Two weeks ago, on August 1st, my family went to the 36th annual Isuzu Fujisawa Festival at the Isuzu truck factory in Fujisawa. Since it was only 20 minutes away from us on foot, it was a pretty easy decision to go to it.
The festival featured a lot of food, taiko drums, singing, festival games, mikoshi (portable shrine), and fireworks. As you’ll see later in the video below, we didn’t stay for the fireworks, but we did see some. The video features mostly the taiko performance, which is nice to watch. The girl dancing to the taiko music is my daughter. It was her first time seeing anything like this, and she really loved it.
If you’ve watched the video already, you’ll notice that we had a thunderstorm. It was actually quite intense with a lot of lightning. But I love a good thunderstorm.
Today is Umi no Hi (海の日), or Marine Day, in Japan. It’s a national holiday that celebrates the oceans and Japan’s maritime prosperity. As we all know, Japan is an island country and relies on the oceans for much of its trade. I live near Yokohama, which is famous for its port. Yokohama has often had a celebration around Marine Day with fireworks, though that hasn’t always happened as planned. In 2009, they were held on August 1st. I took several videos of them 3 years ago, which you can watch here.
This year’s Marine Day for me involved going to work. That’s about it. I’m hoping to go to a festival this summer, though.
I took some videos of the fireworks on Saturday, and here they are! The focus on my camera wasn’t very good. It kept going out of focus. Sorry about that. There were many breaks, so I stopped taking video during those times. But I got what I could. My camera’s memory actually ran out, so I couldn’t get the best at the end. However, I did get pictures with my cell phone, which I’ve already posted. In these videos, you can hear a little girl behind me. She was very excited by the fireworks :) Enjoy!
Did you notice the smiles, hearts and Kitty-chan in one video?