The Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals

The summer season is approaching day by day in Japan.Now here in Niigata Prefecture, the temperature is going up to 27 degrees Celsius.

When it comes to Japanese summer traditions, fireworks displays are the essential tradition that we Japanese can’t do without.

In summer, fireworks festivals take place in various regions across Japan as the list that Japanese Wikipedia compiled shows.

Among those fireworks shows, have you ever heard of the ones that are called ‘the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals (日本三大花火大会)’?

The Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals

Generally, the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals mean the ones of the present day.

The Edo version of ‘the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals’

Speaking of the version of the Edo period (1603 – 1868), The fireworks display of Mito (Ibaragi Prefecture), The fireworks display of Ichikawa (Yamanashi Prefecture), The fireworks display of Yoshida (Aichi Prefecture) were known as the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals.

The fireworks display of Ichikawa and The fireworks display of Yoshida have been handed down to today’s festivals, namely, Shinmei Fireworks Festival (神明の花火大会) (Youtube) and Toyohashi Gion Festival (豊橋祇園祭) (Youtube).

The today’s version of ‘the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals’

Today, the following fireworks shows are well-known as the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals.

1.Omagari Fireworks Festival (大曲の花火)

Source : Youtube, ‘【4K】第88回全国花火競技大会 大曲の花火2014 大会提供花火「Bolero」Omagari Hanabi’

The Omagari fireworks festival (大曲の花火) is also called ‘National Fireworks Competition Convention (全国花火競技大会)’.It is annually held on the fourth Saturday of August in the city of Daisen, Akita Prefecture. specifically, in the riverside area of Omono river.This festival is the most prestigious fireworks display in Japan from the viewpoint of both history and tradition.

2.Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition (土浦全国花火競技大会)

Source : Youtube, ‘【4K60p】2017 土浦全国花火競技大会 大会提供花火「土浦花火づくし」’

The Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition (土浦全国花火競技大会) is a famous fireworks show that is known as one of the Japan’s 3 best fireworks festivals.It annually takes place on the first Saturday of October in the city of Tsuchiura, Ibaragi Prefecture.

3.Nagaoka Fireworks Festival (長岡まつり大花火大会)

Source : Youtube, ‘[ 4K Ultra HD ] 長岡花火大会 2017 復興祈願花火 フェニックス – Nagaoka Fireworks Festival 2017 Phoenix – 2017.08.02’

The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival (長岡まつり大花火大会) is the fireworks show that is the most familiar for me as I was born and raised in Niigata.The show is annually held on August 2 and 3 in the city of Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture.It is especially famous nationwide for its skyrocket fireworks, ‘Phoenix (フェニックス)’, which has been launched praying for recovery from the Mid Niigata Prefecture Earthquake in 2004.

Tomo

I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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