For a moment the darkness is lighted
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Didn't get enough fireworks on the Fourth? Got fogged out? US holidays irrelevant anyway? "長岡花火大会2012年2日間の総集編 Fireworks the most beautiful in the japan"
is 30 minutes of HD fireworks from the Nagaoka fireworks festival, one of several fireworks festivals
in Japan. It has two segments, one each from the first and second night of the fireworks. According to Japan Guide, "both nights feature two straight hours of fireworks...The show's finale covers nearly two kilometers of the riverbank and is the widest span of fireworks in the world."
You can find many more Japanese fireworks videos on Youtube
(including the "New Fireworks Contest" in Nagano
), but how about some context? Nippon.com presents a short historical overview, "Fireworks by 'Hanabishi' Masters Blossom in the Night Sky"
. Begin Japanology: Fireworks
, hosted by Peter Barakan, introduces us to some women who hand-make traditional fireworks. Fireworks company Marutamaya gives us the terminology to appreciate the four stages of a firework
: uwari (sitting), bon (tray), kata (shoulder), and kie-kuchi (disappearing mouth). And while poetry might not be the first association most people have with fireworks, Kobayashi Issa
(among others) wrote about them:
yo ni tsurete hanabi no tama mo okii zo
following the times
bigger and bigger!
ichi mon no hanabi mo tamaya tamaya kana
Ready to go?
P. S. Are there manga character fireworks? Of course