Summer is here again, which means it’s time for 花火. The Itabashi Fireworks Festival is one of several annual events in Tokyo. Boasting some 10,000 plus individual fireworks, the show lasts about an hour and a half.
Tokyo festivals wouldn’t feel as authentic without swarms of people. Not only are the trains crowded, the platforms themselves are standing-room only. Station staff even have to shut down the escalator to prevent a pile-up.
Down by the river, people claim spots on the embankment.
You can reserve seats in advance in the main area, but there are plenty of spots right nearby if you are early enough. Unfortunately, there are not any food stalls to speak of around here.
With the last bit of daylight the fireworks begin.
If you don’t mind the crowds, Itabashi puts on a good show.