Some of the most popular summer activities include beach bathing, watermelon and ice-cream snacks, fighting mosquitoes and, above all, firework displays. This year I was able to admire the one in Bordeaux.
I love the grandeur of the fireworks bursting into the starry sky, but I'm particularly fond of the senkouhanabi, the tiny hand-held fireworks that are typically Japanese. Wise and unadorned, they represent for me the soul of my compatriots. When I was a child, with my brother and some friends, we used to have fun making these thin rods last as long as possible, at the end of which a glowing ball projected sparks.