photo by Masanobu Higashiyama

Last night in Tokyo an enormous cumulonimbus cloud hovered over Tokyo for hours, bringing with it a spectacular light show that at times felt like the end of days. But the thunder and lightning also afforded photographers the opportunity to capture the storm system. One of the most ‘striking’ photographs was by Masanobu Higashiyama, a reporter from the Asahi Newspaper.

Those familiar with the Ghibli film Laputa will identify the cloud not as its scientific name but as “the Dragon’s Nest.”

More spectacular footage came from twitter user @realpizza2, who captured a time-lapse of the storm from the North of Tokyo.