Naniwa Yodogawa   なにわ淀川花火大会

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Naniwa Yodogwa

On the banks of the Yodogawa, the crowd pressed to get the best seats.

Naniwa Yodogwa

Rockets succeed in a steady stream.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

At sunset, one day in early August, when the the cicadas wrap the twilight in their sweet ballad, after the intense heat of the day, the sky shines brightly over the Yodogawa River.

The Naniwa Yodogawa summer fireworks were born in the Heisei era, in 1989. Since then, every year, a summer evening becomes a pretext to light up the sky. On the banks of the Yodogawa, the crowds rush to get the best seats. Some have been there since early morning with books, lunchboxes and chairs, the whole works. Dressed in yukata (light cotton kimono), Japanese people of all generations come to share a moment of beauty and magic by watching the pyrotechnic stars.

Each year, tens of thousands of people come to watch these fireworks. So remember to come early if you want a good view of this extraordinary event. The show lasts over an hour and there is a continuous stream of rockets, each more original than the next. The Japanese know how to make a firework show and blend shapes and colors in a spectacular celestial composition.

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