cherry blossom forecast: (Japanese version only) version only) (Japanese version only)  

when and where to see cherry blossoms (Japanese version only):

1-30 April Miyako Odori(Cherry Dance), Kyoto
Maiko and geiko dance performances
Advance tickets are available from overseas at:
The performances wil be done at Kyoto Art Theater “Shunjuza”( again this year.

seasonal flowers:

Friday, August 16, 2013

fireworks festivals (4)

Shimanto City in Kochi Prefecture reached 41.0 degrees Celsius on August 12, and set a new record for the hottest temperature in Japan.

The annual Bon Festival started on August 13. I visited the family grave with my family. After preparation of the festival, we lit a bonfire outside our home to guide the deceased members of my family in the evening. We will light a farewell bonfire to see our ancestors  off this evening.

"PHOTO CONTEST 2012 the most beautiful villages in Japan" winners were announced.
the most beautiful villages in Japan (Japanese version only):
photo contest 2012(Japanese version only):

Sudden heavy downpour washed out the Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival yesterday. The trains were stopped because of the thunderstorm, and about 5,000 spectators spent the night at 15 public facilities.

Chofu City Fireworks Festival
(第31回調布市花火大会 〜スポーツ祭東京2013開催記念〜)
Chofu City, Tokyo
August 24, 18:45~19:45
9,000 fireworks

花火/fireworks by hiyang.on /flickr


IMG_8118 by y_uno /flickr


IMG_8121 by y_uno /flickr

IMG_8151 by y_uno /flickr

PA200028 by Zengame /flickr

PA200194 by Zengame /flickr

PA200195 by Zengame /flickr

IMG_8178 by y_uno /flickr

PA200130 by Zengame /flickr

Sagamihara fireworks festival
Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture
August 24, 19:00~20:15
8,000 fireworks

相模原納涼花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

Fireworks festival in Kagoshima
Fireworks festival in Kagoshima by yuko_okuy /flickr

Kagoshima Kinko Bay Summer Night Grand Fireworks
Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
August 24, 19:30~20:40
14,000 fireworks

Fireworks festival in Kagoshima
Fireworks festival in Kagoshima by yuko_okuy /flickr

Red Hot
Red Hot by Deacon MacMillan /flickr

Yokkaichi Fireworks Display
Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
August 25, 19:15〜20:30
4,000 fireworks

110827 by yoco** /flickr
Gobo City fireworks festival
Gobo City Fireworks Display
御坊市花火大会 2013
Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture
August 24, 20:00~21:00
2,400 fireworks

110827 by yoco** /flickr

August 31, 18:20~20:20
7,000 fireworks

HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr

HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr

Dandelion by inoc /flickr

Flower on the dark sky
Flower on the dark sky by inoc /flickr

HanabiLusion2009 by inoc /flickr

The 31st All Japan New Fireworks Competition
Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
September 7, 19:00~20:30
18,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

"Kiss of Fire"

At first, fireworks burst in two different parts of the water. Two fireworks move towards each other. The show was named "Kiss of Fire" because the fireworks appear to be kissing.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Katakai Festival Fireworks Display
片貝まつり浅原神社 秋季例大祭奉納大煙火
Ojiya City, Niigata Prefecture
September 9-10, 19:30〜22:20
15,000 fireworks

The fireworks display has a history of 400 years.
At this festival, a 120-cm(48-inch) diameter shell is launched at 10:00 p.m. on each day. It's the biggest fireworks in the world. It reaches 800 meters high and makes an 800-meter diameter when exploding.

2007_0909_210315BA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr

2007_0909_194559AA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr

2007_0909_193621CA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr

2007_0909_211356CA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr

2007_0909_194101AA by G_o_o_f_y /flickr

Swan Festa 2013
Muroran City, Hokkaido
September 7, 19:30〜20:10

Swan Festival 2006
Swan Festival 2006 by daita /flickr

Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture
October 5, 18:00〜20:30
20,000 fireworks

fireworks shell

花火玉 by yellow_bird_woodstock /flickr

IMG_0695 by y_uno /flickr

IMG_0656 by y_uno /flickr

HANABI by inoc /flickr

HANABI by inoc /flickr


hanabi by inoc /flickr

Fire fall
Fire fall by inoc /flickr

土浦全国花火競技大会_152 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr

土浦全国花火競技大会_092 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr

土浦全国花火競技大会_153 by TAKA@P.P.R.S /flickr

MG_0619 by y_uno /flickr

洞爺湖ロングラン花火01 by daita /flickr

Lake Toya Long-run Fireworks
第32回 洞爺湖 ロングラン花火大会
Toyako-cho, Hokkaido
April 28-October 31, 20:45〜21:05
450 fireworks every night

