Yesterday my wife, our two youngest daughters and I went to a 花火大会 (fireworks show).
My oldest went to the fireworks show with her friends.
One of our daughter’s friends came with us, too.
My wife and daughters prepared a wonderful picnic for us to enjoy during the show (just as they do every year !)
We had おにぎり (rice balls), 枝豆 (soy beans), イカ (squid), 寿司 (sushi), corn on the cob, pineapple slices, and beer (the kids had grape soda)! Wonderful!
Fireworks shows in Japan are great. It feels like summer has officially started with the fireworks shows.
Even before the fireworks begin, the feeling of Japanese summer is in the air…
the sounds of 蝉 (Cicada (if you don’t know what a Cicada is…you can read about them on this Wikipedia page)), people eating スイカ (watermelons), the jingling of 風鈴 (wind chimes), and people wearing 浴衣 (summer kimono) and 甚平 (traditional summer outfit).
Here’s photo of some people sitting down before the start of the fireworks show:
Here’s a couple videos I took of people finding a spot to watch the fireworks (there were many people dressed in 浴衣 (summer kimono) and 甚平 (traditional summer outfits) but not so many can be seen in these videos ) :
If you ever have a chance to watch a 花火大会 (fireworks show) in Japan, you’ll feel they’re excellent, I’m sure.
Also you may hear people shout 「タマヤ」 (“Tamaya!”) and 「カギヤ」 (“Kagiya!”) when the fireworks go up and explode. It’s not heard as much today as it used to…but some people still do.
This came about because centuries ago, fireworks shows were done by the Tamaya company. After a while, some workers formed a rival company called Kagiya. When that company started, the two groups would compete at fireworks shows to put on better displays.
From then on, Japanese people would call out “Tamaya! Kagiya!” at fireworks shows.
Anyways, here are six videos that I took at yesterday’s fireworks show (it’s hard to appreciate fireworks works on small YouTube screens…to really appreciate Japanese fireworks shows, come to Japan in the summer and watch one in person!)