2008/07/21

Fireworks

Japanese people LOVES fireworks.


Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki


Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

I remember that when I was a child and lived in Chicago, fireworks were prohibited and independence day was the only time I could see fireworks (maybe it has changed...?) but in Japan, we have LOTS of firework events.

The "BIG 3" Tokyo firework festivals are:

隅田川花火大会 (Sumida-river Fireworks)
Place : Asakusa
Go to Aasakusa station or Kuramae station and walk from there
Date : 26th July 2008 19:10-20:30
About 20,000 fireworks
About 980,000 people attended last year


2008神宮外苑花火大会 (Jingu Gaien Fireworks)
Place : Jingu stadium
Need to pay if you want to go into the stadium. Fireworks can be seen from outside.
Go to Gaienmae station or Aoyama-1choume station and walk from there
Date : 7th August 2008
About 10,000 fireworks
About 1,000,000 people attended last year


東京湾大華火祭 (Tokyo Bay Great Fireworks)
Place : around Tokyo Bay
Go to Toyosu station or Kachidoki station and walk from there
Date : 10th August 2008
About 10,000 fireworks
About 35,000 people attended last year

This is the video I took last year, of Sumidagawa fireworks from my friend's house.



This is the video I took last year, of Odaiba fireworks from Miraikan.



It would be nice if you can get a yukata- summer version casual kimono - like this :)



Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

Beware that there is going to be a BIG crowd of people though- as you can see from the "number of people expected" above. It's going to be really really packed.


Photo CC-BY-NC-SA by Fumi Yamazaki

As you can see from the far back side of this photo, some people rents the boat and watches the fireworks from the boats. The boats reservation fills up quickly though...

Enjoy!
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