I'm back from the Sumida River Grand Fireworks event.
That was one of the most amazing sight I've ever seen in my life. It was beyond words. That was no fireworks, but true art of hana-bi (flower-fire). It moved me, so as tens of thousands of people around me. I truly respect the craftsmen who have preserved and upgraded the technique for centuries. They desereved an ovation. Oh, it was magnifique !!
There must have been close to million people watching literally, as in previous years. As roads are mostly closed to cars and partly to pedestrians to avoid accidents, I only managed to see over the buildings, but I caught most of the hanabi right on spot at the second launching area in my neighborhood. I thought I was scorching from fire and smoke of gunpowder was all around me. I had thought I'd just peek for while, but I had stayed from the beginning to the end.
Between Kuramae and Asakusa on Edo Street, there is a small Suwa shrine and Bandai's (the toymaker) office. In front of the Bandai office, people were already spreading sheets and with bottle of booze and cups of beer, having a good time. The lady at the diner that I frequent told me I should be able to see the hanabi, and she was right.
For people going to the next year's Sumida River Grand Hanabi, and who couldn't reserve in advace some nice terrace restaurant for the view, you don't have to be disappointed or cope with all the hundred thousands of crowds to get a complete view from the bridges. Take my advice and see from near the Bandai office, Komagata 2-chome crossing. Some of the view will be blocked by the buildings, but you'll have enough view as they will be launched higher up.Edited: 28 July 2012, 13:19