360° Digital Fireworks to Light Up Summer at Maxell Aqua Park in Shinagawa
29.June.2018 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa is inviting summer in with HaNaBi aquarium by NAKED, an event that will run from July 1st to September 9th with lots of fun things to enjoy including fireworks in the aquarium, goldfish catching, festive paper lanterns, music and more.
Projection mapping will be used to decorate the aquarium entrance with countless stars. Touching the walls that enclose the water tanks offers an interactive experience where fireworks will appear wherever you touch.
Fireworks will twinkle above the tanks where the goldfish swim, and colourful paper lanterns dangling from the ceiling will glow, giving a Japanese summer vibe.
There will be a cafe and bar covered in beautiful and magical umbrella fireworks that shine in the dark. There will be special drinks available for the event. Upon ordering a drink at the bar, one of three random firework displays will show.
Digital Fireworks & Nighttime Dolphin Performance
The dolphin performance will combine the dynamic sounds of taiko drums and fireworks to evoke that feeling of festivity. Enjoy a collaboration between dolphins and digital fireworks.
July 1 – August 10 @ 7:30pm / 8:30pm
August 11 – August 15 @ 7:00pm / 8:00pm / 9:00pm
August 16 – September 9 @ 7:30pm / 8:30pm
The contents of this year’s event have one upped to elevate that Japanese summer festival atmosphere. Enjoy a seat in the 360° stadium to witness a summer experience available nowhere else but at Aqua Park.
Head to Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa to witness the latest in innovative technology and entertainment.
4 Must-Visit Fireworks Festivals in Kyoto This Summer
10.August.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto―also known as the “old capital” and said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. In its 1,200 year history, this ancient city has given rise to much of what can be considered quintessential Japanese culture. Fireworks are a monumental feat of summer in Japan with countless festivals up and down the country dedicated to them, and Kyoto is no exception.
If you’re in Kyoto this summer then you mustn’t miss these 4 fireworks festivals.
Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival – A Magnificent Arsenal of 8,000 Beauties
This long-running event is held every year to pray for world peace. Its spectacular display features a lineup of fireworks specially selected by the Japan Fireworks Artist Association which aims to evolve the tradition of firework culture. Expect to see the night sky illuminated with a rainbow of colours from the festival’s launch of 8,000 fireworks, including the Starmine which shoots a cloud of bright stars into the overhead abyss, as well as some original fireworks crafted for the festival such as the “Kamemaru Hanabi.”
▼Kameoka Heiwasai Hozugawa Fireworks Festival (Kameoka Peace Festival Hozugawa River Fireworks Festival)
Date: August 11, 2019
Time: From 19:30
Location: Hozubashi Bridge
Official Website: http://kameoka-hanabi.jp/
Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival – The Spectacular Starmine
Held by the riverbed of the Katsura River, the fireworks festival in Nantan makes use of the opposite shore from the viewing point which makes the fireworks look like they are raining down from the sky like a waterfall. The finale of this festival welcomes the behemoth of all Starmine fireworks which rips across the night sky in a blazing spread. The festival is also held as part of the Bon Festival and so lanterns are let loose down the Ōi River, creating a sight of subtle grace and beauty.
▼Kyoto Nantan City Fireworks Festival
Date: August 14, 2019
Time: From 19:30
Location: Katsura River
Official Website: http://www.yagi-hanabi.com/
Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival – Floating Lanterns & Fireworks For 400 Years
Held in the city of Miyazu, this festival combines fireworks with floating lanterns and shoryobune―boats adorned with tanzaku paper slips that are sent out to light the way for the deceased as part of the Bon Festival. Floating lanterns on the water (known as toronagashi in Japanese) in Miyazu began 400 years ago. This year, it was counted as one of Japan’s three biggest toronagashi events.
Together with the boat, around 10,000 lanterns are sent into Miyazu Bay, creating a beautiful and majestic atmosphere. Close to 3,000 fireworks are set to illuminate the sky above, leading to an indescribable beauty as the fireworks and lights give off their own light.
▼Miyazu Toronagashi Fireworks Festival
Date: August 14, 2019
Time: From 19:30
Location: Shimasaki Park
Official Website: https://www.kyo.or.jp/miyazu/hanabi/
Ine Fireworks – Fireworks Galore Envelop Ine Bay
Around 1,200 fireworks climb up and over Ine Bay, lighting the calm water surface and the funaya boat houses of Ine with their brilliance. The boat houses themselves are also strung and lined with hanging lanterns.
