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/
In celebration of the annual Saudi National Day―which commemorates the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia―STAR ISLAND held a special event at Jeddah Fountain View on September 23 entitled “STAR ISLAND SAUDI ARABIA NATIONAL DAY EDITION” which was attended by Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia.
STAR ISLAND was created in Japan and describes itself as ‘future firework entertainment.’ It fuses traditional Japanese fireworks with cutting-edge technology such as 3D sound, lighting and lasers. It has been taken both around Japan and overseas.
The event completely sold out, with close to 300,000 people gathering to witness the jaw-dropping, one-night-only firework spectacle forged specially for the 89th Saudi National Day. Also in attendance was Tsukasa Uemura who is the Ambassador of Japan at the Embassy of Japan in Saudia Arabia, as well as Amr Banaja, the CEO of General Entertainment Authority Saudi Arabia.
This was the second STAR ISLAND to be held outside of Japan. A special edition was prepared for the celebrations. The theme was “The Boy and The Falcon.” In the show, young boys from both countries went on a trip around the world with a falcon, experiencing many difference cultures. The boys travelled to the year 2030 to see that both countries were still as wonderful as ever.
The story touched on Saudi Vision 2030, a long-term plan by Saudi Arabia which looks to further grow itself as a tourism nation, develop public sectors, and diversify its economy.
During the performance, local dance groups and Japanese performers stood on stage together to celebrate Saudi Arabian tradition and other cultures. It was an historical moment for the books.
The event was held at the behest of the Saudi Arabian General Authority for Entertainment (GEA), resulting in the development and vitalisation of both countries’ entertainment markets as well as helping to create jobs. It also deepened the relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
STAR ISLAND SAUDI ARABIA NATIONAL DAY EDITION
Date: September 23, 2019
Time: 21:00-22:30 (Doors opened 19:00)
Location: Jeddah Fountain View (2099 Al Kurnaysh Rd, Al Hamra District, ,حي الحمراءJeddah 23212)
Official Website: http://www.star-island.jp
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?
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?
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
Future Firework Entertainment Event ‘STAR ISLAND’ Heads to Singapore
04.November.2018 | SPOT
STAR ISLAND is an event that describes itself as ‘future firework entertainment.’ The show has been held twice in the past and sold over 30,000 tickets. Now, for the first time ever, the fireworks will be exploding overseas.
STAR ISLAND Singapore Countdown Edition will welcome the New Year at The Float @ Marina Bay in Singapore at 23:00 on December 31, 2018.
STAR ISLAND brings together top creators in Japan to evolve Japan’s firework culture. Some big names include creative director Kenji Kohashi, the 150-year-old firework company Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks, 3D sound pioneer Katsuyuki Seto, globally-active lighting engineer AIBA, and more.
The event offers new ways to enjoy watching fireworks. The ‘Bed Area’ lets you gaze up at the lights while laying on a bed. The ‘Dinner Area’ is a place where can enjoy a meal while watching the fireworks. The ‘Kids Area’ is perfect for families, allowing attendees to see the explosions with their children. The event has given rise to a brand new business model that combines multiple paid-seating areas with fireworks.
STAR ISLAND has been held two years in a row in 2017 and 2018 at Odaiba Kaihin-Koen in Tokyo. Now, with backing from the Singaporean government, it is headed to what is said to be the largest region in Asia. The huge New Year’s countdown will take place with Singapore’s landmark Marina Bay Sands in the background.
12,000 fireworks will be launched, with each individual one firing to each beat of the music in sync. Cutting edge sound technology will propel the music which will blare from over 300 individual 3D sound speakers for a full 360° experience. A string of performances will take place on stage, including one from the LED BAND who combine the fireworks with 3D sound and lighting to create a rainbow of colours. The kid’s area will be decked out with a jungle gym, ball pit and breast-feeding area for mothers.
Celebrate the coming new year Japanese-style in Singapore.
STAR ISLAND SINGAPORE COUNTDOWN EDITION in conjunction with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown
Date: December 31, 2018
Time: 23:00-02:00 (Open from 17:00) (Local Time)
Location: The Float @ Marina Bay (20 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039805)
*Event will go ahead even if it rains.
