Oct 5, 2008

土浦全国花火競技大会 - Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition

日本で久しぶりに花火見た~ぁ!

今日は読売旅行の新聞折込広告で見た土浦全国花火競技大会にてるちゃんと行くとに。各地から十何万人という人たちが見に来る人気のイベントらしく、このツアーも一ヶ月前から完売状態。新人ガイドさんによると春日部からはバスが24台出るほどの大盛況。僕自身春日部出身だけど、春日部の人ってそこまで花火好きだとは知らなかった~ぁ。

日本で花火を見るのは何十年ぶり(!?)。ということで期待に胸膨らませててるちゃんと土浦まで観光バスで向かった。バスは3時前には土浦についてしまったので、場所を確保してから3時間近く強い日差しの中で待ちぼうけ。

花火は競技大会ということで全国各地から来た花火師の作品が登場。競技大会ということで花火と花火の間の間が長かったのが少し気になった。でも中盤では豪快な大型花火連発を堪能することができた。ところが最後の30分はいまいち盛り上がりに欠けて、消化不良となってしまった。中盤盛り上がった花火が最後だったら良かったのにな~ぁ。でも2時間半、大型花火はもちろん創造花火やスターマインなどたくさんの花火が見れた。今度行くときはどの辺に座ればいいかも分かりいい勉強になりました~。

それにしてもマナーの悪さが結構目立ったな~ぁ。花火が始まってるというのに平気でみんなの前に立って視界を遮るいい年した大人がま~ぁ多いこと。常識のなさに堪忍袋の緒が切れて何人かに怒ってしまいました~ぁ(笑)。いけないっ、いけないっ(笑)。

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It's been a while since the last time I saw fireworks in Japan!

I went to see Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition with Teruko after finding it in newspaper leaflet from Yomiuri Travel Service. Hundreds of thousands of people come to see this festival from all around Japan, and it was no surprise that this tour was a sell-out with a month to go before the event. According to our tour guide who looked like a graduate, they even organised twenty four buses for the tour from Kasukabe. I didn't know people from Kasukabe are such fireworks fanatics, although I was born in Kasukabe!

It's been well over ten years since last time I saw fireworks in Japan. So I got on a bus to Tsuchiura with lots of excitement. Because our bus arrived before 3PM, we ended up waiting for the fireworks to start for almost three hours!

As the name suggests, lots of fireworks artists came from all around Japan. Because of the fact that it's a competition, there was quite a bit of time between fireworks. Having said that, the fireworks we saw midway through the event were all emphatic and powerful. The last 30 minutes was a bit of disappointment. We wished that we had seen those amazing fireworks that we saw midway through at the end of the night. At least we were able to see a variety of fireworks including creative and big fireworks. We also learned where to sit next time we come to this event!

We saw an alarming number of people who lacked a bit of respect to other people. There were a lot of people who stood right in front of everyone and blocked their view. They tested my nerve for too long so that I ended up shouting at some of them... Oups! :-P









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