Flower Fires of Yokohama

In the beginning of August, just as I`d arrived in Tokyo, there are always big Firework Festivals all over Japan, called Hanabi 花火. These expression is actually really cute, as hana 花 means flower in English and hi/bi 火 translated fire, so all togheter the Japanese call their fireworks flower fires. It´s a big old tradition where women and men often wear their kimonos and trains get stuck because of the immense traffic. The one I was watching took place in Yokohama, the second biggest city in Japan and part of the Kantou region. Originally conducted to banish bad ghosts hanabi is know mainly observing overwhelming pictures by night and wondering how it´s possible to draw such a calligraphy of colorful stars in the sky.

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