Summer holiday has started about a week ago and I should be doing something interesting and fun right? Well, thankfully I managed to go to a 花火大会 along with a group of friends, and it’s so far my highlight for the summer holiday already.
A 花火大会 is basically an event where you can see fireworks for the night. What makes it a bit different from just a normal firework show is the way people wear. Sure you can wear casual clothes and still enjoy the fireworks, but to be a bit engaged with the Japansese culture, try wearing a yukata. Not only is it look cool/pretty, but it’s also a good souvenir for yourself.
I bought a yukata from Aeon Mall for about ¥8500. It comes with the 浴衣 「ゆかた」and an 帯「おび」. Also consider getting a geta, which costs around ¥3000.
Also, take the time to learn how to tie the obi. I just look up on YouTube and practice doing it until it’s okay.
Now for the event, me and a group of friends manage to get a good spot to see the fireworks. The designs of the fireworks are different to what I have seen back in Sydney.
These shots were actually taken from an iPhone 6s. Obviously it is hard to take firework shots on a a smartphone, especially with the camera shake. But I like the photos I took. However, because it was my first 花火大会, I didn’t take a lot of photos and instead enjoy the fireworks, which were all beautiful.
There are some quirky moments, such as a section where people do marriage proposals and sweet love messages with the fireworks. It may be embarrassing, but everyone was cooperative and cheered on for the future couples!
Lastly, the event I went to lasted for 2 hours, meaning WAY LONGER time to see a bunch of fireworks. Just for a comparison, Sydney’s NYE fireworks last for 15 minutes…. REALLY?!!
Anyways, 花火大会 is worth checking out during summer, whether you wear a yukata or not!