Summer is time for fireworks!
And if you ever happened to see fireworks in Japan (called “hanabi”), I tell you that it’s THE BEST!
Hanabi season usually starts at July when summer vacation for students is ongoing, then continues in a row during August in which obon yasumi (considered as summer holiday for the companies) also takes places. Being sponsored by the government across the country, it’s often said like a moment to show the prestige of each organizer (aka city holder) and an attempt to put the proud of the residents’ hearts since their taxes also contribute to this exhibition 😀
Okay, so because of our plan to visit Indonesia (aka “mudik”) in August, we looked for the chance to see hanabi beforehand. We finally went to this No.2 Famous Tokyo Fireworks last Saturday (2017/07/22) and captured almost full-time show either in videos and pictures while persuading a 2-years-old toddler who was getting scared to all those explosion sounds :))
This fireworks was said to launch 12K fireworks within an hour in the riverside of Arakawa river. Compare to the No.1 Tokyo’s Sumidagawa which has 30K fireworks yet with the crazier crowd to face, I think this one is a big deal. We came at the location around 5.30 PM and easily got nice spot close to the stairs that we needed little time to escape of the venue once the show finished.
Watching famous fireworks in Japan means we have to be ready joining the mass movement after (even before) show no matter the type of transportation you plan to use, so get well prepared before leaving home. The signal might not work too with thousands of spectators flooding in one area.
We lounged for departure train from Kamata to Uguisudani (JR Keihin-Tohoku Line) and still got seats in the packed bus from Uguisudani station to the location, but as expected for the return trip, we had to think quite hard to find option for avoiding people flow in the station. Hahaha. In short, after killing time by eating dinner, walking 20 minutes to the station, shopping some snacks, lining up toilet, and checking the bus station (they stopped operation), almost 10.30 PM we decided to take the train in Umejima station and surprisingly it had been back to normal, then we changed for JR Keihin-Tohoku at Ueno and could rest for a half-hour travel in the priority seats.
Suggested access for this event in Japanese: http://trend-news-today.com/4060.html