Yokosuka celebrates firefighters' flair
TOKYO — More than 130,000 spectators, including Yokosuka Naval Base fire officials, turned out Tuesday to watch 2,600 firefighters, volunteers and others take part in the Dezomeshiki — the Annual New Year Firemen’s Review.
The event was at Ariake, Koto Ward. Participating were 1,022 from the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department and 1,000 members of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association. Also taking part were 225 children, 82 Japan Self-Defense Force firemen, 61 volunteers, four helicopters, six firefighting ships and 120 fire engines.
The theme for this year’s event was “Community Fire Preparedness.”
The demonstration featured an array of modern firefighting techniques as well as the Edo-era firemen’s show of performing acrobatic stunts atop tall bamboo poles.
Yokosuka Naval Base Fire Chief D.B. Marshall and Fire Prevention Chief John Adkins were among the non-Japanese guests.
Marshall called the event beautiful and fabulous. The Edo firemen stunts were his favorite part of the show, he said.