You Can Still Catch Japan’s Famous Fireworks Competition Festivals This Year

One's happening in August, the other in October!

Japan’s fireworks festivals are usually categorized in two groups: The first is the usual fireworks festival organized solely for everyone’s entertainment, while the other is the fireworks competition festival where pyrotechnicians compete for the best scores within a given set of rules.

The competition is divided into several categories—some for size, some for creativity, but always for beauty. This tradition of competition between craftsmen has long been the pride of Japan, and winners are given the highest honors: the Prime Minister’s Award, Tourism Secretary Award, and Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award.

If you’re going to be in the country this month, don’t miss out on two of the biggest fireworks competition festivals, namely: the 
National Firework Competition Festival (Omagari Hanabi) and the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition.

National Firework Competition Festival (Omagari Hanabi)
Omonogawa Riverside, Omagari, Daisen City, Akita
Date: August 25, 2018

Omagari Hanabi is full of artistic and unique fireworks and is the only competition that presents hiruhanabi, fireworks that are launched during the daytime. It has been around since 1910 and will be celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year. Held at Daisen City, Akita, the city of fireworks, it’s the most serious competition of the three as only the best pyrotechnicians can compete in the tournament. The festival is divided into four categories where 28 pyrotechnicians test their skills. Each team is judged strongly on their fireworks’ design, color scheme, and creativity. Here, awards such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science and Technology Award are at stake. The Prime Minister’s Award is given to the overall winner of the competition.

Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
Sakuragawa Riverside, Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki
Date: October 6, 2018 

What started as
an entreaty from a priest to repose the souls of the fallen soldiers is now one of the three largest fireworks festivals in Japan. Since 1925, the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition has been delighting spectators with unique fireworks displays. Known as the first festival to feature star mines as an independent category—a combination of hundreds of unique fireworks performances in a short time—the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition is held in autumn.

Provided by Tokyo Walker™, Japan Walker™, and Walkerplus™ (13 June 2018)

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