Date: August 24, 2019
Location: Ine, Kyoto
Official Website: http://www.ine-kankou.jp/inehanabi/
Did you enjoy our pick? It isn’t summer in Japan without fireworks. If you’re travelling to Kyoto to catch some sun this year, finish the day off with one of its many fireworks festival―from traditional Kyoto-esque events to large-scale ones with 8,000 fireworks ready to be deployed.
17 Fireworks Festivals Taking Place This Summer in Ito City
08.July.2019 | SPOT
This summer, Ito city will be seeing lots of large-scale fireworks festivals take place between July 20 and August 24.
Ito Onsen Yume Hanabi/ Ito Onsen, Ito Coast
The Yume Hanabi (Dream Fireworks) event will be held 10 times during the summer fireworks season. Enjoy a range of fireworks exploding before your very eyes. The sizes of the fireworks range from an outer diameter of 9 cm to 30 cm. Each day, between 1,000 and 1,500 fireworks will pierce the night sky with a beautiful show of colours. The best spot to watch these would be from a simple patch of grass in Nagisa Park.
July 20 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
July 28 (Sun) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
July 30 (Tues) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)
July 31 (Weds) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)
August 2 (Fri) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
August 3 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
August 6 (Tues) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
August 7 (Weds) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
August 17 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
August 24 (Sat) 20:30 ー 20:50 (Approx. 1,000 fireworks)
Usami Summer Festival Kaijo Hanabi Taikai/ Usami Coast
This festival remains popular among the locals but is still yet to be discovered by tourists. This is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the view at your own pace. The road leading from Usami Station is a pedestrian zone lined with stands and stalls, making it the perfect place to enjoy the festival vibes.
August 1 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)
Floating Lanterns Uchiage Hanabi/ Ito Coast
Bright lanterns are floated down the Matsukawa river which runs through the heart of the city. As the last magical lantern makes its way down the river, the fireworks are set off into the sky, illuminating the lanterns as they float downstream.
August 8 (Thurs) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)
Taiko no Hibiki (Echoing Drums) Uchiage Hanabi (Ito Kaigan)
Head over to Nagisa Park to witness the taiko drum battle. Nagisa Park is one of the best locations in Ito city to watch the fireworks. The energy from the drums will resonate throughout the entire park. As the battle reaches its climax, fireworks will soar into the sky, exploding to the beat of your heart.
August 9 (Fri) 20:50 ー 21:00 (Approx. 800 fireworks)
Anjin Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks Festival / Along Ito Coast
This is the largest fireworks festival in Ito. Over the course of an hour, approximately 10,000 fireworks will be launched from five different areas along the coast, striking vibrant streaks of colour into the night sky over the sea. The fireworks range from digital Star Mines to Niagara fireworks. For those of you who want to escape the crowds to watch the fireworks at your own pace, we recommend the seating area, where you can fully enjoy a closeup view of the breathtaking fireworks for just ￥2,000 per seat. August 10 (Sat) 20:00 ー 21:00 (Approx. 10,000 fireworks)
Yanmono Sato Hanabi Taikai /Yawatano
In just 30 mins, 3,000 fireworks are fired into the sky, bursting into dynamic patterns that illuminate the sea and create a scene of lingering beauty that you will not be able to peel your eyes from. The fireworks are set off right before the spectator’s eyes so you can watch the fireworks develop into spontaneous beauty right above you.
August 14 (Weds) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 3,000 fireworks)
Kawana Dolphin Beach Large-Scale Seaside Fireworks / Dolphin Beach Park
This is a popular event among locals as well as tourists. Although there are not as many fireworks, the fact that viewers can enjoy them close up more than makes up for it. Niagara fireworks that shower over the ocean and Star Mines that blossom above you are just some of the popular kinds of fireworks this festival will allow you to witness.
August 15 (Thurs) 20:00 ー 20:30 (Approx. 2,000 fireworks)
Ito Hot Springs Hashi Festival Fireworks/ Ito Beach
At this unique festival, a tower made of chopsticks used at the hot springs is set on fire for a memorial service. A portable shrine overflowing with strong energy is carried through the streets as part of a parade. The event also sees hand-held fireworks, enhancing the festival vibes. The fireworks explode over the sea, colouring the sky with a scene that represents the end of summer.
