“Hanabi”：花火 Japanese Fireworks
“Hanabi Taikai”, Fireworks Festival, is a specail attraction of summer in Japan. It has a long history, the oldest one known, the Sumida River Festival, going back hundreds of years.
From July to August hundreds of festivals are held throughout Japan. In large festivals, as many as 20 thousand fireworks are set off during the hour to hour and a half festival.
Fireworks are shot up one after another with huge blasting sounds, and a few seconds later turn in to beautiful flowers covering the sky. Actually, not only flower shape, but some look like huge golden willow trees with their branches overhanging in the sky. Some are uniquely shaped like UFO’s, hearts, or the faces of popular cartoon characters.
If you have a chance to visit Japan in the summer, please take an opportunity to visit one of the festivals, to blow away the humid hot weather. But be sure to check out good viewing spots beforehand, as literally a milion crowd visits large festivals in cities like Tokyo or Osaka!
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