Sanriku Fireworks Competition
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The Sanriku Fireworks Competition is back this year with two fantastic events

Visit Iwate for a fireworks display on April 29 and the fireworks competition on October 8

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner
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In the last two years, most of the fireworks events across Japan were cancelled due to Covid-19. In spite of that, the Sanriku Fireworks Competition was launched in 2020 during the first year of the pandemic. It had a noble cause: to raise people’s spirits and support the country’s pyrotechnic industry.

The fireworks competition has become so popular that the organisers have decided to host two Sanriku hanabi fireworks events this year. They will both take place at the Takata Matsubara Sports Park in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, a region that is still recovering from the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Sanriku Fireworks Competition
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The first showcase, set for April 29, is a regular hanabi with over 10,000 fireworks being launched between 7pm and 8.30pm. The spectacle is synchronised to music, and look out for the starmine fireworks, which are the highlight of the show.

Sanriku Fireworks Competition
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The second event on October 8 is the actual Sanriku Fireworks Competition, taking place from 6pm to 7.30pm. Pyrotechnic producers and specialists from all over Japan will compete against each other by launching their most impressive fireworks. Last year’s event saw 23 participating companies, so you can expect a great lineup of fireworks to colour the night sky.

To get an idea of what the Sanriku hanabi looks like, watch the video above for last year’s fireworks competition.

Sanriku Fireworks Competition
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Each of the fireworks events this year can accommodate up to 20,000 spectators. However, you’ll need to purchase a ticket to join in the fun. Ticket sales and prices have yet to be announced, but keep an eye on the Sanriku Fireworks Competition website and its Twitter account for updates.

Sanriku Fireworks Competition
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If you can’t make it to either show this year, no need to worry. Both events will be live-streamed and archived for later viewing here.

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