The Adachi Fireworks Festival is held every year in July at Adachi in Tokyo along the Arakawa river. It kick-starts the Tokyo fireworks season and signals the arrival of summer. There are over 20 fireworks festivals held in Tokyo on almost every weekend from late July through October. I attended the 39th Adachi Fireworks Festival that launched approximately 12,000 fireworks! As my friend and I boarded the train to go to Adachi, we met several young Japanese boys and girls who were also going to the festival. Once we arrived at our destination, we were almost swept off by the huge crowd that was walking towards the fireworks venue. It was almost breathtaking to see so many Japanese come together, a lot of them wearing traditional Japanese costumes, to watch the fireworks. We walked with the crowd through shopping streets, back alleys and red light crossings before arriving at the fireworks venue. Food and ice-cream stalls selling shaved ice (a Japanese favorite in the summer) had been set up along the way. The fireworks itself were quite spectacular. They blazed in the night sky lighting it up in multi-colored patterns bedazzling the astonished crowd and almost taking our breath away!
I managed to edge my way through the throng of spectators before finding a right spot where I could stand and watch the fireworks as well as take pictures. The awe-inspiring show lasted for about an hour after which my friend and I started walking back along with the massive crowd to the metro station. It took us about an hour before we were finally able to board an already packed train back to Shibuya, where I was staying at an Airbnb.