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
The Omagari Hanabi is full of artistic and unique fireworks and is the only competition that presents
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)