Fifteen years ago, I would often have to explain that no, really, Japanese fireworks are a cut above the rest, and anyone who comes here in summer owes it to themselves to see it.
Fireworks are a major part of the Japanese summer season with hundreds of displays held all over the country throughout July and August. Local events have a festive atmosphere, with people dressing up for the occasion in colorful yukata (a kind of light summer kimono), and buying snacks and beverages from street-side stalls.
This is the 2nd part of our two-part introduction to the best fireworks displays in Japan. For this article we have saved the very best till last, with Japan’s most spectacular pyrotechnic shows.