Gallery: Snapshots of Japan's blistering summer
With the notoriously unpredictable rainy season finally drying up and the sun breaking through the clouds, it can only mean one thing in Japan -- the summer silly season is officially upon us.
As in most countries, it’s a time of year punctuated by annual rituals; some frivolous, some born of centuries of tradition.
We take a quick flick through the photo album to highlight a selection of some instantly recognizable seasonal markers.
From dangerous 40 C heat waves and lottery fever to fatigue-beating rituals and good, old-fashioned fun in the sun, here are a few of the highlights of a Japanese summer.
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