Hanabi (Fireworks)

Hanabi is the Japanese word for “fireworks.”  It is written like this: 花火The characters literally translate to “flower-fire.”  When I first learned this word, I thought it was pretty cute, but that fireworks didn’t really seem like flowers.  But that’s because I had never seen JAPANESE fireworks until just a couple of weeks ago as a part of the Obon festival.  They’re the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in my life–no wonder Japanese love to have them at any and all festivals possible.  Here’s some of the most beautiful ones that I saw (all are screen shots of videos that I took.  I tried to crop them, but my internet isn’t fast enough and I’m not patient enough to do all of them.  They’re still just as beautiful, though, so enjoy them!):


5 thoughts on “Hanabi (Fireworks)

  1. There is definitely a heart there… but, is that a cat? And there’s another that looks a little like a bear-thing, but it’s hard to tell… I agree. Pretty!

  2. The one facing sideways is, I believe, a Tanuki (raccoon dog thing here on Chibu). The other one that kind of looks like it has whiskers…not sure. But I’m oddly reminded of Majora’s Mask as I look at it….

    • … That really does look like Majora’s Mask. Great, now I’m going to have nightmares about the Skull Kid. That was the creepiest game…

  3. So awesome! I got some photos of fireworks that were shot during the Candlelight Festival in Vejano, but unfortunately they’re not much like fire-flowers. Just colorful sneezes. XD

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