White flowers in the night by Takahiro Bessho In Japan, many fireworks' festival are held in August. This is because Japanese August has a special period called O-bon, when dead ancestors come back to this world to meet us. Fireworks are launched for our dead ancestors and dead people to show our gratitude. Fireworks have some spiritual meaning in Japan.
Maiko Takahiro (by Onihide). Takahiro wore a very delicate and soft Hiki with a lush painted Peony motif on a shibori-style background with hints of lavender and a very lush liquid grey. She looked stunning on this day, all dressed up for an outdoor photoshoot. I believe Mamehana was the other model for this shoot and she wore the magnificent Maneki Neko-Obi of Ninben Okiya. Hiro-sans Hiki is more subdued but still amazingly gorgeous!
Flowers in the night - I got some question for this picture. This is not a combination of many shots, nor Multi Exposure work. This is taken by just only 2sec long exposure. Japanese fireworks are skilful and technical, so there is a lot of patterns to show their art. In the picture you see now, the fire starts to burst from the lake's surface to the sky gradually. If you open the camera's shutter adequately for the bursting moment, you can also take the image like this.