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YOKOHAMA PORT FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: YOKOHAMA PORT FESTIVAL
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST JUNE TO SUNDAY 2ND JUNE 2019
WHERE: RINKO PARK, SOUTH EXIT PLAZA, MINATOMORI, NISHIKU, YOKOHAMA CITY, KANGAWA PREFECTURE
COST: FREE

The port was first opened in June 1859, giving Yokohama foreign shipping rights to countries such as America, Holland, Russia, Britain, and France. At this time, there was no official celebration for the opening, but as the year passed and the port rapidly grew it was decided that on the one-year anniversary that a celebration would take place. Following exponential growth, in 1995 it was established as an annual event which became the official Yokohama Port Festival. The second of June is classed as an official holiday in Yokohama and the celebration attracts over 700,000 visitors over the 2 days; making it the biggest event celebrated at the beginning of the summer in Yokohama.

Everywhere you go throughout summer in Japan you will see festivals of all kinds, and with these, it normally means one thing follows: fireworks. This event is no exception to the rule.

Sparkles in Twilight / Yokohama Port Festival 2015

Yokohama is brimming with tourists’ spots and a stone throw from Tokyo. This was the first established festival to open its doors to foreign visitors over a century ago and the region has benefited massively for this with architecture, new traditions and customs and international music and beer festivals were brought to the people of Japan via this port.

The 2-day event is packed with action and activities to be enjoyed by both the young and old, both off and on the water. Here is a rough guide of what to expect throughout the 2 days:

• DANCE COMPETITION AND DEMONSTRATIONS
• QUIZZES
• MUSIC CONCERTS
• CHOIR
• STAGE SHOWS
• INTERNATIONAL CUISINE CONCESSIONS
• WATER SPORTS
• TRADITIONAL FOOD AND DRINK
• FIREWORKS

The opening of the festival is a concert with local talent performing onstage, along with the performance from professional dancers and children producing dynamic scenes on stage.

The main performance of the festival is “dream of harmony”, 800 people from across Yokohama join and form a choir and treat the visitors to a musical ensemble. In the entertainment experience part of the festival, you can ride a small ship one of the many amphibious boats or buses or give the sea kayaking or stand up paddle boarding a try. If you don’t have your sea legs, there is plenty on dry land to enjoy whilst you watch those brave (or crazy) enough to take part.

The beam spectacle fireworks are the name given to the magnificent fireworks display held on the evening on the 2nd of June. This takes place over the harbour lighting up the skies above. In the 40-minute show, you will be amazed by the musical fireworks, lasers, and lights making this a fantastic end to the evening’s celebrations.

If you fancy a different view on the show, there are also plenty of boats offering evening cruises some with dinner packages to make your day that extra special.

The summer in Japan is packed with firework events so if you can’t get along to see this first-hand but are visiting Japan through the Summer, we feature articles on most of the events taking place so keep an eye on our blogs for more information.

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RYUKYU KAIENSAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

WHAT: RYUKYU KAIENSAI FIREWORKS FESTIVAL
WHERE: GINOWAN TROPICAL BEACH, GINOWAN SEASIDE PARK
WHEN: SATURDAY 13th APRIL 2019
COST: TICKETS FOR SEATS AVAILABLE / SOME FREE VIEWING PLACES

The Ryukyu sea fire festival is the earliest summer festival to take place in Japan. This year will be the 16th edition and has the theme of “to the summer that is touched the earliest in Japan”.

It is one of the biggest shows in Okinawa with a fusion of Japanese music and culture, also boasting to hold one of the largest scale fireworks displays in Japan.

Coinciding with the sea opening, Okinawa is the only place that you will be able to find fireworks on the beach in April. There are special seating areas set up all around the beach and these can range from around ¥ 10,800 (£73.00) to ¥ 4,300 (£30.00). You can also view the fireworks from areas that don’t have any seating for free, but this will not allow you to see the entertainment on offer before the fireworks finale.

The fireworks have been designed by some of Japans top pyrotechnic artists along with the worldwide designer Junko Koshino. Famed for the fireworks drawings and designs that sent Marutamaya Ogatsu fireworks Co on to win the Macau international fireworks competition in 2016. She also has participated in some of the most famous fashion shows in the world, such as London Fashion Week, Beijing, Cuba, has produced the Japan festival fashion show and the official opening of the John F Kennedy center in Washington DC.

2016/04/09琉球海炎祭

The fireworks will be lit around 19:30pm and the show will last over an hour. Prepared to be mesmerized as over 10000 fireworks, all with a rainbow of colours and an abundance of different effects light up the night sky of the southern island. With the ocean waters below, this creates a magnificent mirror image on the water’s surface. The fireworks are choreographed to a musical score of Okinawan music, a wild range of soul, classical and original chanpuru music timed within seconds so that every note comes with a bang.

With the fireworks been the most popular part of this event if you are lucky enough to be in the area make sure that you arrive early especially in free viewing areas. The full event attracts tens of thousands of locals and visitors to the area all wanting to catch a part of the explosive action to end the evening.

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ODAIBA RAINBOW FIREWORKS

WHAT: ODAIBA RAINBOW FIREWORKS
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST, 8TH, 15, 22ND & 29TH DECEMBER 2018
TIME: 7:00PM START FOR THE FIREWORKS
WHERE: ODAIBA BEACH PARK / STATUE OF LIBERTY OFF THE COAST
COST: FREE

Tokyo is normally well known for their summertime fireworks festivals, but here in Odaiba, they like to be different and carry on the festival through the winter months too.

The dark winter nights and the clear skies provides the perfect black canvas for these magnificent fireworks lighting up the night sky in a spectrum of colour and effects. Make sure that if you attend you wrap up warm as the temperature average this time of year is around 12°C (54° F) at its highest and 4°C (39°F) at its lowest.

Many of the places in and around Odaiba will be lit up including the 800-metre rainbow bridge, statue of liberty, cyberpunk city skyline and Tokyo tower in the centre along with the glistening lights coming from the illuminated pleasure cruises reflecting on the water.

Around 1,800 fireworks are launched from boats in the water just north from the rainbow bridge, giving you a fantastic view from both sides of the bay. The best place to watch the fireworks is in front of the Decks Shopping Centre, or on the Tokyo side Harumi Park is considered the best place to be.

If you fancy being a little more extravagant then why not book on one of the “yakata-bune” a cruising restaurant in Tokyo Bay and see the fireworks from the sea.

Please make sure that you check where you are standing to view the event as on some of the terraces and decks you may not be ale to stand for safety reasons, but these are clearly marked with signs (and wrote in English).

As well as the fireworks there will be street performers lining the boardwalk, a winter wonderland or even visit some of the fantastic little eateries in the malls offering some fantastic local cuisine.

Wherever you choose to watch the fireworks make sure that you take a camera with you as there is some perfect opportunities to get some perfect snapshots for the memory books. The fireworks last around 10 minutes and won’t disappoint no breaks and all the bangs, fizzes and colour you could imagine.

On Saturday 22nd December, the show will be synchronised to music making the one before Christmas just a little bit more special for the locals and visitors alike. It is advised that during this day the crowds tend to be bigger so if you want to avoid these it may be best to visit during other days.

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