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.
skies’ own bathing
an infinite explosion
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.
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.
Until next year. Few more days before the summer ends. Time to think of the next activity.
I love photos of fireworks. :)ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jay. Yes, if I haven't seen the movie, I will just consider it as an ordinary display of fireworks :-)Delete
amazing.. partida wala pang tripod yan.... at lasing pa... eheheheheReplyDelete
ahaha. pot must na? lekat kita naman tayo uy. sanay na pala akong malasing lolDelete
WOW! Now tell me, these weren't taken with iPhone... where they?? Ah, I don't know anyone who doesn't like fireworks! Wonderful! xReplyDelete
Hi Hannah, nope. Taken by D7000. But i was able to capture the fireworks via iphone camera :-)Delete
nice interesting metaphors!ReplyDelete
Hand held or not the photos were stunning. I must remember to have few drinks before I use the camera again!ReplyDelete
Being drunk would be a good excuse of not having a good photo lolDelete
TOTALLY, UTTERLY, ASTOUNDINGLY AMAZING. WOW. This post takes my breath away. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sandy. I think all of us like fireworks :-)Delete
you have a way of takingcaptivating photos John, with or without tripod :)ReplyDelete
haha thanks ms beth. no choice na e.Delete
Ooooooh... shiny. :)ReplyDelete
Amazing photos. I always fail at trying to capture fireworks. :-/
i think i lost lots of hair strands due to frustration.Delete
Love the fireworks! :)ReplyDelete
Where can I download the movie, btw?
hi Ella, saw this on the plane. but i think there's one in youtube divided into parts.Delete
What an amazing view! Spectacular fireworks. Thanks for sending us a slice of the celebration.ReplyDelete
Thanks TWG :-)Delete
Love, love, love fireworks!!! And your photos are spectacular without the tripod! Summer talisman indeed- thanks for sharing your view!ReplyDelete
Thanks Patti. must be the alcohol hahaDelete