According to Mareng Wikipedia...
"During the summer in Japan, fireworks festivals (hanabi taikai) are held nearly every day someplace in the country, in total numbering more than 200 during August. The festivals consist of large fireworks shows, the largest of which use between 100,000 and 120,000 rounds (PL Art of Fireworks), and can attract more than 800,000 spectators. Street vendors set up stalls to sell various drinks and staple Japanese food (such as Yakisoba, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, kakigori (shaved ice), and traditionally held festival games, such as Kingyo-sukui, or Goldfish scooping. Even today, men and women attend these events wearing the traditional Yukata, summer Kimono, or Jinbei (men only), collecting in large social circles of family or friends to sit picnic-like, eating and drinking, while watching the show. The first fireworks festival in Japan was held in 1733."
Just like last year our friend and colleague Hayakawa-san invited us to view hanabi (fireworks) in Chofu City (Tokyo) which is near their place. The event was held at the banks of Tamagawa River. That was Sunday, August 24, 2014. A week after our Australia trip may booking kagad. Yes. Ako na busy. Chararat! Hayakawa-san's husband already reserved a space for us in the venue. Meaning tanghali pa lang yata andun na yata siya. Sobrang bait nilang mag-asawa. The event will start at 6:30pm and we were supposed to meet her at the train station by 5:20pm. But since Madam Joy and I will be wearing yukata (summer kimono), we met her at an earlier time. Gusto kong maiyak nung inoffer ni Hayakawa-san yung yukata niya samin ni Madam. Pangarap kong jackpot kaya yun. Pramis.
Akala ko 3 kaming mag-yu-yukata nila Hayakawa-san. Kaso it will take time and sino nga naman mag-dadamit kay Hayakawa-san since ano naman malay namin ni Madam sa ganung bagay. So after Hayakawa-san made our yukatas, Madam did my hair and I did hers.
Everone brought something so umaapaw ng chibog nung time na yun. Meron spaghetti (nalerkey ako sa effort ng mag-asawang itey na may dala pang sandok), playd shiken, korean bbq, lumpiang shanghai, ham and cheese sticks na nagmukhang turon, at marami pang iba. Kaso hindi ako mashado nakakain kasi nga ang hirap kaya umupo sa lapag ng naka-yukata. Baka mawala sa pwesto mag-show pako ng libre. Tamaan pako ng kidlat. When I say 'hindi ako nakakain ng mashado' ibig sabihin hindi ako naka-lafang ng bonggey na bonggey. Mga 20pcs ng chicken, isang batyang yakisoba at 15 cups na fruit salad. Ganun lang. Na-sad ako ng konti.
Nagsimula na kaming chumicha kahit hindi pa nagsisimula ang hanabi. Baka mapanis kasi yung foods. Hihi -_^V
This is my colleague's daughter (from the Phils.) who just came here in Japan for a vacation. Ang swerte kasi nataon na panahon ng hanabi. Ang mga bata nga naman ngayon kay bi-bigtime! Ako matanda na (22?) ng nakasakay ng eroplano at nakatapak sa ibang bansa. At hindi pako magkakaroon ng passport kung di pako pinadala ni company for a training here in Japan. Pasensha na kung sumegwey pako ng sad story. Ganun talaga pag tumatanda.
I tried capturing the beautiful fireworks in display in photos but all I had were these blurry pictures. Anyways I had fun and the show was great! At shempre aprub na aprub dahil libre!
Another check in my bucket list (na hindi naman nag-eexist! lels). Sobrang na-enjoy ko ang hanabi na itwu kahit shining like a diamond na ang fez ko sa mantika na dulot ng init at stress. Oo nakaka-stress magsuot ng yukata. At para naman sa aking autumn escapade, sama-sama tayong manalangin at mag-donate (chos! Pero pede rin hihi) para matuloy ang minimithi naming Sapporo/Hokkaido trip.
"Life is like fireworks. You can close your eyes and be scared or open them and enjoy the view."