8.01.2006

Hanabi 花火= Fireworks















This is Selah's friend/classmate/next-door neighbor, Sara and her mom in their yukatas. They are heading out to see the fireworks...

'Hana' is "Flower" and 'Bi' is "Fire".
Every summer in Japan is Fireworks time. On Saturday evening we went to the local Fireworks show. They use the riverbed as it is the largest open space for gathering a ton of people. The river also has a system of dykes and there are roads that run along the top. So they closed the road to cars and we all brought picnic tarps and lined the road along the river to watch. The display lasted about an hour. I think if one gets close to the action there is a story &/or music to go along with them. A friend of ours actually got burnt by a piece of falling debris!
The Hanabi no Nagaragawa is a night to see and be seen. The Japanese come out in Yukatas (summer kimonos). Last year, one of the first events we attended was the Nagara River Fireworks. It was right in Gifu city below the castle on mount Kinka. The crowd was way different. More single young people. Saturday past, we went to a smaller version on the Ibi river and it seemed to be mostly families and definitely less crowded.

All the camera handiwork is Selah's...










4 comments:

Rachel Z said...

trying another comment ...

Rachel Z said...

colin - it seems to be working now. Have you been able to read my previous comments on here? I noticed that you had it set to say that the comment would be posted after blog owner approval and it seemed you never approved them. Now it doesn't say that and it seems to be working for me now. Now all your other fans can make comments too!

Vertigo said...

I had enabled comment moderation but not provided an email addy for the comment to be sent to for approval.

Comment moderation has been turfed.
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Gramma C. said...

Wow Selah, what a photographer!! Very nice pics.
Luv. Gramma C