As we reached half way through 2016, we are also celebrating the peak of the summer season (unless it isn’t summer in your place). Here in Japan, the way they celebrate it is quite shiny and loud -literally though. Hanabi Festival or Fireworks Festival has been part of the country’s long – long tradition. Each city all over the country shows off their best fireworks display annually along the month of July to August. Usually last for a day or two, people in their cities gather up to see the show.

Being this year as my first Hanabi Festival, I sure wouldn’t miss it for the world! Check out my VLOG at Numazu City Fireworks Festival down below and experience the sky painted with colors with us!


MUSIC CREDIT:Slow Magic & Beat Culture – Once (stay see)

If you’re wondering, I am wearing a Japanese traditional casual dress called Yukata. This is usually worn in events like festivals in Japan. Men and women and even children, wear their most colorful and vibrant pieces paired with wood slippers and a traditional basket bag.


This time, the venue of the fireworks display is located in the city’s riverbank. As early as 3’o clock, people gather up and find their best spot for the show. Some even had a little picnic and brought a bunch of food with their family and friends.


As the day hit sun down, we see nothing but the gleaming city lights which made it just astonishingly beautiful! The fireworks display officially starts at 7′ o clock which you might have seen in my VLOG.


Even though we haven’t gone around the town for some festival shopping, it’s literally surrounded with food, game and awesome stalls to see. There’s a lot of cultural music shows and a whole lot of unique Japanese merchandise.


So if you think summer is only about beaching and getting tan, you might want to consider experiencing how Japan spend their summer too! It’s never too late, Fireworks Festival happens every year and almost all places in the country. Now start finding the best Yukata and experience summer in a whole different way!

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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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