The Annual Tradition of Hanabi Taikai Is Canceled Because of COVID-19
Don't fret, some events have already been rescheduled.
With the COVID-19 outbreak situation and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the annual tradition of Hanabi Taikai or fireworks displays has recently announced cancellation and postponement for this year.
The events usually held in Tokyo would have been a lovely sight to behold, but it’s best for everyone to stay home right now. We’re sharing information about the events that have been canceled, hoping maybe a virtual firework display in photos can suffice for now. Take note of any of the new schedules in case you’re interested in attending.
42nd Adachi no Hanabi (Adachi District/ Arakawa Riverbed) - Canceled
This is where you can enjoy a variety of fireworks along the Arakawa riverbed.
(Photo from Adachi Tourism Exchange Association)
It was scheduled to be held on May 30, but it is canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. There are no plans for postponement as announced on March 23.
61st Itabashi Hanabi Taikai (Itabashi District/ Arakawa Riverbed) - Canceled
Geijutsudama made by pyrotechnicians who have excelled at firework contests of Japan.
(Photo from Itabashi Tourism Association)
It is held on the first Saturday of August every year. It was scheduled to be held from 7 p.m. on May 23, but it is canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. There are no plans for postponement in 2020 as announced on March 30.
*The 67th Todabashi Hanabi Taikai held on the other side of the Arakawa riverbed will also be canceled.
45th Edogawaku Hanabi Taikai (Edogawa District/ Edogawa Riverbed) - New Schedule: October 24
The unique collaboration of fireworks and music is fun.
(Photo from Edogawa Fireworks Executive Committee)
It is held on the first Saturday of August every year. It was scheduled to be held on May 23 because of the condition, but it is postponed to October 24 to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
*The Ichikawa Citizen Noryo Hanabi Taikai held on the other side of the river is also postponed to October 24.
*Canceled if bad weather.
54th Katsushika Noryo Hanabi Taikai (Katsushika District/ Katsushika District Shibamata Baseball Field (Edogawa Riverbed)) - New Schedule: October 10
Not only the impressive powerful performance felt within the distance to the fireworks, but the acoustic pressure that drums in your stomach is one of the best in Tokyo!
(Photo from Katsushika Noryo Fireworks Executive Committee)
It is held in late July every year. Schedules changed from July 7 to October 10, 7:20 p.m.~.
*Postponed to the next day if it rains, canceled if it also rains on the next day.
38th Koto Hanabi Taikai (Koto District/ Arakawa (Arakawa/ Sunamachi-mizube Koen-mae)) - Canceled
You may feel cool by the reflections of fireworks on the surface of the river, and you may also feel the downtown atmosphere.
(Photo from Koto District Public Information Section)
It is held early August every year. It was re-scheduled to be held on an earlier date June 6, but later decided to cancel it due to the spread of COVID-19. There are no plans for postponement in 2020 as announced last April 9.
43th Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai (Taito District/ Sakurabashi downstream~ Kototoibashi upstream (1st venue), Komagatabahi downstream~ Umayabashi upstream (2nd venue) - Canceled
Beautiful star mine popular for its degree of perfection.
It is held on the last Saturday of July every year. It was scheduled to be held on July 11, but it is canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. There are no plans for postponement in 2020 as announced on April 10.
Hachioji Hanabi Taikai (Hachioji City) - Canceled
2019’s Hachioji Festival’s Hanabi Taikai
(Photo from Hachioji Tourism Convention Association)
It is held at the beginning of July every year. It was scheduled to be held on May 30, but it is canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. There are no plans for postponement in 2020 as announced on April 9.
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