There was doping. There was a death. There were more medals and more countries than ever before. And there was no stopping the Chinese. Tiny Qatar's effort to prove that the Arab world is ready to host the Olympics came to a close on Friday as the 15-day Asian Games wrapped up.
On the eve of the anniversary on Tuesday of Nagasaki's devastation 60 years ago by the ''Fat Man'' atomic bomb, a steady stream of tourists flowed past the horrific exhibits at the city's memorial museum. There is a clock, its glass smashed and bent hands frozen at exactly 11:02, the moment of the blast.
Hidenobu Murakawa stops his tour for a moment and apologises for the interruption. It's the midday crunch, and he doesn't want to disturb the bereaved.
The crematorium is his pride and joy, and performs 15 000 cremations each year. With precious little space left in Japan for traditional graves, innovation has become important.