Sendai Tanabata Fireworks

With the Sendai Tanabata Festival just around the corner, we had a great fireworks display this evening. While most of Japan celebrates Tanabata (七夕, “seventh evening”) in July, Sendai’s festival is held from August 6th to 8th. This year that’s the same time as the Chinese equivalent, the Qixi Festival, which a Chinese friend called the “Chinese Valentine’s Day”.

Fireworks, dark sky

The fireworks went on for one a half hour. I tried to find a good spot for a while but had to settle for one with some trees in my field of vision. All better spots were either taken or you wouldn’t be allowed to stand there – and for a good reason: There were so many people that the police needed to make sure there was some room left if someone needed to move. I hope you can enjoy the photos anyways!

Colorful fireworks, dark trees

Bright reddish fireworks

Bright fireworks

Air and ground fireworks

Japanese fireworks are amazing! If you see one, you’ll understand why the Japanese word for fireworks is 花火 (“hanabi”, the characters’ meanings are “flower” and “fire”).

2 thoughts on “Sendai Tanabata Fireworks

  1. Wow!! these pictures are great, good shots. The trees are making it special. It looks a little bit like picturs of galaxies, like we know then from hubble teleskop. Espacially the third one.

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