Monday, August 13, 2012

Fireworks

Every firework bears the heart and soul of the people, a line from the Japanese film Oniichan no Hanabi (Fireworks from the Heart) . The movie is about fireworks and shows a story of dedication and discipline among townspeople in order to have a successful hanabi. After watching this film, I realized that each firework has a story of its own, and a part of the maker is being shown to the spectators. 

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skies’ own bathing 
an infinite explosion 
summer’s talisman 


Three years after my very first hanabi experience here in Japan, I got the chance again to witness the spectacular fireworks display. After our badminton game last August 4, the group decided to go to Kaihim Makuhari and joined hundreds of Japanese and tourists to watch the man-made stars painting the sky with its colors. We arrived at the venue 3 hours earlier, endured the sun with alcohol and when the show began, we were all drunk. Sort of. But still, it didn’t stop us from taking photos of the fireworks. I handheld my camera since I was too lazy to bring my tripod. The shots weren’t perfect but it was good trying not to breathe while shooting. We will do everything just for the sake of photography. 

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If I will still be here in Japan next year, I will be looking forward to be a part of this summer celebration. Next time though, I will see to it that I have a tripod. But with or without a tripod, just being with friends and alcohol, that would be more than fine. 

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Until next year. Few more days before the summer ends. Time to think of the next activity. 

/totomai 
2012/08/13

24 comments:

  1. Your shots were amazing!Need I say more? Of course, there are stories behind these fireworks. One sure thing is that it depicts that of the maker as you've said and the thought while he makes it.

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    1. Thanks Jay. Yes, if I haven't seen the movie, I will just consider it as an ordinary display of fireworks :-)

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  2. amazing.. partida wala pang tripod yan.... at lasing pa... ehehehehe

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    1. ahaha. pot must na? lekat kita naman tayo uy. sanay na pala akong malasing lol

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  3. WOW! Now tell me, these weren't taken with iPhone... where they?? Ah, I don't know anyone who doesn't like fireworks! Wonderful! x

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    1. Hi Hannah, nope. Taken by D7000. But i was able to capture the fireworks via iphone camera :-)

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  4. Hand held or not the photos were stunning. I must remember to have few drinks before I use the camera again!

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    1. Being drunk would be a good excuse of not having a good photo lol

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  5. TOTALLY, UTTERLY, ASTOUNDINGLY AMAZING. WOW. This post takes my breath away. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Sandy. I think all of us like fireworks :-)

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  6. you have a way of takingcaptivating photos John, with or without tripod :)

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    1. haha thanks ms beth. no choice na e.

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  7. Ooooooh... shiny. :)

    Amazing photos. I always fail at trying to capture fireworks. :-/

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    1. i think i lost lots of hair strands due to frustration.

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  8. Love the fireworks! :)

    Where can I download the movie, btw?

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    1. hi Ella, saw this on the plane. but i think there's one in youtube divided into parts.

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  9. What an amazing view! Spectacular fireworks. Thanks for sending us a slice of the celebration.

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  10. Love, love, love fireworks!!! And your photos are spectacular without the tripod! Summer talisman indeed- thanks for sharing your view!

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    1. Thanks Patti. must be the alcohol haha

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