August 22 (Thurs) 20:30 ー 21:00 (Approx. 1,500 fireworks)
The summer holidays is the perfect time to enjoy a fireworks festival, so why don’t you check one out?
Play With Pingu At Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki!
04.July.2019 | SPOT
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is collaborating with the world’s favourite childish penguin Pingu. This summer, Pingu will feature in the special event: Penguin-tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival (Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins). The event will run from July 13 to September 1.
Located just a 1.5 hour bus/train ride away, Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki is in easy reach from Tokyo. It takes just 1 hour 15 minutes to reach by car.
Pingu Photo Spots
Enter the aquarium and you will find numerous Pingu-themed photo spots. Take a photo next to statues of Pingu and friends, or with an original design photo panel. This is the perfect place to create lots of good summer memories with your family or friends and take lots of fun pictures.
Chat with Pingu
You can also enjoy a fun conversation with Pingu by watching fun videos. Come play with the characters and enjoy their cute animations and unique voices. This venue is full of unique and fun experiences.
Uchiwa Fan Stamp Rally (Weekday-limited)
Explore the aquarium to locate the three stamp spots. There is a Pingu, Pinga and Robby stamp spot where you can collect your stamps to complete the picture on your uchiwa fan. Completing the picture on your fan will be as fun as completing a colouring book!
Running: Weekdays (Not running between August 13 ー 16)
※ This event will finish early if all Uchiwa fans are given away before the end of the event.
Pingu will visit the aquarium himself, so enjoy interacting with him!
Running: July 14, 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 3, 4 (8 days total).
Times: 11 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, (lasts approx. 30 mins).
Besides the above, there is so much Pingu-tastic fun to be had. Come create some special summer memories with Pingu at Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
© 2019 The Pygos Group / (C)MATTEL, NHK, NEP, PPI
Penguin tachi no fushigina sekai Pingu summer festival
(Pingu summer festival: Enter the curious world of penguins)
Running: July 13 ー September 1, 2019
Location: Event space on floor 4 (4階企画展示室)
Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki
Address: 8252-3 Isohamacho, Oarai machi, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki
Pingu Character Website: http://www.pingu.jp/
Goldfish Festival, Fireworks And Much More Family Fun at Aquamarine Fukushima
01.July.2019 | SPOT
During the summer holiday period between July and September, Aquamarine Fukushima is holding a range of events and supporting children to learn about marine life independently. Come join in the festival fun with goldfish scooping games, quoits, and much more. There will also be a fair from August 11 to 15.
Aquamarine Fukushima Rare Creatures Picture Book <Complete the pictures!>
Dates: July 13 ー September 1
Aquamarine Fukushima is displaying rare creatures and ecological systems. The children can write the name of the new creatures they discover in their own picture book. Once they have completed the picture book, it will be an original record of discoveries. As the children record the features of the animals and other organisms they discover, adults will also find this information beneficial when looking around the exhibitions.
How to take part: Pick up an application form at the entranceway on floor 1 of the aquarium main building (Honkan). The answers will all be distributed in one place. (Subject to change).
Summer Aquamarine Fukushima: Children’s Answer Room
Open: July 20 ー September 1
Here, all the answers to the children’s puzzles about Aquamarine life are presented in panels and explained in easy terms. Along with the picture book where the children can record interesting life forms, this is the perfect way to support independent exploration.
Goldfish scooping and Fun Fair
You can purchase goldfish that were bred at the aquarium, or catch them yourself at the goldfish scooping area. There is also a games corner where you and your children can enjoy a range of fun activities such as quoits.
The goldfish building, which just opened last year, will be bringing back its 60cm-large Goldfish Nebuta lantern. To raise spirits during Japan’s O-bon lantern festival, the aquarium will be open for much longer so that a lantern event can be held in the evening.
Iwaki Traditional Vegetable Marché
Open: August 17 ー 18 (11:00 ー 14:00)
Head to the Aquamarine Aguri located outside Aquamarine Fukushima to purchase everyday vegetables as well as Japanese vegetables that have been grown through the cooperation of Iwaki farmers and Iwaki city. The traditional Iwaki marché sells mainly traditional summer vegetables such as okuimo potatoes, yardlong beans, beefsteak plants, kojiroi cucumbers, and much more. From local vegetables to healthy goods, everything is produced at Aquamarine Fukushima.