Japan: Available November 3, 2018 from 11:00 (JST) at http://w.pia.jp/t/starislandsingapore/
Singapore; Available November 1, 2018 (Local Time) from 15:00 at https://star-island.sg/
Official Event Website
Mapping event, “Sky Fireworks ‐FIREWORKS BY NAKED‐” will be held at Osaka Abeno Harukas
17.September.2018 | SPOTThe night-time projection mapping event, “Tenku Hanabi ‐FIREWORKS BY NAKED –“ staged by NAKED will be held at the observation deck of “Abeno Harukas” named “Harukas 300” from September 21st 2018 (Fri.).“Harukas 300” has been holding the projection mapping event called, “CITY LIGHT FANTASIA BY NAKED” for the past 4 years, during the winter season. This event has gained much popularity from both domestic and foreign visitors and over 600 thousand visitors have visited the event to date.This time, the creative team of NAKED developed an art collection, “Tenku Hanabi ‐FIREWORKS BY NAKED.” Fireworks can usually only be seen in one direction but they have successfully created fireworks that can be projected on the walls of buildings using projection mapping technology. The visitors of the event can enjoy a “colorful sky rocket experience” using projection mapping technology and they can sense technology by touching the 16m-high wall named “Twin Tower” which is located on the west side of Tenku Teien (sky garden / 58F).Visitors can also enjoy watching fireworks from different angles in a space (58F to 60F) surrounded by 3-layered glass which is known as a unique aspect of “Harukas 300.”Let’s enjoy this brand-new fireworks entertainment event which is a combination of traditional fireworks and a sparkling world created using the motif of a kaleidoscope.
Fireworks inside a mall?! Enjoy the wonders of projection mapping at Ginza San-ai Dream Centre!
13.August.2018 | SPOT
From Friday 10th August 2018, make your way to San-ai Dream Centre, which is located at the crossing on Ginza 4-Chome, to witness fireworks blooming in the mall by 80 Ricoh Ultra Short Throw Projectors.
As fireworks are heavily associated with Japanese summers, this is the theme for the projection mapping project. Combining colours and 3D images, Ginza’s night sky will glisten as fireworks launch into the sky, producing a magical atmosphere. This project was first launched in December 2017 with the intention of contributing to Tokyo’s diverse culture and entertaining visitors in Ginza.
Since opening in January 1963, San-ai Dream Centre has become a landmark of Ginza. The projection mapping will utilise every inch of the many characteristic glass windows of the mall. Digital image artist group WOW, who operate globally, was in charge of using this characteristic building as their canvas, transforming every inch into a fun display.
Enjoy the summer feeling of fireworks launching into the night sky of the city.
【TRAVEL Q&A】Enjoy Japanese firework festivals to the max with this must-know info!
From July to August, firework festivals spring up all over Japan. Firework festivals are one of the things that are heavily associated with Japanese summers. This article is here to provide useful information so you can make the most out of them. We’ll also provides ome tips on what to bring!
Things you should know about firework festivals in Japan
The toilets surrounding the venue are usually congested – for males and females, so it’s best to go before getting there. If you make it to the venue and need to go, make sure you go before the display begins so you don’t miss anything!
Finding a good spot
For any fireworks event, it’s best to get there between one and two hours early so you can nab a good spot!
IC Card charging/ Purchasing travel tickets
After the event, the train stations closest to the event are always going to be crowded with people, so before setting off for the festival, make sure your IC card is fully charged, or that you already have all your tickets for the journey there and back.
What to bring
What should you bring to fully enjoy a pleasant evening of fireworks?
1. Leisure sheet
You can purchase tickets for special seating to enjoy the show, but many decide to sit on the ground by reserving a spot with a leisure sheet. To ensure your clothes don’t get dirty, make sure you bring this sheet with you! We recommend buying one in advance from a 100 yen shop. It is possible to get these from a convenience store, but they may sell out on the day of the fireworks event so it’s best to get one in advance.
2. Wear long sleeves!
It is usually very humid on a typical Japanese summer’s day, but depending on the weather and the location, it can get rather chilly at night. There’s also a possibility that ash and remnants from the explosions above your head can fall from the sky and onto you. That is why we recommend long-sleeved clothing. You could also wear a Yukata or bring a blanket.
3. Bring insect repellant and itch relief medicine
At firework festivals, many insects lurk in the grass upon which you are sat or near water. Make sure you have your creams and medicines at the ready to prevent a mosquito attack and to soothe the aftermath. You can also purchase these at drugstores or convenience stores near train stations.
