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Light Up the Night with the Explosive Brilliance of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival!



2023.07.20 (Thu)

By Dan Lewis, inbound tourism advisor and consultant, long-term Japan resident & outdoor activity enthusiast.

Come and witness a spectacular show of lights and colors! The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is one of Tokyo's most renowned and grandest fireworks displays. With its rich history and breathtaking pyrotechnics, this festival promises an unforgettable experience.
Dating back to 1733, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival has its origins in the "Ryogoku no Kawabiraki" fireworks display. The festival was initially held to honor the souls of famine and epidemic victims and to pray for the eradication of the plague. Since then, it has evolved into a celebration of culture and tradition, attracting thousands of visitors from near and far.
This captivating event showcases approximately 20,000 fireworks illuminating the night sky, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that captivates the hearts of onlookers. While traditional fireworks are a staple of the festival, the event also features innovative and artistic displays, adding an extra layer of excitement. You can witness the creativity of the fireworks designers as they compete to showcase their best work.
To make the Sumida River Fireworks Festival safe and enjoyable for all, we kindly ask for your cooperation in following the rules listed below. These rules are designed to protect everyone and maintain a harmonious atmosphere. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Please note the following rules for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival:
・Do not fly small unmanned aircraft (drones, etc.) as they can pose a danger to others.
・Marking roads and parks with duct tape, chalk, or spray paint is strictly prohibited.
・Climbing fences or entering restricted areas is dangerous and damaging to the environment.
・Avoid loud voices or behaviors that disturb others, ensuring a peaceful atmosphere.
・Selling goods, including food and beverages, within the festival area is not permitted.
・Smoking is only allowed in designated areas to prevent accidents and discomfort for others.
・Take responsibility for your garbage by disposing of it properly or using designated bins.
・Unauthorized entry into private premises is strictly prohibited.
Experience the awe-inspiring Sumida River Fireworks Festival! Join us as we celebrate this extraordinary event that showcases the vibrant beauty of lights and colors.

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