Iwaki Fireworks Festival
Enjoy the sight of fireworks soaring through the sky before your very eyes from the Aquarium grounds. This large-scale fireworks event will run until 9 pm on August 3.
Running: August 11 ー 15 (8pm) .
※ Last entries: Up to 1hr before closing time.
Come visit Aquamarine Fukushima for a perfect fun-filled day with the family!
Goldfish Display and Sales
Running: August 11 ー 12 (Monday, national holiday)
Times: 10:00 ー15:00、16:30 ー19:00
Goldfish Scooping/ Fair
Running: August 11 ー 15
Times: 16:30 ー19:00
The goldfish scooping event will end once all fish have been caught.
Water Yo-Yo Fishing, Quoits, Fishing Games, Barbecue Skewers: ￥300 per turn.
Address: Tatsumicho-50 Onahama, Iwaki, Fukushima
Official Website: https://www.aquamarine.or.jp/
Summer 2019 Japanese Fireworks Festivals With The Wow Factor
Hello everyone, this is Midori from MMN’s Editorial Department!
The first thing that pops into your head when you think of summer is fireworks. During the summer, Japan hosts so many large-scale fireworks events that it can be difficult to decide which one to visit. However, some festivals really stand out from the crowd. Today, I will share with you some fireworks festivals I would highly recommend for their extra wow-factor.
If you’re interested, check out the 2019 list for the top 10 fireworks festivals in Japan.
2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park, Sapporo
Last year, this event was cancelled due to an earthquake, so excitement levels are high this year.
This year, the fireworks dream team have put together a special non-stop program which includes the highest fireworks in the whole country. A fireworks photo and painting competition will be held after the fireworks event day.
▼2019 Artistic Fireworks at Moerenuma Park
Date: September 7, 2019
Official Website: https://www.moere.jp/
Relax 221m Above Ground: The RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE Fireworks Plan
Fireworks events held within the city can get very crowded, so how about watching them explode beautifully in the night sky from a restaurant? RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE is the perfect place to watch the Sumida River Fireworks festival and its 20,000 fireworks, or the Edogawa Fireworks Festival, where 14,000 fireworks are launched. Make sure to ask for the fireworks plan if you want this experience.
Being able to watch fireworks high in the sky is a wonderful lifetime opportunity.
▼RESTAURANT LUKE with SLY LOUNGE
Address: St.Luke’s Garden, 47th floor, 8-1 Akashicho, Chuo City, Tokyo
Firework event plans:
July 27 Sumida River Fireworks Festival Special Plan
August 3 Edogawa Fireworks Festival Special Plan
Adults: ￥15,000, high school students: ￥6,000, middle school students: ￥4,000, elementary school students: ￥2,000 (Free for those under elementary school age)
Official Website: https://www.restaurant-luke.com/restaurant.html
Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival 2019 Special Tickets
Kohoku-ku, Yokohama will be celebrating the 80th year of the Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival. Tickets for seats to watch the 2019 fireworks event are now being sold. The fireworks will be launched in an area that is hundreds of metres wide. For the finale, you can enjoy yellow streams of light as they fall out of the sky. As this fireworks event is taking place at Shin Yokohama, you can get seats at the Nissan Stadium or the tennis court to enjoy a beautiful night.
Photo: Takeshi Kanetake
▼Shin Yokohama Fireworks Festival 2019
Date: July 7, 2019
Prices: Special entry area (unreserved seats): ￥2,000 (per person, 1m2 picnic sheet, 1 entry ticket).
Tennis court garden table seat: ￥20,000 (4 people, 4 tickets, 1 garden table), Nissan Stadium north side (for legal supporters/ event sponsors and others who contributed to the event: ￥54,000 (6 people, 6 tickets, table seating).
Official Website: http://shinyokohama-hanabi.com/
Enjoy Fishing With A Beautiful Fireworks Display In The Sky at Echizen, Fukui
Visit Echizen port to enjoy a beautiful fireworks display whilst on the hunt for fish and squid. This is a relatively cheap plan considering that you also get the chance to enjoy a beautiful view. This is a wonderful way to create special memories.
