Hanabi Fireworks in Aichi / Gifu / Mie/ Shizuoka 2015

How “Hanabi” fireworks are special in Japan

You know?
Fireworks in Japan, Hanabi, are a bit different from your country’s.

The reasons are;

  1. Many people (especially young people) enjoy Hanabi in Yukata (Yukata: summer casual Kimonos)
      This makes the atmosphere very special. People are excited, and many are with a smile on their face.
      I think Japanese like to share the sense of unity, and the Hanabi festivals are just the place to bring those feelings.
      There are also many stalls which sell various foods, goods and entertainment game.

  2. Wide variety of the fireworks
      The Hanabi have so many colors, shapes, variations to entertain the audience, thanks to the effort by the Japanese pyrotechnician.
      Each Hanabi has a flower name. “Hanabi” in Japanese literally means “flower fires,” and Japanese liken Hanabi to flowers or man’s life.

  3. They emphasize on the timing, pause and narrativity of Hanabi
      The Japanese enjoy watching the fireworks sitting at the riverside for about 1 hour.
      Mostly, there are some themes for the show.
      Sometimes, Hanabi shoot off at some long interval. And also, some Hanabi make a whistling sound and a pause before they explode. The pause is, the important, valuable aesthetics for the Japanese. It has an effect to raise people’s expectations for the next Hanabi.

It’s said that big Hanabi festival started as a requiescat in Edo period (around 18th centuries), so many Hanabi festivals are held in the summer-time.
Hanabi festivals are special event for many couples and families, and are the feature of summer in Japan.
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Hanabi Festivals Schedule around Nagoya

There are so many Hanabi festivals in summer, so I’ll introduce the popular big festivals.
(*Most information websites are in Japanese, so feel free to ask me for translation or more information)

    July 18
  • Ise Jingu Shrine Dedivation Fireworks Festival ⇒POSTPONED TO 9/13
      Shots: approx. 10,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 230,000 people
      Access:At Miya River, the closest station is Yamada-Kamiguchi sta.

    July 24
  • Toba Minato Festival
      Shots: approx. 6,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 110,000 people
      Access:At around Toba Marine Terminal, the closest station is Toba sta.

    July 25
  • Nagara River Chunichi Hanabi Festival
      Shots: approx. 30,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 300,000 people
      Access:At Nagara River, the closest station is Gifu sta.

  • Kuwana Riverside Hanabi Festival
      Shots: approx. 10,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 180,000 people
      Access:At Ibi River, the closest station is Kuwana sta.

    July 26
  • Toyokawa Oiden Festival
      Shots: approx. 13,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 360,000 people
      Access:At Yahagi River, the closest station is Toyotashi sta. or Shin-toyota sta.

    Aug 1
  • National Hanabi Convention at Nagara River
     One of the biggest Hanabi festivals in Japan. Has a tremendous impact.
      Shots: approx. 30,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 400,000 people
      Access:At Nagara River, the closest station is Gifu sta.
  • Okazaki Castle Ieyasu Summer Festival
      Shots: approx. 20,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 460,000 people
      Access:At rivers near the castle, the closest station is Higashi-okazaki sta. or Okazaki-koen sta.

    Aug 2
  • Shimizu Port Festival
      Shots: approx. 10,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 300,000 people
      Access:At Shimizu Harbor, the closest station is Shin-shimizu sta.

    Aug 3
  • Gero Hot Spring Hanabi Musical Performance The “Gero Odori” dances and some ceremonies are also interesting.
      Shots: approx. 13,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 38,000 people
      Access:At Hida River, the closest station is Gero sta.

    Aug 8
  • Fukuroi Enshu Fireworks ←English Site Available
      Shots: approx. 25,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 320,000 people
      Access:At Haranoya River Shinsui Park, the closest station is Aino sta.

    Aug 9
  • Hida Takayama Hand-held Fireworks
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      Shots: approx. 180 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. ? people
      Access:At Miyagawa River, the closest station is Takayama sta.

    Aug 13
  • Hida Kanayama Hanabi Festival
      Shots: approx. 10,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 11,000 people
      Access:Near Kanayama-bashi bridge, the closest station is Hida Kanayama sta.

    Aug 13
  • Kariya Wansaka Festival
      Shots: approx. 7,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 150,000 people
      Access:At Kariya General Sports Park, the closest station is Fujimatsu sta.

    Aug 17
  • Kumano Big Hanabi Festival
      Shots: approx. 10,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 170,000 people
      Access:At Shichiri-mihama bay, the closest station is Kumanoshi sta.
    Sep 8
  • National New Hanabi Convention
      It’s at Nagano pref., but it is one of the most fantastic festivals.
      Shots: approx. 18,000 shots
      Expected number of visitors: approx. 300,000 people
      Access:At Lake Suwa, the closest station is Kami-Suwa sta.


  Have fun experiencing the joyful atmosphere of the Hanabi festivals. Usually, there are many events, dance performances, stalls with local dishes, special place to drink and Hanabi viewing boats.
Smaller festivals are held in many places in Japan, so summer would be a good season to visit Japan.

By the way, in Tokyo, I could see many firework festivals held in several places from the Tokyo Sky Tree at once. (Though I had to look down the fireworks from the 634m Sky Tree..) So, maybe you could view some fireworks from the Midland Square’s Sky Promenade (the tallest building around here), too!

Everywhere is crowded, so be sure to plan enough time for the festivals!
 
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