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Blast in Japan Summer 2006

Festivals and Fireworks in Kanto Region
– August Edition –

Suigo Omigawa Fireworks
A historical fireworks celebrating its 110th anniversary this summer. The splendid flowers of fire sparks shot up in the vast sky are also reflected on the wide surface of the Tonegawa River, allowing the audience to appreciate a specialty sight to this town of rich green and water. Above all the fireworks, the most impressive is probably the Shakudama Concour in which numbers of fireworks artists from across the country boast their best works one after another competing in their beauty.
[Dates] August 1, 2006
[Time] 19:00 – 21:00
[Location] Tonegawa Riverside, Omigawa Ohashi Bridge lower stream / Omigawacho, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture
[Access] 20-min-walk from JR Omigawa Station
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0748-82-1111
(Omigawa Ward Office, Commerce Industry and Tourism)
[URL] http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/kankou/event/su_007.html
(Katori City official web site, Japanese)
Koto Fireworks
Since the fireworks cannons and the main viewing site are only 150 meters (slightly less than 1/10 miles) apart, the impact you get is incomparable to the other fireworks. Gives you a great sense of Japanese summer.
[Dates] August 1, 2006
[Time] 19:30 – 20:30
[Location] Arakawa & Sunamachi Water Park
8-22 Higashisuna, Koto-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 15-min-walk from Minamisuna Station:
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-3647-4963 (Koto Ward)
[URL] http://www.city.koto.lg.jp/seikatsu/community/16/67.html
(Koto Ward official web site, Japanese)
Enoshima Fireworks
A number of large scale fireworks are held in the Kanto region on August 1st this year, and here is another one you might not want to miss if you’re around the coast of eastern Kanagawa. Along the shoreline known as one of the prominent surfing spots in Kanto shoot up the king size Nishakudama, Shakudama, Star Mine and other fireworks in vivid and brilliant colors. This fireworks provides you a chance to see the wonderful sunset of Enoshima and tremendous fireworks all in one evening.
[Dates] August 1, 2006
[Time] 19:15 – 22:15
[Location] Katase Kaigain Nishihama
3-27 Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture
[Access] 2-min-walk from Katase Enoshima Station:
Odakyu Enoshima Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0466-24-4141 (Katase Enoshima Sightseeing Bureau)
[URL] http://www.cityfujisawa.ne.jp/~fkanko/e-hanabi.htm
(Fujisawa City Tourist Association official web site, JPN)
Numata Matsuri
For three days, visitors are invited to see various aspects of the festival including the elegant and beautiful festival float Mandou, Tengu Mikoshi* carried only by women, other mikoshi and the one-thousand dancers’ Nagashi-Odori**.
*Tengu... a mythical creature in Japanese myths and tales. Depending on the region, it could be regarded as
                something equivalent to gods or on the other hand, specter.
**Nagashi-Odori... dancing performed on wide streets with a number of little dance groups forming a parade.
[Dates] August 3-5, 2006
[Time] differ accordingly to each sub-event
[Location] Numata City center, National Route 120 etc.
Shimizucho, Numata City, Gunma Prefecture
[Access] 15-min-walk from Numata Station: JR Joetsu Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0278-23-1137 (Numata Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
[URL] http://www.kannet.ne.jp/tengu/maturi/maturi.htm
(Numata Chamber of Commerce and Industry official web site, Jpn)
Kiryu Yagibushi* Matsuri
The circle of rhythmical dance expands along the beats of sticks hitting barrels escalate. There will be mikoshi, parade and All Japan Yagibushi Competition throughout the festival.

*Yagibushi... an indigenous folk music to this region in
    which people sing along beats made by sticks and barrels.

