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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hanabi


To signal the onset of summertime, the Japanese hold a string of fireworks festivals (which they call hanabi). These are usually held by the riverbanks where there are vast vacant spaces for the spectators to have picnics as they watch.


I missed most of the schedules last year so I planned to witness them this year. Unfortunately, most of them will be on the last week of July to the first week of August, the biggest of which will be that which will be held by the Sumida river.

But I got an invitation from a Japanese friend to attend an early hanabi last night. Her family had VIP section reservations, right in front of the launching area.

But spoiler rain fell hard. We had to watch the bursts of light through cellophane umbrellas. And since there wasn't much wind, the thick smoke at times overpowered the sparks, obstructing visibility.

I tried taking pictures but it was impossible to capture decent ones. I surrendered, fearing that the camera will get wet.


But it still was a nice experience. I didn't know that the Japanese take these fireworks displays seriously. I saw hundreds of teen-agers in full Japanese yukatta (robes). And despite the rain, people stayed in their mats until the very end. There were thousands of them there, so you can just imagine how the trains looked liked when it was time to go home.

10 comments:

Abaniko said...

I like watching fireworks. They amuse the child in you.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

para rin palang pagsalubong sa panahon yung ginagawa nila..

ok parin naman yung kuha.

sosyalen at nasa vip ang pwesto mo.:)

carlotta said...

wow, interesting. just wondering, why do they celebrate the onset of summer? :)

totomai said...

wag mong sabihin dito ka nag emcee? hehe. naku sinabi mo pa atty kung gano kahirap mag pic nito

moonsparks said...

i love fireworks too. :) sayang umulan

Yodz said...

Whew, amazing. Hope to experience one Hanabi festival before turning 60.
Nice shots.

the donG said...

wow! it really means that summer is a joyous month.

Ely said...

Hmmm...di pa ako nakakita ng fireworks habang umuulan.

Rico said...

I like watching fireworks too. No matter how many times I see it, I always say "Wow!"

MaRyA said...

buti may nakita ka pa torney! dito they had hanabi but we only heard the sounds and didnt see anything except for flashes of lights in the fog! waste of money.