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Fireworks have been a special feature of summer in Japan since Edo period. A variety of fireworks festivals are scheduled to be held throughout Japan every year.
About Japanese Fireworks
The most prominent feature of Japanese fireworks is they form circular shape.
Some sources say that is because circular shape allows all people, regardless of rank or whatever, to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of fireworks from all angles.
Also, Japanese fireworks have been always associated with flowers, which are circular in shape.
We call fireworks "Hanabi", which literally means "Fire Flowers".
Thus, Japanese traditional types of fireworks are named after flowers such as Kiku (Chrysanthemum) and Botan (Peony).
*See more types of fireworks below
People in Japan are also concerned about booming sounds of fireworks. The roaring sounds are never considered as noise, but counted as soothing sounds which can reach the deepest part of our hearts, just like drums.
Pyrotechnicians in Japan never stop surprising people in the world with their amazing craftsmanship. They can even show you a famous Japanese animation character, Doraemon, in the night sky.
Also, Japan holds Guinness World Record of "The largest aerial firework shell" weighs 464.826 kg (1,024.76 lb). It measured 748 m (2,454 ft 0.81 in) in diameter when it was launched.
Types of Japanese Fireworks
Basic flower pattern of Chrysanthemum with the lights resemble meteor trail. The colors appear gradually after explosion.
This one is also a basic flower burst pattern like "Kiku" but the differences are with no meteor trail like lights and the colors appear at the timing of explosion.
Shin-iri(Double or Multi layered)
Double or multi layered flower patterns with additional gunpowder in the center of shells of "Kiku" and "Botan".
Senrin(A Thousand Chrysanthemum)
A lot of small flowers of fireworks, look like chrysanthemum, explode at the same timing.
The fireworks spin around with the bee-like sounds.
Big and graceful pattern looks like a huge willow.
Rapid and continuous shots from a dozen to more than a hundred, showing unique and gorgeous burst patterns. Star Mine is usually the highlight of many events.
Named after Niagara Falls as it looks like a gigantic fall of lights when it explodes.The width of the light fall would be from several meters to around 1,000 meters.
Tips to fully enjoy Fireworks
Tip #1:If you go there by train, get your return ticket when you arriv to avoid all the overwhelming crowd which is beyond your imagination.
Tip #2: Arrive the place a few hours in advance before getting dark and before being dangerously crowded
Tip #3: Poeple will show you respect if you don't secure your space/seats more than you need and shere the amazing show with as many people as you can.
Tip #4: Go to the bathroom in advance and don't drink too much before the show to avoid a long line for the bathroom.
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