▼ Fishing and Fireworks in Echizen, 2019
Date: July 13, 2019
Price: Squid: ￥ 6,000 per person Fish: ￥7,000 per person (40 people max).
(Includes fishing equipement. Price is the same for both children and adults).
Official website: https://www.town-echizen.jp/SSL/experience/detail.php?id=90
A Cool Night at The Pool and Fireworks Every Day at Phoenix Seagaia Resort, Miyazaki
During the summer holidays, there will be a fireworks show every evening at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki prefecture. They have special seating, and also those who choose accommodation on the club floor can see the fireworks launched before their very eyes.
You can also enjoy the night pool or barbeque and simultaneously witness the fireworks. The best part is that there is a show everyday, so there is no need to worry about fitting it in with the rest of your plans.
▼Phoenix Seagaia Resort Summer Fireworks 2019
Event Period: Every day from July 20 ー August 31, 2019
Official Website: https://seagaia.co.jp/
This summer will be the first ever fireworks season of the Reiwa era, so how about making it extra special by attending a fireworks festival with that extra wow factor?
Enoshima Aquarium’s Summer Decor Designed by VELVETA DESIGN’s Kimi Hasegawa
24.June.2019 | SPOT
Kimi Hasegawa is a representative of VELVETA DESIGN, an interior design company. She has been put in charge of producing the decor and design of Enoshima Aquarium’s upcoming summer event which is set to begin on July 13.
Hikaru no Enosui – Sagami Bay Great Fish Tanks – Day
Hikaru no Enosui – Ocean Encounters – Night
The theme of this event is “light” which will be presented in two forms: Day, which will run through the morning and afternoon, and Night which will begin at 4:00pm. Expect to see glowing jellyfish decorations, art pieces entitled Lace Fish which will be dotted around the aquarium and showcase sea creatures made from lace, and more. Visitors will be pulled into a delicately crafted illuminated underwater world of wonder.
The Lace Fish artwork will be lit up with a colourful show of vivid lights.
During the Night slot, the wireless LED light system FreFlow® will be use to illuminate the aquarium.
Visitors can also observe Sagami Bay and Enoshima from the Ocean Deck which is being refurbished for the event. Enjoy one of the glowing cocktails with someone special while gazing at the captivating nightscape of Enoshima.
Experience an aquarium like never before this summer at Enoshima Aquarium.
Enosui Wonder Aquarium 2019: ~Beautiful Aquarium~ Hikari no Enosui
Running: July 13, 2019 – August 31, 2019
Location: Enoshima Aquarium (2-19-1 Katasekaigan, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture)
Event Page: https://www.enosui.com/evententry.php?eid=01643
VELVETA DESIGN Website: http://www.velveta.jp/
When May rolls around in Japan, ticket sales open for the country’s many firework festivals. It is the season when Japanese people start checking their calendars so they don’t miss out on the summer fireworks and being drawing up any travel plans if they are attending a faraway festival.
Today we will take a look at the Top 10 firework events to attend in Japan this summer as ranked by Hankyu Travel International from the number of attendees from last year’s festivals.
1st Place: Omagari Fireworks Festival (Daisen, Akita Prefecture)
Soaring in at No. 1 is the Omagari Fireworks Festival. Boasting a bright history of over 100 years, this famous festival enjoys an attendance rate exceeding 700,000 every single year. As well as the general display, the event also holds a firework competition which sees firework masters from all across Japan come together in a battle to put on the best light show. Some of these experts have received various awards such as the Prime Minister Award and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Award. Omagari is also the only place in Japan to hold a firework competition in the late afternoon.
The theme for 2019 is Heizei Rinrin (“the awe-inspiring ordinary”). In the latter half of of the program, a display will be held called “Firework Musical Reiwa Festival” where over 2,000 fireworks will be launched. It will commemorate the new Reiwa era of Japan with hit songs from the Heisei period and more.
Date: August 31, 2019
Time: Afternoon Fireworks – From 17:15 / Evening Fireworks – From 18:50
Location: Omagari, Daisen, Akita Prefecture (大仙市大曲 雄物川河畔)
Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Omagari Station
▼Omagari Fireworks Festival Details & Tour (Japanese)
2nd Place: Nagaoka Fireworks Festival (Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture)
On August 1, 1945, the lives of 1,488 locals were taken during the Bombing of Nagaoka. The following year, a festival was held in an effort to aid in restoring the destroyed town. This is the precedent to the annual Nagaoka Festival which includes a firework display. It has been held every year for over 70 years with people from all over the country travelling to attend it. It is considered one of the main three firework festivals of Japan.
