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History, Culture, and Tradition, these are definitely what we Japanese feel proud of. Today, I’ll introduce one of the fireworks that won the prize of “Shizuoka Tourism Grand prix” this year. This is not an ordinary fireworks that you usually see in the night sky. Ever heard of “Tezutsu Hanabi” fireworks ? It’s very simple. A man holds a large cylinder to shoot sparks in the air. Tezutsu Fireworks has 300 year history and tradition. It goes off with vigorous call-out of men to light the summer night.
At 7:30, the opening ceremony got started, surrounded by thousands of visitors. Men danced in the ground with shouts of “Sore-dasedaseyo”. Now, let me tell you how it works. The cylinder is made of bamboo with fire powder rolled by rope to tighten and strengthen it, laid on the ground, lit, and a man grab the handle to lift and hold it. They can’t avoid the fire spark even if they let the fire go on a skew. I wonder if they don’t get burnt.
Tezutsu Fireworks lasted for about an hour. Picture-takers flocked together in the front line. Indeed I see many pictures of Tezutsu Hanabi in the entries of the Tourist Photo Contest. I was so lucky then because I was in the first by chance and that enabled me to shoot a video of it. Please enjoy it.＾＾
Tezutsu Hanabi fireworks in Kosai City is supposed to be held in late July next year. I’ll inform the details in this blog as soon as it is fixed.
Enjoy your summer in Shizuoka !＾＾
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