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Production of fireworks was introduced to Japan from China where gunpowder was first used in history. The Japanese liked hanabi and it became one of the most important outdoor events in the lives of the people of Edo (Tokyo). The ambition of every maker of fireworks was and still is to win awards at the annual display in July, at Tokyo, on the River Sumida.

Hanabi Taikai at the River Sumida, though the event is most famous, it is very difficult for visitors to see because of high rise buildings alongside the river and too many viewers.

Recommended places of Hanabi Taikai in Tokyo are Adachi's Hanabi Taikai at the Arakawa River near Kita Senju, Edogawa-ku Hanabi Taikai near Shinozaki at the Edogawa River and Katsushika Hanabi Taikai at the Edogawa River near Shibamata.


Katsushika Hanabi Taikai

Adachi Hanabi Taikai

Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai at Asakusa

Edogawa Hanabi Taikai

Matsudo Hanabi Taikai (Chiba Prefecture)