Movies of the real Japan: Hanabi
Jingu Gaien Fireworks Display, Tokyo 花火
Summer in Japan means the boom of the festival drum and the rat-a-tat of fireworks. One of Tokyo's biggest summer fireworks festivals is the Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival. This event began in 1980, and has been a major feature of summer in Tokyo ever since. This movie of the 2007 event was taken at the huge No.2 field of the Meiji Jingu Gaien Sports compound. Thousands massed to get into the grounds for 1,000 yen, or sat around on the streets and in the parks surrounding the grounds. A total of 10,070 fireworks were let off. The variety of shapes, patterns, ways in which the fireworks 'flowered' (fireworks are actually called fireflowers hanabi in Japanese) was amazing and kept the gargantuan audience gasping, oohing and aahing the whole way through.