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Fireworks in the Pacific

All Japan Fireworks Competition, a prestigious fireworks competition with 28 fireworks expert at Omagari, Daisen city, Akita prefecture.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAISEN CITY, AKITA PREFECTURE

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 17, 2017

Japan

September

THE 6TH KYUSHU NO. 1 FIREWORKS CONTEST IN HUIS TEN BOSCH (Nagasaki prefecture): Sept. 22, 6:45-9 p.m.; 22,000 fireworks contest by national representative teams from Japan, Bulgaria, U.S., Russia and Greece; 0570-064-110.

October

TSUCHIURA ALL JAPAN FIREWORKS COMPETITION (Ibaraki prefecture): Oct. 6, 6-8:30 p.m.; about 20,000 fireworks at Sakuragawahan, Tsuchiura city, 20-minute walk fom Tsuchiura Station on JR Jyoban Line; 029-826-1111.

TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS (Kawasaki): Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks; 15-minute walk from Futako Shinchi Station on Tokyu Denentoshi Line; 044-200-2329

SETAGAYA TAMAGAWA FIREWORKS (western Tokyo): Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m.; 12,000 fireworks, walk from Futako Tamagawa Station, Tokyu Denen Toshi or Oi machi Line; 03-3702-1603.

KONOSU CITY FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Saitama prefecture): Oct. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.; 15,000 fireworks at Konosu City Nukata Athletic Field, 35-minute walk from JR Konosu Station; 048-543-1634.

NARITA FIREWORKS FESTIVAL IN INBANUMA (Chiba prefecture): Oct. 13, 6:30-7:40 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks at Narita Newtown Sports Hiroba, five-minute ride from JR Narita Station or bus from JR Narita Station and Narita Yukawa Station on Narita Sky Access; 0476-89-7562.

YATSUSHIRO NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION FESTIVAL (Kumamoto prefecture): Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.; fireworks by 30 skilled fireworks manufacturers to compete; Kumagawa riverside area (the upper part of Shin-Hagiwara Bridge)10-minute walk from Yatsushiro Station on Kagoshima Honsen; 0965-33-4115.

FUJISAWA ENOSHIMA FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 20, 6-6:45 p.m.; 3,000 fireworks at Katase Ocean Beach West Beach, Katase Enoshima Station on Odakyu Enoshima Line; 0466-22-4141.

CHOFU FIREWORKS FESTIVAL (Tokyo): Oct. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks beside the Tama River;, 20-minute walk from Chofu, Fuda and Kokuryo Stations on Keio Line; 042-481-7311.

YUGAWARA ONSEN KAIJYO FIREWORKS (Kanagawa prefecture): Oct. 27, 8-8:30 p.m.; 6,000 fireworks over the ocean off the coast from Yugawara at Yugawara Kaisuiyokujo swimming beach; take a bus for Manazuru Station departing from JR Yugawara Station, get off at Umi-no Iye; 0465-63-2111.

Okinawa

GINOWAN HAGOROMO MATSURI: Sept. 29 & 30; 1,000 fireworks at Ginowan Kaihin Koen Tamokuteki Hiroba (multi-purpose square); 098-968-5125.

URASOE TEDAKO MATSURI: Oct. 20 & 21, 8:40-9 p.m.; about 1,000 fireworks at Urasoe Undo Koen, 10-minute ride from Furujima Station on Yui-monorail; 098-876-1234.

South Korea

2018 BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS FESTIVAL: Oct. 27; The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every October along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and fireworks make this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of more than 1 million visitors each year. Though most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain also offers a great view of the fireworks; Gwangalli Beach, Suyeong-gu.

The Sumida Fireworks, one of the most famous fireworks in Japan.
COURTESY SUMIDA WARD

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