Asakusa Sumida River Hanabi Taikai Matsuri 2004

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Hanabi in Japan is a fireworks festival.  For my first hanabi, my friend took me to see the fireworks in Asakusa.  After exiting the subway, we followed the other people going in the same direction.  So many women were wearing yukata for the celebration.

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Eventually we came to a bridge where police were gathering people into a tight crowd.  We waited for about an hour, while the crowd got bigger and bigger.   To watch the fireworks, the crowd slowly crosses the bridge, so you can see the fireworks up close as they are lit from a barge in the water.  It’s hard to take pictures when you’re constantly being pressed forward, but it was an amazing view.
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