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Okazaki Fireworks Festival

岡崎城下家康公夏まつり

The Okazaki Hanabi Festival took place on August 5 in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture this year. Joel Hadley Jr came to watch and this is what he saw.

Okazaki Hanabi Festival.

This was the 69th time the festival was held and it being August the weather is always very hot and humid. It is now traditional for young people, especially, to attend these mid-summer festivals in colorful yukata toting uchiwa flat fans.

The main fireworks display lasts from 6.50pm-9pm and includes an Edo Period boat on the river launching some of the fireworks. Firework manufacturers compete each year to see who produces the best show.

Okazaki Hanabi Festival, Aichi.

Okazaki is the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu and it was during his time in Japan that fireworks were first introduced to Japan by Chinese pyrotechnicians brought over to Japan by British merchant John Saris.

Okazaki Hanabi Festival, Aichi Prefecture.

Around a hundred food stalls, lit by lanterns at night, serve food to the thousands of spectators who attend the festival from all over Aichi Prefecture.

Okazaki Hanabi Festival, Okazaki, Aichi.

The festival takes place along the river in Okazaki and in the grounds of Okazaki Park, which surrounds the castle. The nearest stations to Okazaki Park are either Higashi Okazaki or Okazaki Station on the Meitetsu Line from Meitetsu Nagoya Station.

You can see more of Joel’s take on Japan on his YouTube channel.

39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival 2016: Big Glam Bangs!

第39回隅田川花火大会

Fireworks explode at the 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival.
Fireworks explode at the 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Tokyo.

The 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival happened on Saturday, July 30, 2016. This year’s festival was as massively popular as ever, with the usual combined spectator crowd of an estimated 800-900 thousand people occupying the riversides and bridges of the Sumida River in Taito and Sumida wards, in eastern Tokyo.

The Sumida River Fireworks Festival has two locations from where the fireworks are let off: one by Komagata Bridge, a little south of Asakusa, and one by Sakura Bridge, about 1.3km upstream. Although separate locations, the fireworks they let off are carefully coordinated, and enhance the spectacle by creating a superimposed and complementary effect. Each location let off approximately 10,000 fireworks in the hour and a half that the display lasted, for a total of over 20,000 colorful, spectacular, intricately crafted bursts of blazing light – all with the towering Tokyo Skytree in the background.

As usual dozens of lantern-lit pleasure boats lined up a little downstream, around the Asakusabashi/Ryogoku stretch of the Sumida River, full of parties there to enjoy themselves over food and drink on the water against a backdrop of fireworks, or what in Japanese are called “fire flowers” (hanabi 花火).

Most vantage points – like the bridges across the Sumida River – are free, but there were 4,000 seats reserved along the Sumida River offering a ringside view for between 6,000 yen (on the banks near Ryogoku) to 30,000 yen (on the baseball ground of the Taito Riverside Sports Center).

This year was a little different from previous in that security was extra tight after the terrorist incidents that have rocked France in particular over the past few weeks. Over 6,400 security personnel, many armed, were mobilized to safeguard the Sumida River fireworks event – although their presence was by no means conspicuous.

This year’s Sumida River Fireworks Festival was blessed with perfect weather: clear, dry skies with just a light, cool breeze – such good climatic fortune by no means being guaranteed at this time of the year when the rainy season has yet to come to an end.

Next year’s Sumida Fireworks Festival will be the 40th, but it is hard to imagine how the big 40th will be able to outdo the splendor and drama of this the 39th.

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