Dec 8, 2016
Niigata is known for three great fireworks shows. The first is held in coastal Kashiwazaki, the second in mountainous Katakai, and the third along the banks of the Shinano River – also known as the Nagoaka Festival Fireworks. This is the one that you shouldn't miss!
It is famous for ‘The Sanshakudama’ fireworks, which explodes into a 650 meter-wide flower in the sky! I heard that the fireworks shell weighs a whopping 300 kilograms! Imagine the amount of explosives needed to fire it into the sky.
However, beyond this kaleidoscopic spectacle, lies a deeper meaning.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Shiragiku (chrysanthemum) fireworks appearing at the start of the show. This beautiful creation is actually a memorial for the victims of the Nagaoka bombing. In fact, the whole fireworks show was initially meant as a memorial and a sign of peace after the Second World War.
If you happen to see huge fireworks that resemble a phoenix’s tail after exploding, it’s the Fukko Kigan Phoenix. These acted as a symbol of prayer during the reconstruction and revitalisation of the area after the Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake in 2004.
Don’t you think that the fireworks are even more beautiful now that you know the stories behind them? I do!
So make your reservations quickly. To get the best view, reserve the viewing seats. However, if you don’t manage to get a seat, you can still get a good view from the Chosei Bridge or the Ote Bridge.
To check when the next festival is happening, simply do a quick search online!
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