Japan’s Journal #3: Summer Firework Blues

After our adventures in Harajuku and Shibuya, me and Risky finally found our way to the Airbnb place located in Komae. The place is fantastic, but I’ll save the details about it later. Now, I want to share about our adventures to a summer firework watching festival.

As an intro, our Airbnb place is not the only place we’re going to stay during our times in Japan. We also plan to spend a night in a gaming themed share-house called Chrono Capsule, go check their Facebook and Twitter for more info. The owner of Chrono Capsule was kind enough to invite us to join their gathering and picnic to watch a firework festival called Hanabi Taikai, which I approve with big excitement of course!

After taking a shower and settle our stuff in the Airbnb house, we started another trip to an area called Sumidagawa. Along the way, so many people already wore their yukata to the festival. I have to admit, yukata is a really nice set of clothing. Woman who wore it looks much prettier, and the guys look much … how can I say this … “gentle” I guess. There’s also this magical feeling whenever I see someone with yukata while interacting with their smartphone. It feels as if we are living in a world where technology and tradition can just get along really well.

The train station and the road to the river bank where we will watch the firework is so crowded. I’ve never seen so many people at once come together just to have fun and see something, it was also the first time I’ve seen the longest line to toilet in my life.

We finally found our new friends. The group consist of some family members of the host and some Frenchmen who is working in Japanese game industry. Most of them are working for a mobile games company, while some others worked on a big title that has just been released last month. I don’t think I can share much about what we’ve discussed because some of them are kind of confidential. Other than that, we simply discuss about what we do for life and what kind of game we love, which is a pretty rad conversation to start a cold and colorful night.

I never realized my surrounding thanks to the great conversation we had, but by the time the sun has set, the place is already filled with more people! There are just too many people there! Not so long after that, the hanabi starts with some music accompanying them. Among all the pop songs playing with the fireworks, one of them is “Let it Go”, the soundtrack of Frozen, and of course the kids are singing along with the song while watching the hanabi that explode in sync with the music.

The fireworks last for around one hour, after that we continued the chat, eat, and drink while waiting for the crowd of people to grow smaller. The group stays for another round of drinks while me and Risky said good bye. Afterwards, we return to the other edge of the town where our Airbnb place resides. Thanks to the fantastic public transportation system, the long journey still feels fun and not that tiring.

Only one problem left for us to deal that day,  the wind blow was really really cold that night, and we don’t really know how to turn on the water heater. A silly reasoning for a (literally) cold experience we have to endure that night.

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Young couple in love … I hope.

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The line for toilet.

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Our group.

And it starts.

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