I like a spectacular and imaginative fireworks display as much as the next man, and so it was with high expectations that I made my way to the Sky Building in Osaka last night to see in the New Year with my fellow Osakans. On the stroke of midnight, we all cheered and were then subjected to a rather disappointing display, spectacular only in its unspectacularness. An awkward silence fell upon the crowd. A red firework made a fizzling noise. Somebody coughed. Another sneezed. Still, top marks for trying!