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5 Fireworks Displays in Tohoku that Bring Color to the Summer Night Sky!

One thing that comes to mind when you think of Japanese summers are fireworks displays. The Japanese hold these displays, which decorate the night sky with their colors, throughout the country from July to September. Here are 5 recommended fireworks displays in the Tohoku region.

1. Omagari Fireworks (Akita)

Omagari Fireworks is Japan's leading fireworks competition in which fireworks manufacturers from the country compete against each other. You may see artistic fireworks adorning the sky which vary in shape, color, rhythm, and solidity. An example of which would be the huge "10 gou-dama" (size 10 shell) as well as unique original fireworks. Please also watch out for the afternoon fireworks while the sky is still bright! The patterns and vivid colors are a must-see.

Opening Date: August 26, 2017 (Saturday)
Number of Firework Launches: About 18,000
Recommended Viewing Spots: Himegami Park, Embankment Near Senpoku Motor Driving School, Parking Lot by the Right Bank of the Upper Stream of the Omagari Fireworks Bridge

1. Omagari Fireworks (Akita)

7-30 Omagari Hanazono-cho, Daisen-shi, Akita

2. Sendai Tanabata Hanabi Festival (Miyagi)

The Sendai Tanabata Festival is held every year in Sendai as a traditional event from August 6 to 8. Before this night festival commences, the locals hold the Sendai Tanabata Hanabi Festival. Here they launch the beautiful fireworks created by the manufacturing company that represented Asia at the World Five Continents Fireworks at the Sydney Olympic closing ceremony. You may access this festival easily as it is located in the city center.

Opening Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Number of Firework Launches: About 16,000
Recommended Viewing Spots: Sendai Castle Ruins, Sendai-shi Yasoen, Hirose-dori, etc.

2. Sendai Tanabata Hanabi Festival (Miyagi)

Sakuragaoka Koen, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi

3. Akagawa Fireworks Display (Yamagata)

Another one worth viewing would be the Akagawa Fireworks Display which is the largest scale fireworks show within Yamagata. This is a fireworks competition focusing on design, where top-class fireworks manufacturers nationwide gather in one venue. The highlight here would be the dynamic fireworks put on display at their maximum potential by the riverbank of the Aka River, which serves as the venue. The firework launches reach up to 700m, which will ensure you enjoy the panorama to the fullest. The musical fireworks display which will surely entertain you with the different lights and music. You have to check out the moving finale!

Opening Date: August 19, 2017
Number of Firework Launches: About 12,000
Recommended Viewing Spots: Around Haguro Bridge, Around Mikawa Bridge, Choyo Daigo Elementary School Garden, etc.

3. Akagawa Fireworks Display (Yamagata)

Aza-Tateno and other places, Daihoji, Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata

4. Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival (Akita)

The Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival features a program centering on star mines, which are continuous firework launches. The main fireworks of 2017 would be the 3 shaku-dama (a giant firework with a diameter of 550m) which will be launched twice, the only time this happens within Tohoku; the giant ball which launches 100 times in succession; and the wide star mine which stretches to 1,000m. This program will show you a powerful spectacle with the theme "It's Not Noshiro If You're Not Having Fun! Chasing Your Dreams All Year Round."

Opening Date: July 22, 2017 (Saturday)
Number of Firework Launches: About 15,000
Recommended Viewing Spots: Noshiro City Children's Hall, Yoneshiro River riverbank, Noshiro Beach, etc.

4. Noshiro Port Fireworks Festival (Akita)

53-9 Shitahama Hamadori-machi, Noshiro-shi, Akita

5. Sukagawa Shakado River Fireworks Display (Fukushima)

This is a fireworks display held every year from the middle to end of August. The 10-gou dama fireworks that turns into a giant ring of flowers in the sky, the giant star mine, and the 150m Niagara (a beautiful firework that resembles a waterfall in the form of light showers). Aside from these fireworks, there are also some others that bring color to the night sky, such as the fireworks launched with music, the music fire, and the competition among famous firework manufacturers.

Opening Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Number of Firework Launches: About 10,000
Recommended Viewing Spots: Abukuma River Area, Shakado River Area, Midorigaoka Park, Nakajuku Bridge, etc.

5. Sukagawa Shakado River Fireworks Display (Fukushima)

60 Nakasone, Sukagawa-shi, Fukushima

Each of this fireworks displays bring in a lot of attention, so it may be very crowded on the day itself. For those of you who want to enjoy viewing these beautiful fireworks to the fullest, please come prepared by checking where you can view these beforehand!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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