花火 hanabi—fireworks

Tenjin matsuri. Nice Firework Photos

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Yesterday we went to see the Tenjin matsuri summer festival in the centre of Osaka. So did a million other people.

This tradition goes back over a thousand years and is very spectacular, taking place both on land (a procession through the streets) and on the water (a boat parade on the Yodogawa river). There is also a firework display, with the fireworks being launched from boats on the river.

 

These murals on Tenjin-bashi bridge show images of the festival from the Edo period.

Here is one of the boats in the modern-day festival. (Sorry about the poor focus.)

Tenjin-bashi bridge itself was lined with people cheering the boats passing underneath. In hindsight, we should probably have stayed  there.

As the procession moved off, we tried to follow and get a glimpse of it. But there were too many people, and the police were directing us away from the…

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