2019’s program has several famous fireworks lined up for the display as well as the Phoenix, a firework to commemorate the restoration of the Chuetsu area of Niigata Prefecture from the earthquake back in 2004.
Date: August 2, 2019 – August 3, 2019 (*Nagaoka Festival will take place on August 1)
Location: Riverside of Shinano River under the Chosei Bridge in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture
Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Nagaoka Station
▼Nagaoka Fireworks Festival Details & Tour (Japanese)
3rd Place: Huis Ten Bosch Fireworks Festival (Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture)
The Huis Ten Bosch Fireworks Festival is the biggest in all of Kyushu. Fireworks can be enjoyed at Huis Ten Bosch all throughout the year, but what’s special about this year’s festival are two particular displays: one which will be combined with music from Studio Ghibli films and another being a competition between firework experts from all around the world. The estimated number of fireworks to be launched is around 22,000. Don’t miss out!
Ghibli Music Fireworks: July 13, 2019
Summer Special Fireworks: August 10, 2019
Kyushu Fireworks Competition: September 21, 2019
Location: Huis Ten Bosch
Access: 5-minutes on foot from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station
▼Huis Ten Bosch Hotel Tour & Information (Japanese)
4th Place: Ashikaga Fireworks Festival (Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture)
This year will mark the 105th run of the Ashikagawa Fireworks Festival which takes place beside the Watarase River. Last Year, Hankyu Travel International offered a tour plan consisting of both the Ashikagawa Fireworks Festival and the Kiryuyagibushi Festival. The latter gained popularity for its program which included a Blue Impulse performance, an aerobatic demonstration from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force. The finale of this year’s Ashikagawa festival will feature an 800 meter firework display.
Date: August 3, 2019
Location: Under Tanaka Bridge near Fujioka Watarase Sports Park and the riverside
Access: 5-minutes on foot from Ashikaga Station via the JR Ryomo Line
5th Place: Kachimai Fireworks Festival (Obihiro, Hokkaido)
The Kachimai Fireworks Festival is organised by Tokachi Mainichi News which celebrates 100 years since launching this year. The first run of this festival dates back to 1929 when it was the first ever fireworks festival to be held in Hokkaido. In recent years, the company have set up a live VR stream which offers a a 360° view of the fireworks and festival. This year, to celebrate Tokachi Mainichi’s 100th anniversary, they will also hold a demonstration on how fireworks are launched for the first time. The finale will be the Nishikikamuro, a special firework launch synonymous with the festival, which will light up the night sky with a spectacular display.
Date: August 13, 2019
Location: 400 meters along the Tokachi Ohashi Bridge in Obihiro, Hokkaido
Access: 30-minutes on foot from JR Obihiro Station
▼Kamachi Fireworks Festival Tour (Japanese)
For numbers 6-10 on the list check out Hankyu Travel International’s website below.
Summer Fireworks Festivals: https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/event/?p_baitai=9599
Hankyu Travel International Official Website: https://www.hankyu-travel.com/
Traditional Japanese Fireworks Fuse With Cutting-Edge Technology for STAR ISLAND 2019 in Tokyo&Singapore
29.May.2019 | SPOT
This year marks the third year of STAR ISLAND, a firework festival set to take place at Toyosu Gurui Park on July 20, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.
STAR ISLAND will collapse together traditional Japanese fireworks with the latest in cutting-edge technology including 3D sound, lighting and show performances. This immersive entertainment experience will stimulate all five senses of attendees as they enjoy the show with against panoramic backdrop of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The tickets for STAR ISLAND sell out every single year. 2019 will be its fourth run and it promises to scale things up to greater heights as the event is moved to Toyosu Gururi Park for the first time.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The event will now house two children’s areas for families which have proven popular each year as well as new BBQ seats.
Past STAR ISLAND event
This year, STAR ISLAND is expanding its experience overseas. Up to now, the event has been held at Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo for two years in a row since its inception in 2017. At the end of 2018, it embarked to Singapore for the New Year’s event “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019” where it was the main attraction, showcasing its wondrous and moving content to people from 86 different countries.
