One of the best firework shows I have been to....... ever!
Toda, which is located on the river border-line between Tokyo and Saitama prefectures, put on an amazing display of fireworks as part of the Summer celebrations.
We decided to book tickets, as the crowd expected was an enormous number. We secured a small grassy spot in the roped off area and enjoyed the classic balmy summer sunset, with a soft breeze breaking the 34degree humid conditions.
I guess I don't have much to compare this firework event against, except the odd agricultural show in Australia or a NYE event. Most of these Australian events stop at about the 20min mark with the organisers boasting $x million spent of fireworks. Well.... this Japanese show went for 1.5 hours with the detailed pamphlet not only giving a timeline of each firework shape and type, but claiming in excess of 15,000 seperate firework rockets to light up the sky.
I couldn't think of a better way to sit back and enjoy a hot summer night, and about 200,000 people had the same idea with both sides of the river completely crowded.
I have to mention the efficiency of clearing the crowd after the event. The enormous line of people slowly marched towards the one train station in town without ever stopping. When at the station it was extremely busy, but we were loaded onto a train and sent home in about 10 min of reaching the station.
The wife says that there are even better events in Tokyo, but I out this down as my best fireworks experience ever.