This festival is a quick one where people show up about an hour before the fireworks begin to stake their spot. We sat on a side road about 100 meters or 328 feet from the staging area where the fireworks were launched from. We have never been this close to fireworks before and did not have a clue what we were about to experience.
We took this from our spot. The white boxes are the launching areas.
Every festival has food booths so we wandered to find some dinner. Fried chicken, fish shaped deserts filled with chocolate, red bean paste, vanilla cream and plain with salt and they were very delicious.
The weather cooperated nicely with a slight breeze to blow away the smoke so Vince had a clear sky to take his first ever fireworks shots and they turned out GREAT!
As darkness fell more and more people showed up and the air was alive with excitement. All of a sudden Steven said, “Ok, get ready!” I was not prepared for the loud explosion and shrieked aloud after which I was alternately Oooooing and giggling at the most spectacular light show just above my head.
Just as I would catch my breath another round of explosions and lights filled the sky with indescribable beauty. Keep in mind this was a show put on by a small area just outside of Uchiko. Ikazaki and Oda are part of Uchiko and the total population for all three is approximately 17,000.
The video that Lin made of the show is condensed into about 6 1/2 minutes of footage. The show lasted for over 1/2 hour.