Monday, August 22, 2016

Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan

Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan
Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan

This is about the fireworks in Tokyo and the summer festivals in Japan.

In Tokyo last weekend for just one night, living a #Travelife, we went to see the fireworks festivals along the Tama River instead of going out for a fancy dinner on my one night in Japan.

It was literally a quick overnight trip but it was also the night of the famous Tokyo fireworks festival so we decided to join some friends for some fun.

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EVERYONE ELSE DID THE LEGWORK

Just like in previous years, for the fireworks festival in Tokyo last weekend, some friends very kindly did the leg work, and all I really did was show up. I'd just had a cooking event in Manila the previous day and I was just in Tokyo to pick up something important that I'd forgotten, and I was completely exhausted.

For the fireworks last weekend, someone found a way to secure a very good place by the river to view the fireworks, and he laid claim to this patch of grass from the day before -- a good 24 hours before the start of the fireworks.

Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan

A PICNIC SPOT
THE SIZE OF A SWIMMING POOL

He has got this down to a science by now as he does it every year. Thank goodness for a friend like him.

He then got four very large tarpaulin mats and taped these together, and placed this on this space. The result was that we had a place to sit on that was about the size of a modest swimming pool, for about 15 people.

Watch out for this guy's foodie adventures in our upcoming issue. He really makes me laugh. On sale next week...


NOT THE AMAN TOKYO.
BUT GOOD ENOUGH.

It wasn't the Aman Tokyo, but it wasn't the cramped hardship situation I always feared, regarding fireworks festivals in Japan. I hate crowds and small spaces, which is also why I need big hotel rooms and I don't usually eat in small restaurants.

For this fireworks festival, though, I had enough space to sit down and relax, and I could even have lay down if I wanted.

Everywhere else was cramped and crowded, save for this mat the size of a swimming pool, with 15 people on it.

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GETTING TO KNOW MORE
GETTING TO THE TAMA RIVER

To get to the Tama River fireworks festival, we drove about 15 minutes to the suburbs and deposited the cars in parking lots about 10 minutes away. There's absolutely no parking near the fireworks venue, and all the roads are blocked.

Most people take the train so there was no traffic on the road at least until this point, and we had no trouble finding parking places at all.

From here we took taxis to the point where the roads were blocked. And from there, it was about a ten-minute walk to the "swimming pool."


Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan
JUST IN TIME FOR CHAMPAGNE

We got settled in about 45 minutes before the fireworks began, which was just enough time to pop open the champagne and enjoy a few nibbles.

The fireworks show itself was magical, seen right on top of us. It was one whole hour of non-stop fireworks. 

I can just imagine how the Akita fireworks are, if the Tama River fireworks were this impressive, on this beautiful summer evening in Tokyo, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


Fireworks in Tokyo and summer festivals in Japan
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JAPAN'S TOP 
SUMMER FIREWORKS FESTIVALS


Omagari Fireworks

Akita Prefecture


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Lake Toya Fireworks

Hokkaido Prefecture


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Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

Ibaraki Prefecture


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Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Tokyo


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Nagaoka Festival Fireworks

Niigata Prefecture

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