Vernicious Knids

Random musings and snapshots about life, love, travel and everything in between...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Here comes....Hanabi!

Natsu - summer - is well and truly here...
...and that means just one thing:



Fire Flowers! (Or
Hanabi)

Tomorrow night is the annual Sumida-gawa Hanabi Taikai (The Sumida River Fireworks Display). About 20 000 fireworks will explode in a spectacular fashion over the Sumida River...and a couple of hundred thousand spectactors will be celebrating on the riverbank. Most of them will be wearing yukatas and 99.98% will be drinking beer and chowing down on excellent festival food like takoyaki and yakitori...I can hardly wait!

So, if you are in Tokyo...head on down to the Asakusa area by 7:10pm, and be ready to be gobsmacked...

(Photo taken by me at one of last summer's hanabi taikai)
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14 Comments:

  • At 3:05 am, Anonymous Antonia said…

    I wish I was in Tokyo now :-(

     
  • At 3:42 am, Blogger Liz said…

    how beautiful! I wish you could take a video for us...

     
  • At 4:11 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    Gobsmacked...you're so british/aussie ;) that just means astounded, right?

     
  • At 4:52 am, Blogger Shephard said…

    visiting from Michele's...

    Oh, fireworks AND Yakitori... I'd SO be there. Sounds fun!

    Love the Wonka reference. :)
    ~S

     
  • At 5:32 am, Anonymous Janet (fondofsnape@gmail.com) said…

    ohhhhh I wish I could be there! I'll have to live vicariously through your pictures :-)

     
  • At 11:32 am, Blogger MsCellania said…

    Have fun! I used to adore going to Japanese festivals.

    Great photo!

     
  • At 11:37 am, Blogger My float said…

    wow, that's an awesome photo!

    you know, i always feel so guilty when i watch fireworks. you know, the old 'what a waste of money' feeling crawls over me and stops me enjoying them as much as i could! have fun!

     
  • At 1:49 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Antonia: I hope you get here some day!

    Liz: I won't make any promises...but we'll see!

    Bearette: You got it! You've obviously read a lot of Brit Chick Lit in your time :D

    Shephard: Oompa Loompa...thanks for stopping by; I'll be sure to nibble on some yakitori for you!

    Janet: You've hit on exactly what is so great about blogging...viewing the world through others!

    Vickee: I live for matsuri...I love how everyone chills out and has a brilliant time...so different to how stressed people usually look on the trains! And thanks!

    MF: You haven't seen fireworks till you've seen them in Asia...way, way, way better than anything I've ever seen in Oz...and although the money could be spent on "better" things...for me it's not a waste as they are an integral part of the community joining together and celebrating life...while watching a spectacular light show :D

     
  • At 1:55 pm, Blogger The Flamingess said…

    Ohhh - I love fireworks! I will have to put this event on my wish list.

    Here from Michele.

     
  • At 2:13 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    TF: Welcome...great name! It's definitely worth wishing for :D

     
  • At 5:06 am, Blogger Elsa said…

    Let me tell you...if I was in Asakusa area, I would certainly be there to watch the fireworks! It looks pretty cool.

     
  • At 1:47 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Elsa: I know you'd enjoy them...and all of the great food too ;)

     
  • At 5:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just found you through google. Great picture.

     
  • At 11:16 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Thanks anon!

     

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