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1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

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 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 (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 by HIRAOKA,Yasunobu /flickr

Yaizu Seaside Firework Festival
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
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
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
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 by sugagaga /flickr

Setagaya  fireworks festival

せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

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

Kawasaki fireworks festival

DSC_0863 by Zengame /flickr

DSC_0694 by Zengame /flickr

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
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
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
Hakodate City, Hokkaido
August 17, 19:40~20:40
3,000 fireworks

Ito Onsen Hashi(chopsticks) Festival Fireworks
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
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


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