Sumida River Fireworks 2013

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By far the oldest and largest (not to mention busiest) fireworks display in Tokyo, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival is one of the most popular events in summer.

The last Saturday of July is always synonymous with a night sky filled with dazzling shades, and packed crowds below trying to get the best spot to view them. Nearly a million spectators gather every year to see the colourful explosions, which come in an array of patterns, shapes and sizes (click here to learn more about the different types of fireworks used). This year, an impressive 20,500 pyrotechnics will be popping out, sometimes flying for 600m before exploding in the sky.

Not only are the fireworks a work of art, but those specific ones come with a bit of history – the first Sumida River Fireworks Festival was held back in 1733, dedicated to the souls of those dying from starvation during the reign of Tokugawa Yoshimune. The festival is now synonymous with Japanese summer evenings, tightly woven in Japanese culture.

The best spots to view the fireworks are along Sumida River and on the various bridges across it, but unless you want to get squashed by the other Tokyoites who had the same idea, we recommend sticking around Asakusa, and even further away as they can be seen from numerous areas of the city, especially in tall buildings.

The event will be held on Sunday in case of rain.

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

When: July 27th, 19:05-20:30

Where: Sumida Park

Main image: DaraKero_F on Flickr