Fireworks light up Japan’s night sky in the summer

Photos by Miyuki Takiguchi
Photos by Miyuki Takiguchi

Fireworks light up Japan’s night sky in the summer

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Throughout the summer, Japan’s night skies light up with the brilliance of “hanabi,” or fireworks. With more than 80 fireworks festivals scheduled nationwide, you’re sure to have an opportunity to catch one during your stay.

On August 2, a 25-minute-long display of about 20,000 fireworks splashed over Yokohama City’s Minatomirai District. The “Smart Fireworks Festival” was a way to lift the spirits of locals through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan’s Hanabi are known worldwide for their artistic qualities – perfect shape, exquisite colors and enormous size, as well as the poetic sense of ephemerality they produce. In many cases, a single firework changes colors two to three times after it is launched. If you missed the fireworks in Yokohama, don’t worry. There are plenty more scheduled this summer!


Check out upcoming fireworks:

Scheduled fireworks display events in Japan



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