Art on Tuesday: Hanabi Fireworks


Japanese fireworks are nowadays very common in summertime. In the beginning of the Edo period (1600- 1868) they were celebrated by the firework manufacturers Tamaya and Kagiya, who both competed with each other.

You can see the beautiful hanabi 花火, which means flower-fire everywhere in Japan. The summer is hot and humid and if you are sleepless you can enjoy the beautiful spectacle. Hanabi is a symbol of transience as much as the cherry blossom of the spring.


Toyohara Kunichika 豊原 国周 (1835-1900): Fireworks at the Sumida-gawa (left)

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858): Fireworks at Ryôgoku, 1845 (Edo, today’s Tôkyô) (right top)

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797-1858): Fireworks at Ryôgoku Bridge, 1854 (Edo, today’s Tôkyô) (right bottom)