花火/fireworks by hiyang../flickr

Konosu Fireworks Festival
Konosu City, Saitama Prefecture
September 29, 18:00~
15,000 fireworks

Saturday, August 10, 2013

fireworks festivals (3)

It's brutally hot. We have been lacking sleep lately because of the heat. Shimanto City in Kochi Prefecture eached 40.7 degrees Celsius on the 10th.

Kumagaya is known for being one of the hottest areas in summer in Japan.
Kumagaya City in Saitama Prefecture and Tajimi City in Gifu Prefecture reached 40.9 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature in Japan in August 2007.

熊谷花火大会 by w00kie /flickr

The 64th Kumagaya Fireworks Display
(あついぞ!熊谷 第64回熊谷花火大会)
Kumagaya City, Saitama Prefecture
August 10, 19:00〜21:00
10,000 fireworks

LIGHT UP NIPPON 2013 (Japanese version only)
August 11, 19:00〜22:00
15 venues in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures

This event started to cheer up victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Fireworks will be launced at 15 venues in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures. In Tohoku Region, several fireworks festivals have not been held after the quake.

photo by 北海道無料写真素材集 Do Photo

Kachimai Fireworks(勝毎花火大会)
Obihiro City, Hokkaido
August 13, 19:30〜20:45
20,000 fireworks

DSCF0570 by HIRAOKA,Yasunobu /flickr

Yaizu Seaside Firework Festival
Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
August 14, 19:30〜20:30
5,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival
Suwa City, Nagano Prefecture
August 15, 19:00~21:00
40,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

    2,000-meter-long waterfall fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

The annual Bon Festival takes place from August 13th to the 16th. The souls of the dead are believed to return to their families during the festival.

Toro-nagashi(灯籠流し) is the last event of the Bon festival held in many areas. People float paper lanterns down the river or the sea to send off the spirit of their ancestors.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Miyazu Toro Lantern Floating & Firework Festival
Miyazu City, Kyoto
August 16, 19:30〜20:30
3,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Miyazu Toro-nagashi(宮津灯籠流し, Toro Lantern Floating) has a history of 400 years.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

At the first Bon Festival following the death of a family member, the bereaved carry a decorated boat Shoro-bune(精霊船) to the venue of fireworks on August 16.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

The boats and paper lanterns are floated down the sea 1.5 hours before the firework festival starts.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

The boats are burned down at sea. 

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Lantern Floating and Fireworks Display
Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture
August 16, 19:30〜20:15
10,000 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Tamagawa fireworks festivals(Setagaya, Kawasaki)
Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture
August 17, 19:00~20:00
6,000 fireworks at each venue

Two fireworks festivals will be held on both sides of the Tama River on August 17.

せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

Setagaya  fireworks festival

せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

せたがや花火大会 by sugagaga /flickr

Fireworks @ Tamagawa
Fireworks @ Tamagawa by aki.sato /flickr

Kawasaki fireworks festival

DSC_0863 by Zengame /flickr

DSC_0694 by Zengame /flickr

DSC_0900 by Zengame /flickr

神宮外苑花火大会2009(Jingu-gaien fireworks 2009)
神宮外苑花火大会2009(Jingu-gaien fireworks 2009) by imgdive /flickr

Jingu Gaien Fireworks 2013
Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo
August 17, 19:30~20:30
10,000 fireworks
photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Kumano Grand Fireworks Festival
Kumano City, Mie Prefecture
August 17, 19:10〜21:30
10,000 fireworks

After an igniter on the boat light a firework, the boat rushes away.

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Yunokawa Onsen Fireworks
Hakodate City, Hokkaido
August 17, 19:40~20:40
3,000 fireworks

Ito Onsen Hashi(chopsticks) Festival Fireworks
Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture
August 22, 20:30~21:00
about 1,550 fireworks

photo by 高画質壁紙写真集無料壁紙

Omagari National Japan Fireworks Competition
Daise City, Akita Prefecture
August 24, 17:30~18:15, 18:50~21:30
18,000 fireworks

It's a national fireworks competition for pyrotechnicians started in 1910.

For more information about Omagari Fireworks at