Fireworks at Toyohira river
Last Friday, Sapporo was filled with yukata-clad men and women in high spirits – the annual fireworks (hanabi) at Toyohira River were here at last! Students of Hokkaido JaLS couldn’t miss this opportunity, and went to the hanabi in style, wearing yukata.
The fireworks are held once a year and are organised by UHB (TV company) and Hokkaido Shinbun. Most people gather at the banks of the Toyohira River to be able to watch the fireworks display without any buildings blocking the view. Families, students, co-workers, friends: everyone enjoys the spectacle together.
The spectacle is split up into three parts, with short intermissions to let the air clear and let people enjoy what they have seen so far. The entire display lasts about 45 minutes.
Wearing yukata (a light, summer version of the kimono) to fireworks is a tradition in Japan: fireworks displays have been held for a very long time, and wearing the yukata transports people back to the old days. Fireworks and similar events are therefore one of the best reasons to really dress up and enjoy some old-school entertainment.
Students of Hokkaido JaLS definitely enjoyed themselves. Why don’t you join us next time?