Hanabi – That’s Fireworks To You

It was fireworks season here a few weeks ago, and they do it a bit different than in blighty.

There’s about a week of firework displays of various sizes, the big ones in Osaka can have up to 50,000 people or more apparently, and the show lasts over an hour.

We went to a small affair in Takarazuka (famous for the type of theatre where women play all the roles and dress up as men, very popular amongst women and is named after the place where it started “Takarazuka“), which turned out to be located in a car park next to a river.

The good thing about “hanabi” (fireworks, or firework watching) is that many young people (usually girls) dress up in Yukata or Kimono. I’ve been told that you get to about 25 and can’t be bothered to show off your kimono to people, so you stop wearing it. So you get to see lots of people walking around in traditional clothes, and even men in yukata (like a simple kimono/dressing gown) and geta (wooden clogs).

Takarazuka Car Park

Takarazuka Car Park

Yukata

Yukata


I’ve been told my many people that Japanese fireworks are legendary, and go on for hours and are breathtaking.

Maybe so, but unfortunately not at Takarazuka. I mean they were good, but maybe I was expecting too much.
Unfortunately though in between each burst of 5 minutes of fireworks there was a long delay where some woman told a story or something before it started again, and a one point there was a technical glitch and we waited about 30 minutes for it to get going again (many people started leaving before then).

It was good fun and I enjoyed it, especially when a couple of girls (about 4 years old) behind us, starting sarcastically singing “owaaari” – “finished” during the delays. đŸ™‚

I’ve heard that some shows have fireworks that reveal Hello Kittys face in the sky, etc. which does sound mighty impressive but not that night.
Oh, another thing, they usually don’t do them to music, like in the UK (The Ally Pally show last Novemeber was particularly impressive, and well timed to the tunes), but here they did, but didn’t quite grasp the concept.
The music would carry on a couple of minutes after the fireworks stopped or vice versa. Strange.

Next year, gonna go to one of the bigger displays and get a real taste of “Hanabi“.

Hanabi

Hanabi

Fireworks

Fireworks

Hanabi

Hanabi


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