A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

summer pictures of Asakusa

I went to see the Sumidagawa Hanabi Taikai (Sumida River Fireworks Festival) yesterday with some friends. It was really great! I’ve already made a metal note to choose a nicer spot to sit in next year. While my purpose was to watch the spectacular fireworks display, I couldn’t help but do some people watching as well. I hope you guys will like these pictures. cheers!

girls in yukatas waiting for their ice cream

modern day coolie trying to convince customers for a ride

couple sharing a smile while waiting for the fireworks display


  • Shaney says:

    Hi Herb,

    I have never been to the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. Is it better than the Tsuchiura festival? Is it worth going all the way down to Asakusa to fight the crowds and watch it?

  • herb says:

    i haven’t been to the Tsuchiura fireworks festival but honestly i’ve seen better fireworks. i really just like the festive atmosphere of matsuri and hanabi taikai. (^_^)