The 31st Sumida River Fireworks Festival

I just came back from the Sumida River Fireworks Festival. This is the biggest and most spectacular fireworks display in Tokyo. Happens annually, with nearly 900,000 spectators (it definitely felt like that when I went there just now). 20 000 rockets were fired from two bases along the Sumida River in a visual feast that lasted over an hour.

Apparently, the display includes a competition between rival firework companies. I think it's definitely the most awesome fireworks display I've ever seen in my life, unfortunately, I have a crappy camera, so I cannot really do justice to what I saw, but I'll upload the video I shot there sometime soon.


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When it ended, I saw the a train passing by in the distance. I tried taking a photo, but everything ended up blurry. Well, at least it looks like some impressionistic piece of art.

Blurry picture of train passing by



... guess not.

Anyway, here's a photo of the famous Senso-ji. Most of my fondest childhood memories of Japan had been of this temple. I remember how shocked I was during my first visit here when I saw the many tiny shops in the temple grounds, some selling even anime and video games.

Unfortunately, it was already ten when we walked past the temple, so most shops were already closed.

Sensō-ji