One of the highlights of Japanese summer are the fireworks. There is just something about going to a fireworks festival (hanabi taikai) and seeing the summer night sky being lit up with breathtaking patterns that makes your summer experience in Japan feel complete. And these fireworks will definitely not disappoint! Here we will introduce the types of fireworks that you can look forward to in seeing. See if you can find your favorite!

Chrysanthemum・ 菊先

A spherical explosion of coloured stars with a short burn time, followed by crackling.

Willow・ 柳

Similar to the chrysanthemum but the flame trails extinguish gradually, creating a willow tree-like effect.

Bee・ 蜂

Emits a high-pitched sound while twirling in random directions for a truly attention-grabbing display.

Thousand Wheel・ 千輪

An explosion comprising many small spherical fireworks bursting into a collage of colours and hues.

UFO / Saturn・ 土星

A combination of hanabi that form the shape of planet Saturn before slowly dissipating.

Smile・ スマイル

A combination of fireworks that form a smiley face – always a great hit with children!

Niagara・ ナイアガラ

Long, flowing, brilliantly illuminated fireworks that resemble the Niagara Falls in America.

Starmine・ スターマイン

A continuous firing of hanabi in a collage of shapes and colours to create patterns.

Have you read the other articles in this series?
The Matsuri Manual : Festival Food Guide
The Matsuri Manual : Matsuri Games

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