Monday, July 24, 2017

Adachi fireworks 2017

A few days ago, I went to see Adachi's fireworks (hanabi 花火 in Japanese), famous for being the first of the year in Tokyo (Adachi is a ward in the north of Tokyo).

The fireworks are launched from the south bank of the Arakawa river near Kita-Senju station. However, I suggest watching them from the north bank since it's less crowded and the views are fantastic as well. Go to Umejima station and follow the red path to get a nice viewing spot.

The place does get crowded but unless you are going with a big group of people, you shouldn't need to go early to secure a spot. We were 4 people and arriving at 19:00, just half and hour before the fireworks, would have been completely fine.

About 12,000 fireworks were launched in just an hour (19:30 to 20:30). Some of them were really impressive and looked huge. I took lots of pictures with my phone, some of them were blurry but some were ok.

Sometimes pieces of the fireworks would fly and reach our viewing spot. I suggest you bring some sunglasses to protect your eyes from the dust and objects coming down. It had been a while since I last went to a fireworks festival, and it was a great experience.

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