Events:

fall foliage forecast for 2017

Fall color is at peak in the Taisetsu Mountain Range, Hokkaido. (September 24, 2017)

https://tenki.jp/kouyou/expectation.html

when and where to see fall foliage (Japanese version only):

https://tenki.jp/kouyou/

https://weathernews.jp/s/koyo/

https://koyo.walkerplus.com/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/leaf/

http://www.rurubu.com/season/autumn/koyo/


Current foliage reports (Japanese version only):

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/weather/koyo/


seasonal flowers:




Friday, August 16, 2013

fireworks festivals (4)

Shimanto City in Kochi Prefecture reached 41.0 degrees Celsius on August 12, and set a new record for the hottest temperature in Japan.

The annual Bon Festival started on August 13. I visited the family grave with my family. After preparation of the festival, we lit a bonfire outside our home to guide the deceased members of my family in the evening. We will light a farewell bonfire to see our ancestors  off this evening.


"PHOTO CONTEST 2012 the most beautiful villages in Japan" winners were announced.
the most beautiful villages in Japan (Japanese version only):
http://www.utsukushii-mura.jp/
photo contest 2012(Japanese version only):
http://www.utsukushii-mura.jp/photocontest2012

Sudden heavy downpour washed out the Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival yesterday. The trains were stopped because of the thunderstorm, and about 5,000 spectators spent the night at 15 public facilities.



Chofu City Fireworks Festival
(第31回調布市花火大会 〜スポーツ祭東京2013開催記念〜)
Chofu City, Tokyo
August 24, 18:45~19:45
9,000 fireworks

花火/fireworks
花火/fireworks by hiyang.on /flickr


                             "Smiley"

IMG_8118
IMG_8118 by y_uno /flickr


                             "Heart"

IMG_8121
IMG_8121 by y_uno /flickr


IMG_8151
IMG_8151 by y_uno /flickr


PA200028
PA200028 by Zengame /flickr


PA200194
PA200194 by Zengame /flickr


PA200195
PA200195 by Zengame /flickr



IMG_8178
IMG_8178 by y_uno /flickr


PA200130
PA200130 by Zengame /flickr




Sagamihara fireworks festival
(相模原納涼花火大会)
Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
August 24, 19:00~20:15
8,000 fireworks


相模原納涼花火大会
相模原納涼花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr





Fireworks festival in Kagoshima
Fireworks festival in Kagoshima by yuko_okuy /flickr


Kagoshima Kinko Bay Summer Night Grand Fireworks
第13回かごしま錦江湾サマーナイト大花火大会
Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
August 24, 19:30~20:40
14,000 fireworks

Fireworks festival in Kagoshima
Fireworks festival in Kagoshima by yuko_okuy /flickr



Red Hot
Red Hot by Deacon MacMillan /flickr




Yokkaichi Fireworks Display
第26回四日市花火大会
Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
August 25, 19:15〜20:30
4,000 fireworks
























110827
110827 by yoco** /flickr
Gobo City fireworks festival
Gobo City Fireworks Display
御坊市花火大会 2013
Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture
August 24, 20:00~21:00
2,400 fireworks

110827
110827 by yoco** /flickr




JOSO KINUGAWA FIREWORKS 2013
常総きぬ川花火大会2013
August 31, 18:20~20:20
7,000 fireworks


HanabiLusion2009
HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr


HanabiLusion2009
HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr


Dandelion
Dandelion by inoc /flickr


Flower on the dark sky
Flower on the dark sky by inoc /flickr


HanabiLusion2009
HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr


The 31st All Japan New Fireworks Competition
諏訪湖新作花火大会(全国新作花火競技大会)
Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
September 7, 19:00~20:30
18,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


"Kiss of Fire"

At first, fireworks burst in two different parts of the water. Two fireworks move towards each other. The show was named "Kiss of Fire" because the fireworks appear to be kissing.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙




Katakai Festival Fireworks Display
片貝まつり浅原神社 秋季例大祭奉納大煙火
Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture
September 9-10, 19:30〜22:20
15,000 fireworks

The fireworks display has a history of 400 years.
At this festival, a 120-cm(48-inch) diameter shell is launched at 10:00 p.m. on each day. It's the biggest fireworks in the world. It reaches 800 meters high and makes an 800-meter diameter when exploding.

2007_0909_210315BA
2007_0909_210315BA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr


2007_0909_194559AA
2007_0909_194559AA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr



2007_0909_193621CA
2007_0909_193621CA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr




2007_0909_211356CA
2007_0909_211356CA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr


2007_0909_194101AA
2007_0909_194101AA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr



Swan Festa 2013
スワンフェスタ2013協賛道新花火大会
Muroran City, Hokkaido
September 7, 19:30〜20:10

Swan Festival 2006
Swan Festival 2006 by daita /flickr




Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
第82回土浦全国花火競技大会
Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture
October 5, 18:00〜20:30
20,000 fireworks

fireworks shell

花火玉
花火玉 by yellow_bird_woodstock /flickr


IMG_0695
IMG_0695 by y_uno /flickr


IMG_0656
IMG_0656 by y_uno /flickr


HANABI
HANABI by inoc /flickr


HANABI
HANABI by inoc /flickr


hanabi

hanabi by inoc /flickr

Fire fall
Fire fall by inoc /flickr




土浦全国花火競技大会_152
土浦全国花火競技大会_152 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr


土浦全国花火競技大会_092
土浦全国花火競技大会_092 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr


土浦全国花火競技大会_153
土浦全国花火競技大会_153 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr



IMG_0619
MG_0619 by y_uno /flickr
I



洞爺湖ロングラン花火01
洞爺湖ロングラン花火01 by daita /flickr



Lake Toya Long-run Fireworks
第32回 洞爺湖 ロングラン花火大会
Toyako-cho, Hokkaido
April 28-October 31, 20:45〜21:05
450 fireworks every night











花火/fireworks
花火/fireworks by hiyang../flickr




Konosu Fireworks Festival
こうのす花火大会
Konosu City, Saitama Prefecture
September 29, 18:00~
15,000 fireworks





Saturday, August 10, 2013

fireworks festivals (3)

It's brutally hot. We have been lacking sleep lately because of the heat. Shimanto City in Kochi Prefecture eached 40.7 degrees Celsius on the 10th.

Kumagaya is known for being one of the hottest areas in summer in Japan.
Kumagaya City in Saitama Prefecture and Tajimi City in Gifu Prefecture reached 40.9 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in Japan in August 2007.

熊谷花火大会
熊谷花火大会 by w00kie /flickr

The 64th Kumagaya Fireworks Display
(あついぞ!熊谷 第64回熊谷花火大会)
Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture
August 10, 19:00〜21:00
10,000 fireworks







LIGHT UP NIPPON 2013
http://lightupnippon.jp/ (Japanese version only)
August 11, 19:00〜22:00
15 venues in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures

This event started to cheer up victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Fireworks will be launced at 15 venues in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures. In Tohoku Region, several fireworks festivals have not been held after the quake.

photo by 北海道無料写真素材集 Do Photo

Kachimai Fireworks(勝毎花火大会)
Obihiro City, Hokkaido
August 13, 19:30〜20:45
20,000 fireworks











DSCF0570
DSCF0570 by HIRAOKA,Yasunobu /flickr

Yaizu Seaside Firework Festival
(第38回焼津海上花火大会)
Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
August 14, 19:30〜20:30
5,000 fireworks



photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙






photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival
(第65回諏訪湖祭湖上花火大会)
Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
August 15, 19:00~21:00
40,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


    2,000-meter-long waterfall fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙



The annual Bon Festival takes place from August 13th to the 16th. The souls of the dead are believed to return to their families during the festival.

Toro-nagashi(灯籠流し) is the last event of the Bon festival held in many areas. People float paper lanterns down the river or the sea to send off the spirit of their ancestors.


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Miyazu Toro Lantern Floating & Firework Festival
(宮津燈籠流し花火大会)
Miyazu City, Kyoto
August 16, 19:30〜20:30
3,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


Miyazu Toro-nagashi(宮津灯籠流し, Toro Lantern Floating) has a history of 400 years.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

At the first Bon Festival following the death of a family member, the bereaved carry a decorated boat Shoro-bune(精霊船) to the venue of fireworks on August 16.



photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙





The boats and paper lanterns are floated down the sea 1.5 hours before the firework festival starts.


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙




The boats are burned down at sea. 





photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙








Lantern Floating and Fireworks Display
(第64回とうろう流しと大花火大会)
Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture
August 16, 19:30〜20:15
10,000 fireworks



photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙



Tamagawa fireworks festivals(Setagaya, Kawasaki)
Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture
August 17, 19:00~20:00
6,000 fireworks at each venue

Two fireworks festivals will be held on both sides of the Tama River on August 17.


せたがや花火大会
せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

Setagaya  fireworks festival


せたがや花火大会
せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr














せたがや花火大会
せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr


Fireworks @ Tamagawa
Fireworks @ Tamagawa by aki.sato /flickr


Kawasaki fireworks festival



DSC_0863
DSC_0863 by Zengame /flickr





DSC_0694
DSC_0694 by Zengame /flickr



DSC_0900
DSC_0900 by Zengame /flickr







神宮外苑花火大会2009(Jingu-gaien fireworks 2009)
神宮外苑花火大会2009(Jingu-gaien fireworks 2009) by imgdive /flickr

Jingu Gaien Fireworks 2013
神宮外苑花火大会
Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
August 17, 19:30~20:30
10,000 fireworks
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙










Kumano Grand Fireworks Festival
(熊野大花火大会)
Kumano City, Mie Prefecture
August 17, 19:10〜21:30
10,000 fireworks








After an igniter on the boat light a firework, the boat rushes away.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙


photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙




Yunokawa Onsen Fireworks
(湯の川温泉花火大会)
Hakodate City, Hokkaido
August 17, 19:40~20:40
3,000 fireworks





Ito Onsen Hashi(chopsticks) Festival Fireworks
(伊東温泉箸まつり花火大会)
Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture
August 22, 20:30~21:00
about 1,550 fireworks



photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙





Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition
(第87回全国花火競技大会「大曲の花火」)
Daise City, Akita Prefecture
August 24, 17:30~18:15, 18:50~21:30
18,000 fireworks

It's a national fireworks competition for pyrotechnicians started in 1910.



For more information about Omagari Fireworks at http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2011/09/fireworks-festivals.html