No not the fireworks, though some of them were huge, the last ones in the finale actually exploding above the clouds over Tokyo Bay.
No, the noisiest thing was the security and police, constantly telling people what to do. There were crowds true, Japan is crowds, but really was it necessary to have so much high-decibel advice constantly, throughout the whole display?
Even my wife got angry at the Pavlovian nightmare and the guard in the image above is looking angrily at me because I’d told him in no uncertain terms to shut-up!
Nice display, though of course like most popular events in Japan the main experience to be had is other people. And for many Japanese people, the experience seems to be to say they have been somewhere whether they actually see anything there or not.
The display from where we viewed it was obscured by wires and street lamps. Worse still we couldn’t get closer without an expensive ticket and “in the cheap seats”, the authorities had decided it would be a good idea to floodlight the place where we all squatted and stood trying to get a view. Nothing makes fireworks stand out against the night sky like massive event lights shining in your eyes.
And to make it even more pointless for some, the fear of crowded trains made many people leave before the fireworks display had even finished.
Honestly I wonder why people bother sometimes.
Anyway personal favourite photo is the last which looks like the Death Star exploding.
Hope everyone is having a good summer.