So yesterday, August 10th, we went to the annual Fukuroi Hanabi(fireworks) competition.
We met at the station at 2pm, just about an hour or two before the rush of people flooded the station. *Curmet does not queue*
Jumped on the train as it passed by and took the 21minutes ride from Hamamatsu station to Aino station.
It took a bit of self-convincing to exit the packed, but nicely air conditioned train at Aino station, especially when you face a 40°c(realfeel) and 77-85% humidity day. This is why vampires don’t like the day time.
It was a scorching hot day to say the least - still, we decided not to let it deter us.
We disembarked the train and backtracked along the train tracks to the 愛野公園 (Aino Park), which took us about 26 mins. The two closest stations (Fukuroi and Aino) are both equal distance from the park, which seems a little overboard. Ahaha… :/
At the park, we walked up a hill to get the best spot and it really was the best spot, with not too many spectators around us. Later we realized that if f it was merely a picnic spot, it’s perfect, but it turned out to be a bad spot for viewing the fireworks. Someone decided that planting two massive trees right between us and the fireworks was the best decision.
After some surveying and exploring, and one convincing phone call from us (the scout group) to the main group, we moved down the hill to the flat area where the majority of people were sitting. Considering everything, we had the perfect spot, despite missing a portion of the low-firing fireworks across the river.
If you didn’t know this, fireworks in Japan lasts for 2 hours. If you are a person like me, you’ve only experienced firework displays that last only 20-25mins at most.
It started at 7pm. The intro had a few single-shot displays, which we guessed was some sort of test fire. Then came the main fireworks displays. Since this was a competition, they had pyro technicians from around Japan competing. There were single fireworks shots in between the main displays. New designs and types, many of which were really elaborate and interesting.
You’ll see this in the video’s I’ll upload later.
I never had so much fun rating things for no reason whatsoever. A few of us started joking around and giving each performance our valid but unimportant review and rating. A few came close to a full 10, but while most rated between 7-9, two hit the 9.6/10 marker, while the finale hit a full 10/10. Simply for being the best finale I’ve ever seen, also the loudest – a 2:50 min display.
I’m sure it’s not the best in the world, but for us it was awesome. So DEH!
The overall consensus was that suffering through the long walk in the sun and battling the heat, it was well worth it all. Best Hanabi I’ve been to, and definitely going to go see it again next year!