Sumidagawa Hanabi (隅田川花火大会 2013)

I didn’t manage to get my Yukata in time for my first hanabi but I decide to wear the Yukata when I join my classmates for the biggest fireworks in Tokyo. Really nice yukata can go up to 20,000 – 30,000 JPY and above but I got a discounted set from Seiyu for only 4,000JPY. Then wooden sandals (geta) at a discounted chain too….My ensemble was about 8,800JPY

some of the ladies would head to the shops for them to wear their yukata and set their hair style. I watched a youtube video and tried wearing the yukata on my own and did a simple updo hair style. Not 100% correct but I think it should still manage 🙂

stuck at ueno station
This was the crowd at 5pm at Ueno Station where we would transfer to Asakusa Station.

sumida hanabi
There are 2 locations for Sumidagawa Hanabi, my classmates went to get a place at 3pm and heard that all the good locations had people there since 7am.

under the bridge
Unfortunately, the place we were seated wasn’t exactly a good location because the view was blocked.

Luckily we were able to sit along the side road and managed to get some view of the fireworks.

It was really good to have fireworks going off on the left and right side of where you are seated.

fireworks in drizzle
Alas! 30 minutes into the fireworks, it started raining and the fireworks still went on for about 5 minutes.

raining cats and dogs
But then, it started pouring and the fireworks had to come to an abrupt end which was really unfortunate as this was supposedly to be the biggest Tokyo hanabi with 2 locations in close proximity and for 1 hour 30 minutes.

all wet
The unfortunate end to all the the Yukata clad us.

kind old man providing shelter
Even though, our hanabi came to an abrupt end and we were all soaked through when the rain poured. We saw some people scooted into a shop seeking some shelter from the heavy rain and so we followed them. Ended up, the really friendly shop owner and his friends invited us to join in their gathering as the group of us who had shamelessly seeked shelter in his shop and he didn’t chase us out 😛 We ended up drinking and snacking with middle age uncles and aunties in broken Japanese while waiting out for the rain to stop. What an end to the biggest fireworks in Tokyo 🙂


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. introvertnathan
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 16:43:20

    Too bad about the rain!

  2. Beauty Box
    Aug 13, 2013 @ 15:55:10

    I heard about that freak storm during the fireworks. You poor things…!! Love your yukata and that you followed a Youtube video on how to wear it and for your hair – very pretty!

  3. Xuan-er
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:18:05

    @introvertnathan: yeah…oh well….

  4. Xuan-er
    Aug 14, 2013 @ 10:19:53

    @BB: thanks! took me 2 hours to wear and get the hair ready, fun since it was my first time but booo for the rain…It was supposedly to be the biggest fireworks and well known one but definitely memorable in a way for me cos I got drenched hahaha but met some nice strangers 😀

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