura Town, Gunma Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Akagawa Fireworks Display, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Koga Fireworks Display, Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Hitachi Sand Art Festival, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Akagawa Fireworks Display, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Kihoku Lantern Festival, Kihoku Twon, Mie Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Oyama Summer Festival, Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Star Island, Daiba, Minato Ward Tokyo Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)


Nagaoka Festival Grand Fireworks Show, Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. (Photo: Makoto Igari/Caters News)