Colouring the Night Sky: Hanabi Season

Feelin’ HOT HOT HOT! Summer has descended in all of its sunny, warm and humid glory. The temperature went above and beyond the forecast today, reaching 36°C ! And summer in Japan means one thing… the beginning of Hanabi season!!

Like many countries, Japan takes pyrotechnics very seriously, and you can be sure whether it’s at Disneyland or a national fireworks competition, you will see a well-synchronised, spectacular, colourful show. I did a bit of research so I could share with you the top fireworks festivals, as well as to make sure I don’t miss out on any! There are loads of smaller fireworks festivals especially around Shinjuku, but the top summer festivals are found in Tokyo’s outer suburbs of Itabashi, Adachi, Katsushika and Edogawa, as well as the inner suburbs of Sumida and Chuo.

Tokyo Wards - fireworks locations

Tokyo wards –  top fireworks festivals locations

Here are the top festivals, ordered by date…

第35回足立の花火

The first fireworks festival to get the party started is the Adachi Fireworks Festival. It’s also currently ranked the most popular fireworks show in Japan!
When >> July 20th 2013, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Where >> Ara River in Adachi ward
Visitors >> About 590,000 people
Size >> 12,000 fireworks, 4 shows:
1) fireworks representing the 4 seasons
2) fireworks in all sorts of shapes and famous characters
3) fireworks synchronised with a music soundtrack, including the “Niagara Falls” fireworks
4) fireworks synchronised with music. The climax of the show this year will be fireworks in the form of a “full-bloom cherry blossom tree”!

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第47回葛飾納涼花火大会

Next is the Katsushika Cool Summer Evening Fireworks Festival.
When >> July 23rd 2013, 7:20pm-8:20pm
Where >> Edo River, Katsushika ward
Visitors >> About 580,000 people
Size >> 12,000 fireworks

Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival. Image by calvinmyjourney.

Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Festival. Image by calvinmyjourney.

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第36回 隅田川花火大会

One of the oldest and most famous fireworks shows in Tokyo is the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.
When >> July 27th 2013, 7:05pm-8:30pm
Where >> Sumida River, Sumida ward (near Asakusa)
Visitors >> About 950,000 people
Size >> First site = 10,716 fireworks; Second site = 12,050 fireworks

Image by てんどん (http://photozou.jp/photo/show/141110/145311514) [CC-BY-2.1-jp (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.1/jp/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sumida River Fireworks and Tokyo SkyTree. Image by てんどん.

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第54回いたばし花火大会

Kicking off the August festivals is the Itabashi Fireworks Festival.
When >> August 3rd 2013, 7:00pm-8:45pm
Where > Ara River, Itabashi ward
Visitors >> About 520,000 people
Size >> 11,000 fireworks

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第38回江戸川区花火大会

On the same day as the Itabashi Festival, is the massive Edogawa Fireworks Festival.
When >> August 3rd 2013, 7:15pm-8:30pm
Where >> Edo River, Edogawa ward
Visitors >> About 900,000 people
Size >> 14,000 fireworks

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第25回東京湾大華火祭

Another hugely popular August festival is the Tokyo Bay Fireworks Festival.
When >> August 10th 2013, 6:50pm-8:10pm
Where >> Tokyo Bay, Chuo ward
Visitors >> About 650,000 people
Size >> 12,000 fireworks

Tokyo Bay Fireworks 2012. Image by Norio Nakayama [http://www.flickr.com/photos/norio-nakayama/7766652600/]

Tokyo Bay Fireworks 2012. Image by Norio Nakayama.

For more information on fireworks in Tokyo and around Japan, visit Hanabi Walkerplus.

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4 thoughts on “Colouring the Night Sky: Hanabi Season

  1. 豪華な(ごおかな)打ち上げ花火(うちあげはなび)は 河川(かせん)の水面(すいめん)に 映って(うつって)見えると、さらに 美しいです。空いっぱいに 色とりどりの 花が咲いているようで、この世のものとは 思えない 幻想的な 世界ですね。火薬(かやく)が 
    爆発(ばくはつ)する音が、さらに 人々を 興奮(こうふん)させるようです。
    一万二千から四千本(ぼん)の 火薬をつかう そうで、それで あんなに 大きな音を立てて 見事な 花火ができるのですね。花火大会の思い出を あとで 教えてください。

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  2. Hi, I agree that definitely it will be really great to catch up HANABI festivals, the Japanese style fireworks around in Tokyo and Kanagawa.

    I heard that the one held in the Yamashita park, Yokohama city will be also exciting, it seems that’s the newest fireworks recently in Kanagawa and Tokyo. I assume that it’s a brand-new trend, then we’ll have a meetup under such a nice great fireworks, if you have any interests on it, feel free to join us! http://www.triphugger.com/2015SummerFireworks0718_en.htm

    Thanks!
    Shiro

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