[Dates] Aug 4-6, 2006
[Time] depend on each sub-event
[Location] Honcho Street, Suehirocho Street, etc.
Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture
[Access] 1-min-walk from JR Kiryu Station
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0277-46-1111 (Kiryu City Industrial Development Division)
[URL] http://kiryu-maturi.net/
(Kiryu Yagibushi Matsuri official website, Japanese)
Watarase Summer Festa Ashikaga Fireworks
Another fireworks with a long history of more than 100 years. Nearly 20,000 fireworks including display and fixed ones in various size decorate the summer night sky above the wide river, enabling viewers to enjoy impact and beauty both at the same time.
[Dates] Aug 1-3, 2006
[Time] 19:00 – 21:00
[Location] Watarasegawa Riverside, Tanakabashi Bridge lower stream
Nakamachi, Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture
[Access] 5-min-walk from Ashikagashi Station: Tobu Tetsudo railways
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0284-41-1354 (Watarase Summer Festa Planning Committee)
[URL] http://www.tochigiji.or.jp/guide/8_04/8_04.html
(Tochigi Tourist Association official web site, Japanese)
Edogawa Ward Fireworks
Approximately 14,000 fireworks will entertain viewers, accordingly to 8 themes along with music. The site is also accessible from JR Koiwa Station (Sobu Line) and may be better to use this station on the way back considering the crowd.
[Dates] August 5, 2006
[Time] 19:15 – 20:30
[Location] Edogawa Riverbed (Metropolitan Shinozaki Park)
1-25 Kami-Shinozakicho, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 15-min-walk Shinozaki Station: Toei Shinjuku Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-5662-0523
(Edogawa-ku Fireworks Planning Committee Office)
[URL] http://www.ei-net.city.edogawa.tokyo.jp/event/event2.html
(Edogawa-ku official web site, Japanese)
Isesaki Tonegawa Fireworks
This is the only fireworks in Kanto Region where you can see Sanshakudama fireworks (biggest fireworks display with its original diameter 88.5cm and shoots up as high as 600m high, and the fireworks diameter in the air being as wide as 550m), and other large ones counting as much as 30,000 shots. The program is consisted mostly with Star Mine and will color up the dark sky brightly with huge fire flowers for an hour.
[Dates] August 12, 2006
[Time] 19:15 – 20:15
[Location] Tonegawa Riverbed
Isesaki City, Gunma Prefecture
[Access] 25-min-walk from Sakaimachi Station: Tobu Tetsudo railways
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0270-76-1560
(Gunma Isesaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
[URL] http://www.akabori.or.jp/hanabi/hanabi.html
(Gunma Isesaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japanese)
Saitama City Fireworks
Saitama City Fireworks boasts one of the largest scale fireworks with a total of 15,000 shots including Star Mine and Nishakudama (58cm diameter). There will be a shuttle bus from JR Minami Yono Station as well.
[Dates] August 12, 2006
[Time] 19:00 – 21:00
[Location] Arakawa Sogo Undo Koen (Arakawa General Sports Ground)
591-Oji-zaike , Sakura-ku , Saitama city , Saitama Prefecture
[Access] 20-min-walk from the shuttle bus setting out from JR Omiya Station
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 0180-99-3144 (NTT Tele Dome)
[URL] http://www.scvb.or.jp/topics/hanabi.shtml
(Saitama Convention & Visitor’s Bureau official web site, Japanese)
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri
One of the Three Edo Matsuri alongside of Sanno Matsuri and Kanda Matsuri. The Grand Mikoshi sets out from the shrine and tours around the neighborhood as it gets covered with water.
[Dates] August 12, 2006
[Time] depend accordingly to each sub-event
[Location] Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine
1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 3-min-walk from Monzen Nakacho Station:
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-3642-1315 (Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine)
[URL] http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/
(Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine official web site, Japanese)
Asakusa Samba Carnaval
Being probably the biggest samba carnival in the Tokyo, about 4,500 dancers gather and parade through the all-time tourist spot of Tokyo and what used to be downtown Edo, Asakusa. The combination of the Brazilian excitement and heat, and the Tokyo downtown neighborhood still retaining the townscape and character of several centuries ago seems rather odd, but this is a festival that has been going on for nearly 30 years since its creation by the neophilia Edokko (people who were born and raised in downtown Tokyo district).
[Dates] August 26, 2006 (2007 Asakusa Samba will take place on Aug.25)
[Time] depend on each event. the parade starts from 13:30
[Location] Asakusa, Basha-Dori, Kaminarimon-Dori
Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
[Access] 0-min-walk from Asakusa Station:
Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line
[Admission] Free
[Inquiry] 03-3847-0038 (June-August: Asakusa Samba Carnaval Office)
[URL] http://www.asakusa-samba.jp/
(Asakusa Samba Carnaval official web site, Japanese)
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