Subscribe to RSS feed subscribe by email twitter stumble this page  
Do As Tokyo Does Fireworks
(Entered Aug. 18, 2005)
  Recent Do As Tokyo Does:

Japan never lacks for festivals and events. Just when one is ending another one is getting ready to start the next weekend. One big thing is the many firework festivals that take place in the late summer.

fireworks japan

You'd think that if you've seen one firework you've seen them all, which was my attitude before going, but that's not necessarily true here. Back home fireworks come in a variety of nice colours but are all basically the same 'flower' shape. Over here however, you can see various shapes like hearts, smiley faces, butterflies, saturns, as well as some poorly defined, famous cartoon character shapes which you kind of have to use your imagination a little in order to see. I didn't manage to get any of these shapes on film as they only last for a micro second or two before they are gone. However, every 10 minutes or so, they'd let off about a thousand fireworks at once, making it easy to capture some of the action.

fireworks japan

Lots of fun, but an hour and a million and one fireworks later you're ready for something different. At least that's me. Japanese people are obviously fanatics about fireworks as evidenced by the unbelieable number of people watching. The particular event I went to is not one of the biggest, but damn, there were like a trillion people, all swarming around as far as the eye could see in any direction. Here's the view from my left.

fireworks japan

And my right. Swarms of people to the edge of the horizon.

fireworks japan

Here's the view in front of me. Yes, those are people across the river, crowding the riverbank on the other side. Why is it light out? We arrived a few hours before the show started. Obviously we weren't the only ones with this idea.

fireworks japan

The train station itself was a nightmare, it took me 10 minutes just to get through the throngs and out the gate. Going home was worse. we waited for more than two hours after the show at a restaurant before we went back and the station was still crowded. Can't wait until next year so I can do it all again!



Abandoned Ginza
Tokyo International Forum
The Largest City in the World
Maman under Roppongi Hills
Rainbow Bridge at Night
Gundam Cafe
Barbershop Heads
Tokyo Realtime Akihabara
Ukishima Factory Walk
Library or Bookstore?
Luxurious Lavatory
Hie Shrine Akasaka - 100 Torii
Last Gasp of Sakura
Kawasaki at Night
Concrete and Trash
In Japan, Cute Rules
Takeshita Street - Harajuku
Hanami 2010
Tokyo's Nonhuman Denizens 2
All Entries

Tripbase Blog Awards 2009
Tripbase Blog Awards 2009


Recent Comments...

Recent Artwork:
winter beauty

Blogroll - Friends:
Michael John Grist
Comicrocosmos by SZLIN
Jason Collin Photography
Philbuchan's Weblog
The Itinerant American

Blogroll - Japan:
Alive in Kyoto
An Englishman in Osaka
As I See Japan... From L.A.
Gaijin Tonic
i, cjw
Japan Probe
Japan Sugoi
Tokyo Times

Blogroll - Elsewhere:
Buy Absinthe
The Daily Kimchi
Travel Photo Blogging

Great Art Sites:
Red Bubble
Deviant Art


Blender Poll  
  Mike's Facts
sheep on the hunt