梅雨 (The rainy season) will be over soon in the Tokyo area and then the rest of summer will be filled with hot, humid, sunny days.
In Japan, 夏 (summer) means スイカ (watermelon), 祭 (festivals), 海 (the beach), 小鳥線香 (mosquito repellent coil)…
and 花火 (fireworks)!
In the evenings of July and August (usually on the weekends), there are summer 花火大会 (fireworks shows) all over Japan.
If you go to a fireworks show in Japan,
- you should bring a picnic style food and drinks for yourself and your group…there’s no BBQ grilling done at fireworks shows in Japan,
- bring a plastic tarp sheet for your group to sit on…but, although many people do it, you’re not supposed to use the sheet to reserve a spot for yourself ahead of time,
- if you want to use 線香花火 (sparklers), don’t wave them around…it’s considered dangerous in Japan,
- you can wear 「ゆかた」 (summer kimono) or 「じんべい」 (Japanese traditional summer shorts / shirt outfit) if you want to,
- and Japanese people call out 「たまや！かぎや！」 (“Tamaya! Kagiya!“*) when the fireworks go up…you can yell that out too, if you want. (* Long ago, Tamaya and Kagiya were competing fireworks companies in Japan. Fireworks spectators began to call out their names to egg on their competition to make bigger and bigger displays. Today it remains popular to shout it out at fireworks shows.)
There are too many fireworks shows around Japan to list them all, even just in the Tokyo area there are too many to list.
But here’s a list of the main ones in the Tokyo area and the date of the summer 2009 shows (also you can click here to see a list of some of Tokyo’s Fireworks shows on my “Festivals in Tokyo“):
- 宮島水中花火大会 (Miyajima Suichu Fireworks Show) in 広島 (Hiroshima) – Friday, August 14
(It’s far from Tokyo…but this show gets special mention. The photo in this post above is of this fireworks show. (The rest of the shows on this list are in Tokyo.)).
- 調布市花火大会 (Choufu-shi Fireworks Show) – Saturday, July 18
- 葛飾納涼花火大会 (Katsushika Nouryou Fireworks Show) – Tuesday, July 21
- 足立の花火大会 (Adachi Fireworks Show) – Thursday, July 23
- 隅田川花火大会 (Sumida River Fireworks Show) – Saturday, July 25
- 飯田橋花火大会 (Iidabashi Fireworks Show) – Saturday, August 1
- 江戸川花火大会 (Edo River Fireworks Show) – Saturday, August 1
- 青梅市納涼花火大会 (Oumeshi Nouryou Fireworks Show) – Saturday, August 1
- 昭島市民くじら祭夢花火 (Akishima-Residents Whale-Festival Dream-Fireworks Show) – Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2
- 江東花火大会 (Koutou Fireworks Show) – Tuesday, August 4
- 日刊スポーツ主催2009神宮外苑花火大会第30回記念大会 (30th Nikkan Sports Shusai Shrine Outer-Garden Fireworks Festival 2009) – Thursday, August 6
- 東京湾大花火祭 (Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival) – Saturday, August 8
- 八丈島納涼花火大会 (Hachijyoujima Nouryou Fireworks Show) – Tuesday, August 11
- 第五回せいせき多摩川花火大会 (5th Performance Tama River Fireworks Show) – Tuesday, August 11
- 世田川区たまがわ花火大会 (Setagawa-Ward Tama River Fireworks Show) – Saturday, August 22
If you want any more information about these or other 花火大会 (Fireworks shows) in Japan (such as how to get there, the times of the shows, etc), please feel free to post a comment (click here), or contact me with this E-mail form, and I’ll help you as much as I can: