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Tokyo-It’s a lesson drilled into you at your first Bonfire Night. And your second. And every one after that until you stop celebrating it with your parents - don’t stand too close to the fireworks.

In Japan though, they have no such qualms. The firework displays in the Mikawa province of Japan are a famous spectacle stretching back centuries.

This one, taking place at the Matsudaira Toshogu Shinto Shrine, in the city of Toyota, sees local men hold bamboo tubes that reinforced with rope, filled with fireworks and then set alight.

It is seen as an act of physical fortitude to take part in the ceremony, especially as participants come away with burns over their bodies.

However, bravery is a quality the people of Mikawa hold dear, as, historically, men from the region were seen as the greatest samurai warriors.

The region’s connection to fireworks began when Ieyasu Tokugawa, who ruled Japan from 1603 until 1605, banned the production of gunpowder anywhere except the province - a rule that remained in place for much of the Edo period, which lasted until 1868.

As gunpowder is a key material for the making of fireworks, Mikawa became the centre of the industry in the country, a status that remains intact today.