STAR ISLAND will return to Singapore for the same event for the 2020 countdown. Before that, it will make its way to Saudi Arabia for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 on September 23, 2019, the same date the kingdom was founded.
If you get the chance, make sure to book your tickets to witness STAR ISLAND 2019 for yourself.
STAR ISLAND 2019
Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 16:00-21:00 (*Will go ahead if it rains but stop during stormy weather)
Location: TOKYO STAR ISLAND (Toyosu Gururi Park, 6-5 Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Enquiries: Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799 (Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-18:00)
Official Website: http://www.star-island.jp
STAR ISLAND 2019 Schedule
2019/7/20 – STAR ISLAND 2019 in Toyosu Gururi Park, Tokyo
2019/9/23 – STAR ISLAND in Saudi Arabia
2019/12/31 @ STAR ISLAND in Singapore
Shinagawa Prince Hotel’s NINE BAR DJ Music Receives New Theme Everyday
29.May.2019 | SPOT
DINING & BAR TABLE 9 TOKYO is a fabulous dining and bar venue located on the top floor of Shinagawa Prince Hotel. The establishment is known for its “DJ TIME” where a DJ plays music, and it has just been announced that the experience is set to be revamped on May 29 where the theme will change each day.
Ever since its grand opening, the bars of TABLE 9 TOKYO have been leaders of today’s Tokyo with its night scene as its opening hours roll out until 4:00am. It is home to 3 different bars, NINE BAR being one of them, and each enjoys a huge attendance rate including many non-Japanese guests.
The bar and lounge is a place for adults to sit down, enjoy a drink and listen to music. The idea to have a theme change each day is a way for the bar to expand its services by having more options to choose from when it comes to the music.
The first week will begin with jazzy music, and there will be disco music on Wednesday and Thursday for which a new standing area has been set up in front of the DJ booth. On Friday night guests can enjoy getting down to some energetic dance music while on the weekends the playlist will span a wide variety of genres.
Enjoy a sophisticated night out in Tokyo at NINE BAR.
DINING & BAR TABLE 9 TOKYO – NINE BAR –
Location: DINING & BAR TABLE 9 TOKYO (Shinagawa Prince Hotel Main Tower Floor 39F)
Business Hours: NINE BAR 5:00pm-4:00am (DJ TIME 9:00pm-11:45pm *Except Sundays and Mondays)
Charge: Cover Charge ¥1,080 / DJ TIME – Plus Charge Of ¥1,080
DJ TIME Daily Themes
Tuesday: “After hours lounge” – Chill at the start of a busy week with a selection of relaxing jazz music
Wednesday & Thursdays: “Disco NINE” – Disco sounds loved across the globe ★Standing Area available
Friday: “TGIF” – Celebrate the end of the week with some feel-good, energetic Friday night dance music
Saturday: “SIN CITY” – Weekend lounge with a variety of genres aimed at couples and girls
For details on the DJ schedule visit the official NINE BAR website: https://www.princehotels.co.jp/shinagawa/restaurant/contents/table9tokyo/ninebar/
Come see the new baby seal at Sunshine Aquarium! Aquarium turns to the public for name-choosing!
13.May.2019 | SPOT
A mummy and baby Baikal seal can be seen at Sunshine Aquarium, Tokyo from Wednesday 15th May! From the same day, the aquarium will be accepting suggestions for a cute name for the baby seal!
Three weeks after birth, the baby seal started to lose its white baby fur. Now, its fur is completely ash grey! The baby has been weaned off milk and has started to eat fish, however, it is still craving all the attention! When the staff approach, the baby immediately starts to whine and quickly shuffles towards them. The staff stroke the baby’s belly and after looking up at the staff happily, the baby often falls asleep!
The baby seal can be visited by the public from Wednesday 15th May and from the same day, the aquarium will start to take name suggestions from the public. The nickname will be announced on Thursday 13th June!
There is also a chance for you to get your hands on original goods and postcards to celebrate! Please take this opportunity to view these extremely precious Baikal seals and think of a lovely name while you’re at it!
※After a month since birth, the baby will grow black fur and become an adult!
Help the aquarium choose a name for the new baby Baikal seal!
Applications accepted: Weds 15/05 ー Sun 09/06
There will be a ceremony on Thursday 13th June to announce the baby’s name. (subject to change)
Application procedure: The application box will be located at the exit of Sunshine Aquarium. Please write your name suggestion, the reason you chose it and then fill out the necessary information to complete your application. Only one name application can be made per person.
