Fireworks festival Symbol of Japanese summer

Summer is known as the festival season in Japan. Regardless of which city we go to, Nai Province has a festival for us to see. One of them is the Fireworks Festival, or Hanabi, let’s take a look at the origin and how to prepare to enjoy Japan’s Fireworks Festival.

Every year during the months of July to August of Japan. No matter where we go, we can hear news about fireworks throughout the festival. Fireworks are considered a Japanese summer festival. The word is the word fireworks in Japanese Hanabi (Hanabi:花火) Hana means flower, lights, meaning any business that is not a fire, fireworks, or a flower.

Let’s see how the Japanese enjoy the fireworks festival.

The origin of the fireworks festival

There are many tales about the origins of fireworks in Japan. The most likely story is probably the story of Japan’s first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. Receive fireworks as a gift from King James I of England. And Chinese merchants around the year 1613

After the fireworks became more popular. A group of nobles and nobles in Edo. Or Tokyo today Usually come together to see fireworks along the Sumida River.

The beginning of the fireworks festival is 1733. The eighth generation of Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Yoshimune, has commanded the Suijinsai Festival to worship the gods of the water, known as the Ryogoku River Fireworks Festival. It is a dedication to the spirits of the dead and eliminating the danger. And became the starting point of The present Sumida River Fireworks Festival, which takes place in the summer every year, other cities have launched their own fireworks festivals throughout Japan.

What are the best fireworks festivals in Japan?

Most fireworks around the world are held to celebrate special occasions. But in Japan it can be said that it is really organized for entertainment. It’s like going to see cherry blossoms in spring. It is like a time when we will be happy with friends or loved ones. Sit, eat, drink Sitting and chatting while watching the flowers illuminate in the sky.

Another difference is the duration of the fireworks. If it’s a big event This can take up to 2 hours, and small jobs will take less time.


Various types of fireworks

Most of the fireworks in other countries Will be packed in a cylindrical shell When it is set up, the fireworks will burst into a long stream like a fountain. But Japanese fireworks are packed in round shells. Causing time to break out to be more spherical

Recently, more and more fireworks have been developed. Until causing fireworks in various shapes such as hearts in cartoon characters The colors are very beautiful.

As with other festivals in Japan, stalls selling food, snacks, toys are lined up near the venue. You can buy it to sit and eat at the fireworks viewing spot. Or to find a place to stand and look closer Shops to experience the lively atmosphere as well.

Most fireworks festivals Just find an empty place And put a mat to put on, we can watch for free But have to exchange for the seat reservation early Several hours before the event began Because of this big event Some events therefore have special seats. To have the cost But we are guaranteed to have a seat where you can fully enjoy the fireworks.

In addition to the seats in the event area Some tall buildings near the venue even sell tickets to watch fireworks on the rooftop. Unfortunately, most of them have to book in advance and usually only have Japanese.

Take something with you to watch fireworks


If you just want to see the fireworks Bring a drink and a little snack and go find a stand. But if you want to go for a comfortable seat.  should  bring a plastic mat for the seat.

Actually, we don’t have to prepare anything. Because you can buy snacks, beverages, plastic sheets, seats at the convenience stores near the event. But as I said, there may be a lot of people and have to wait a long time to pay in line.

There is no need to go to see fireworks in particular. But what I would recommend to try is wearing a yukata. I have a yukata but I don’t know when to wear it. Fireworks and festivals in summer are the perfect opportunities. If not, that’s fine. There are many shops that sell and rent dresses.

Many Japanese people are glad to see foreigners interested in their culture. Walk along.


We might meet auntie walking over to see how beautiful it is. Or maybe you can walk in to help tie the obi straps to your waist, or help arrange our outfits into the way as well.

If not beautiful yukatam, The recommend to be a normal dress, thin fabric and comfortable to wear.  T-shirt and shorts is fine. Comfortable shoes Because we may have to walk to an event or viewing point that is far from the station If so, you may want to carry a light coat with you as the weather is hot. But when the night falls, the weather may get colder. Especially if going near a river or sea.

If you come to Japan in the summer Let’s try to find a chance to see the fireworks festival. Will be work in different cities Or famous Japanese events like these 5 events.

1. Adachi Fireworks (Tokyo): July 21, 2018
2. Tenjin Matsuri Hono Fireworks (Osaka): July 24-25, 2018
3. Sumida River Fireworks (Tokyo): July 28, 2018
4. Naniwa Yodo River Fireworks (Osaka) ): August 4, 2018
5. Edogawa Fireworks (Tokyo): August 4, 2018

Let’s enjoy the spectacular fireworks festival in Japan.

Try on a yukata and come see the beautiful and spectacular fireworks festival. Representatives of the Japanese summer.