Tokyo Fireworks Festivals 2015

Tokyo Fireworks Festivals 2015

What does summer remind you of?

Probably, many of the Japanese will answer, “Fireworks!”  Indeed, the fireworks display is one of the popular traditions in Japan.

The very first fireworks festival in Japan was “Sumida River Fireworks Festival” held in 1733 by the 8th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune to repose the soul of the victims of a great famine and bad diseases.  Although fewer people are aware of the original purposes nowadays, the art of fireworks is still admired similarly as in Edo Era with calls of “Kagi-ya” and “Tama-ya” that are the names of the two greatest manufacturers in Edo Era.

The so-called Tokyo’s Three Greatest Fireworks

Sumida River Fireworks Festival since 1733
Schedule Saturday, July 25, 2015
from 7:05 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue Sumidagawa riverside
(2 sites: Asakusa Area & Mukojima Area)
Description This is the recorded oldest fireworks festival in Japan since the Edo Era.
About 20,000 fireworks or more will be displayed in the sky over the Sumidagawa River.
Tokyo Bay Taika Fire Festival since 1988
Schedule Saturday, August 8, 2015
from 6:50 pm to 8:10 pm
Venue Harumi Terminal Park, Tokyo Bay
Description About 12,000 fireworks will be lighting up in the sky over the Tokyo Bay, in the north of the Rainbow Bridge.
Website The 27th time Tokyo Bay Taika fire festival
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival since 1988
Schedule Tuesday, August 11, 2015
from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue Maiji Jingu Gaien (the outer garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine)
Description About 10,000 fireworks will be set up in the center of Tokyo, which can be seen in the Aoyama & Harajuku areas.

Her are more fireworks displays:

Katsushika Fireworks Festival
Schedule Saturday, July 21, 2015
from 7:20 pm to 8:20 pm
Website About holding of 2015 Katsushika Fireworks Festival
Edogawa City Fireworks
Schedule Saturday, August 1, 2015
from 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue Edogawa Riverbed
(Edogawa city Kamishinozaki 1-chome 25th metropolitan Shinozaki Park front)
Tamagawa Fireworks Festival
Schedule Friday, August 22, 2015
from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue Futako Tamagawa Ryokuchi Ground, Setagaya-ku

The word, firework, is written as “花火” literally means “flower of fire.”  Why don’t you go and enjoy the flowers blooming up in the summer sky, wearing a casual cotton kimono for summer, yukata, with a must item, uchiwa, a paper fan?

FYI:  there are also Japan’s Three Greatest Fireworks Festivals:

National Fireworks Competition, “Fireworks in Oomagari,” since 1910
Schedule Saturday, August 22, 2015
from 5:30/6:30 pm
Venue Omonogawa riverside, (Oomagari Area) Daisen-city, Akita
Description About 15,000 fireworks or more will be lighting up the sky ver the Oomagari Area’s Omonogawa River.
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition, since 1925
Schedule Saturday, October 3, 2015
from 6:00 pm
Venue Sakuragawa riverside (Gakuen-ohashi Area), Tsuchiura-city, Ibaraki
Description About 20,000 fireworks will be set off over the Sakuragawa River in the Gakuen-ohashi Area.
Website Tsuchiura City
Nagaoka Festival Fireworks Displays, since 1946
Schedule August 2 (Sun) – 3 (Mon), 2015    from 7:25 pm (tentative)
Venue Shinano River, Chosei-bashi Bridge Area, Nagaoka-city, Niigata
Description About 20,000 fireworks will light up the sky over the Shinano River in the Chosei-bashi Bridge Area for two nights to pray for the soul of the war victims and those who worked for recovery from the war as well as for an ever-lasting peace.


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