In Japan, nothing else quite says “summer” like firework displays, shaved ice, yukata and street food.
Running over two days, and with over 10,000 fireworks being set off, Matsue’s “Suigosai” Festival is the most famous firework display in western Japan. Even though the fireworks don’t start until about 8:00, people start claiming their spots to watch and setting up early in the morning.
It seems like the whole city comes to watch. Most people wear yukatas, traditional Japanese summer clothes, feast on street food, and enjoy A LOT of alcohol. Kakigori, shaved ice, is probably the street food most closely associated with firework festivals.
“Firework” or “Hanabi” in Japanese, literally translates to “Fireflower”
They are the epitome of a Japanese summer!!!