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  • Sumida River Fireworks Festival 2019
    (42nd Sumida-gawa hanabi taikai)

    27 July 2019
    *To be postponed to 28 July in case of stormy weather
    *To be cancelled if neither day is possible
    Sumida River

    One of Tokyo’s three major fireworks festivals, “Sumida River Fireworks Festival” attracts some 960,000 spectators every year.

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    Photo (all in this article): Courtesy of Taito City, Tokyo

    Roots of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival

    The roots of “Sumidagawa hanabi taikai” go back to the Edo period in 1733, when a firework event took place at Ryogoku (currently in Sumuda-ku, Tokyo) during the reign of the Eighth Tokugawa Shogun Yoshimune. The event was held in order to console the souls of those who died in the great famine in the previous year.

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    Best spot to view the Sumida River Fireworks

    For the 2019 festival, brilliant flowers will spark in the night sky, lighting up the Sumida River and highlighting the silhouette of Tokyo Skytree.

    The best spot to see the fireworks show can be high in the sky – one of Tokyo’s major observation decks or hotel rooms (perhaps sipping a nice glass of something) – under special plans.

    Or on one of these Japanese-style pleasure boats called yakata-bune (though they often tend to be booked up early).

    Alternatively, it is also perfectly allowed to become a couch potato, as TV Tokyo will relay live coverage of the show this year again. And it’s free.

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    But what if you like to view the fireworks closely…?

    The best place is near one of the two launching stations – walking distance from Asakusa. Wowed and amazed, you will be gazing the show – most likely while “strolling” or “standingon the street, elbow to elbow with your fellow viewers. There is little space to take a seat in the premises.

    Otherwise, secure a table at one of these restaurants and bars with a view.

    Sumida River Fireworks Festival 2019

    A total of some 20,000 fireworks will be launched from two firing stations on the banks of the Sumida River (Sumida-gawa).

    From 7 pm to the finale at 8:30 pm, fireworks will explode in the sky, constantly and alternately launched from the two stations, according to their respective programmes.

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    Venues and programmes

    ◆ Station No.1 (between “Sakura-bashi” and “Kototoi-bashi” Bridges)

    A total of 9,756 fireworks will be launched from here.

    Following a flamboyant opening, the 2019 programme of the Venue No.1 will showcase a variety shows, such as: “A Gift from the Sky”, “Pokemon Fireworks” and “Shangri-La in the Night with a Crescent Moon”.

    Also, 200 fireworks participating in the competition will light up the sky for the mid-programme.

    ◆ Station No.2 (between “Komagata-bashi” and “Umaya-bahsi” Bridges)

    The sky will explode in fiery flowers in the opening show of the second venue. This will be followed by a series of absolutely gorgeous shows designed in “Edo style” with Japanese motifs, from the beginning to the end.

    A total of 10,650 fireworks will flare from this station in 2019.

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* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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