Watching Fireworks at Funabashi Port
During the Obon holiday, fireworks are organized in many places across Japan. Since I lived in Chiba, I also looked for a place to watch the fireworks, and Funabashi port was chosen.
Fireworks festivals in Japan are usually held in July and August every year. Commonly, fireworks in Japan are smaller in size than those in other countries. Fireworks with many different shapes: hearts, flowers, smiles, and stars,... when exploding, are displayed in many places in Japan.
That day, my colleague and I made a plan to watch fireworks. I looked up the fireworks locations and found that the fireworks in Funabashi were the longest, so we decided to go there.
Address: 2 Chome-1 Hamacho, Funabashi, Chiba
- A 10-minute walk from Daijingūshita Station or JR Minami Funabashi Station (JR南船橋駅)
- A 25-minute walk from the South Exit of JR Funabashi Station
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
I got lost in it, and by the time I found my way out, the place was already full of people sitting. Fireworks were also about to begin, so I couldn't do anything but pull out my phone and take pictures from a distance.
Fireworks were let off from offshore, so you have to go through the traffic lights to get to the other side. Seeing people standing up and jostling each other, I thought it was challenging to get in there, and also, I wouldn't say I liked the crowd, so I decided to stand there and watch the fireworks.
I don't know if it was the organizers' plan or not, the fireworks were getting lower and lower, so many people sat down to watch.
My colleague and I were a bit disappointed. We stayed at home all day but didn't go to the beach earlier to get a better view. From the place where I chose to watch, I could only see everything faintly at that time. Somehow I felt that the fireworks were no longer beautiful.
After a few moments of determination to weave through with my small frame, I finally made it to the port. I didn't have to stand and watch the fireworks blocked by the bridge or the traffic lights anymore, and it was much more stunning.
As the fireworks were about to end, people started to leave. I almost suffocated there. Jostling in the crowd to watch the fireworks was challenging, but it was even more difficult to go back as so many people were leaving at the port and from the inside.
In the end, I decided to wait until everyone left then I could squeeze out later. But no, I'd waited for 30 minutes but the line was still moving, and it was very crowded. The security guards in Lalaport had to stand at the door to keep everyone from jostling each other.
The fireworks ended at 20:30, and I didn't get home until 10 pm. Although tired, watching the beautiful fireworks made me feel delighted. It was the first time I saw so many fireworks like that.
Don't miss the fireworks on the Obon holiday if you are in Japan. If possible, wear a yukata to see it. I bet it will be a memorable experience that you will never forget!
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