Prizes: The top 10 names will be selected and those who chose the names will receive a selection of Baikal seal-themed goods. Out of all applicants, 50 will be randomly selected by lottery to receive Baikal seal poster which is approximately life-sized! Now that’s the real seal!
※ B1-size poster prize.
Enjoy a dolphin show and projection mapping at Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!
23.April.2019 | SPOT
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa will be running a special event called FLOWER AQUARIUM Directed BY NAKED ーBrand New Sea－ from Saturday 27th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019.
The main attraction of the event is the dolphin performances, which will be even more incredible as a new water fountain is going to be installed at the park. There will be different collaborations running during the day and night, creating an even more spectacular dolphin programme which crosses the boundaries of art!
During the day, there will be a collaboration with female vocal group Little Glee Monster, whose powerful and beautiful vocals and harmonies are worthy of note. The dolphin show will really come alive with the power of their music! The nighttime version features a collaboration with one of Japan’s most creative companies called NAKED Inc., who will also be managing the water tank exhibition areas. Enjoy a show of multicoloured flowers blooming and sunlight glimmering through the trees with the 360-degree projection mapping show. The projection mapping is a fantastic representation of spring, and is further enhanced with the dolphins!
There will also be an exhibition zone dedicated to the water tanks, artwork and colourful projection mapping area. Allow yourself to be completely surrounded by butterflyfish, fluttering like butterflies through the water. Spot the colourful light reflecting off the jellyfish which look like beautiful flowers. Enjoy the relaxing view of a countless number of flowers as the picturesque view of the beginning of summer unfolds.
You can also grab a bite to eat at the cafe bar, which is serving up an original menu with a FLOWER AQUARIUM theme. Come enjoy a moment to yourself regardless of the weather. The cafe is indoors and is the perfect environment for you to enjoy the refreshing taste of the start of summer!
Other event contents include a penguin performance and a jellyfish exhibition which also uses projection mapping over a large area! As we’re approaching the holidays, this is your chance to enjoy a magnificent world through the latest technology, so come on down to Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa!
Times: 10:00 am onwards, (5 ー 6 shows, each lasting approx. 15 mins)
※ The schedule of events running during this event period is subject to change.
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa.
Address: 4 Chome-10-30 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo (Inside Shinagawa Prince Hotel)
Individual：¥2,200 (adults/ high school students+), ¥1,200 (elementary/middle school students), ¥700 (kindergarten)
Year-long passport ¥4,200 (adults/ high school students+), ¥2,300 (elementary/middle school students), ¥1,300 (kindergarten)
※ There are two event attractions. Each costs ¥500 to attend once.
Event period: Saturday 27th April ー Sunday 7th July 2019.
Saturday 27th April ー Monday 6th May (8:30 ー 22:00)
Tuesday 7th May ー ー Sunday 7th July (10:00 ー 22:00)
※ Last entries accepted up to 1 hour before closing time.
Maxell Aqua Park, Shinagawa official website: www.aqua-park.jp
Iki Iruka Park in Nagasaki Prefecture is undergoing renovation and is set to reopen on April 25 with new facilities and programs.
Iki Iruka Park first opened in 1995. Located in the city of Iki on the island of Iki, the park enjoys up to 20,000 visitors a year. Its reopening will see a new cafe space open where the park will be open from morning time, something rarely seen on the island of Iki. The cafe menu will include items never before served in Iki such as pancakes from VERY FANCY®―a shop in Tokyo―as well as açaí bowls using local fruits and more. There will also be food served with local produce such as Iki brand beef, seasonal ingredients and so on. In the future the park hopes to be open at dinner time too as well as serve alcohol such as the Iki shochu from the shochu brewery that opened last year.
The new Iki Iruka Park will make full use of the surrounding natural environment for visitors to come into contact with the dolphins more, swim with them, and experience what it’s like to be a trainer amongst other activities. There will also be a special 1-night stays for 1 person where they get to spend 24 hours with the dolphins.
Iki Iruka Park
Address: Katsumotocho Higashifure, Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 9:30-17:30 / Weekends & Holidays 9:30-17:00
Non-Residents General ¥500 / Junior High School Students and below ¥250
Residents: Free (Citizen Card Required)