KUSHIMOTO, Wakayama Prefecture--Against the silhouette of an equestrian statue here, about 100 skygazers marveled at the peak of the Perseid meteor shower from the evening of Aug. 12.

In the darkness, many meteor watchers looked up at the starry sky to the early hours of the morning while sitting or lying on the lawn and benches near Kashinozaki Lighthouse.

In 1890, the Ottoman battleship Ertugrul sank off the coast here in a storm. The equestrian statute of Kemal Ataturk, the founding father of the Republic of Turkey, stands in a park to memorialize the shipwreck tragedy.