Yukata and Hanabi
We are at the moment right in the middle of the hanabi 花火 (花: “flower”, 火: “fire”) season in Japan. Firework festivals are one of the most traditional ways for the Japanese people to celebrate Summer. The tradition is to dress up in a yukata and gather in public places to see the fireworks.
One way of calculating the reputation of a hanabi is to count the number of explosions heard. This year, in the first ranked hanabi in Japan 100,000 explosions/blasts were counted. The hanabi in Sumidagawa, with 22,000 explosions, is the most popular in Tokyo and has been celebrated for 300 years.
This year, me and my friends went to the hanabi of Jingu Gaien, which this year has ranked third in the local rankings in Tokyo.