4. Food and alcohol
Indulging in food and alcohol whilst watching a fireworks display is one of the finest experiences you will ever have. Usually, there are food carts and stalls selling food and drinks that were prepared specifically for the occasion. We would recommend that you have a taste of these, however, they will be crowded. For those of you who hate queuing, it is best to buy your snacks and drinks in advance. Be aware that supermarkets and convenience stores close to the event will also be crowded.
So, what do you think? If you’re well prepared then you can really make the most out of your night – get to it! ♡
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Japanese summer = Fireworks! 2018’s most popular firework festivals summed up here!
As we cruise our way through the summer, firework festivals are just over the horizon ♩ Large-scale firework festivals will spring up all over the country, so it can be difficult to decide which one to attend – but don’t worry – this article will lend a helping hand, as we’ll be introducing the most popular and most unique large-scale firework festivals in the Kanto region!
Adachi Fireworks (Adachi Ward, Tokyo)
Date/time: Saturday 21st July 2018 (19:30 20:30)
This is one of the earlier firework festivals that takes place in Tokyo. In just one hour, approximately 13,600 fireworks lift off into the sky. The true charm of the show is that a high density of fireworks explodes in a condensed and organised manner. This is the first ever fireworks display to have used Niagara-style fireworks and Star Mines that explode to fit a dramatic piece of music. This display is special because it incorporates a variety of colours that you won’t get bored of!
Katsushika mild evening firework festival (Katsushika, Tokyo)
Date/time: Tuesday 24th July 2018 (19:20 – 20:20)
This festival has been running for more than half a century and is much-loved by the locals! From the river, you can see the fully-loaded impact of the fireworks launch into the sky at point-blank range. The “Mount Fuji Niagara” allows spectators to enjoy fireworks from their launch at ground level to when they explode in the sky. During this programme, classic and Japanese instruments are fused for the “Digital Star Mine” performance. Niagara fireworks falling from the heavens is the masterpiece of this event.
Kamakura Firework Festival (Kamakura, Kanagawa)
Date/time: Tuesday 24th July 2018 (19:20 – 20:10)
This firework festival unfolds on the coast of Kanagawa. This festival is famous for its fireworks that blossom in the water! Fireworks are thrown into the sea from a moving boat and explode with passion above the sea. As Kanagawa is also a famous touristic location, you should definitely go sightseeing during the daytime.
Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festival 2018 (Mihama Ward, Chiba)
Date/time: Friday 27th July 2018 (19:30 – 20:30)
This will be the 40th anniversary of the Makuhari Beach Fireworks festival, displaying approximately 20,000 fireworks as the largest fireworks festival in the country. You can only experience such an intense display over the sea at Makuhari. The theme for this event is “Makuhari seaside fireworks spreading across the globe”. From the opening to the finale, this hour-long event will open with approximately 3,300 musical Star Mines. To commemorate 40 years of running, this year, “THE MAKUHARI HANABI” programme will also feature a large round fireworks display of approximately 4,400 fireworks as the main attraction. For the grand finale, around 7,500 fireworks will glisten under the full moon, turning the entire night sky silver with Niagara fireworks.
Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Taito, Tokyo)
Date/time: Saturday 28th July, 2018 (19:00 – 20:30)
This is said to have originated in the year 1733 with the purpose of praying for those who died from famine the previous year. Due to its formality and tradition, this is the greatest fireworks festival in the whole Kanto region. After being suspended several times throughout history, in 1978 it was brought back to life as the Sumida River Firework Festival. The one venue spans from downstream the Sakurabashi bridge to the Kototoibashi bridge. This is where pyrotechnicians with excellent reputations gather and have a showdown! Spectators view their passion, as their pride booms in the sky. You mustn’t miss out on the new fireworks that each company has to offer! This is the place to enjoy historic tradition!
Edo River Fireworks Festival (Edo River, Tokyo)
Date/time: Saturday 4th August 2018 (19:15 – 20:30
This is a large-scale fireworks display that takes place at Edo River (Tokyo) and Ichikawa (Chiba) at the same time. There are eight different themes of fireworks, each with a different image to compliment the background music. As is tradition, 1,000 fireworks are launched in the first five seconds to open the show, and after 75 minutes, the exploding fireworks form streams of gold and silver to create the image of a gold crown for the finale. The images that are constantly changing in the sky with every explosion is certainly the most fascinating feature of this event!
So how about it? This summer, gather your family, lovers and friends and create a night to remember at a fireworks festival you have never been to! Japanese firework festivals are overflowing with creativity, so please enjoy them!
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.