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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fireworks Over The Sumida River

Here's a photo from Reuters, taken by Kato Issei (surname first), of fireworks going off over the Sumida-kawa (Sumida River) in Tokyo on July 26, 2014 with more than 25,000 fireworks being exploded that night.

This is one of the oldest fireworks displays in Japan, going back to 1733, with this year's event having an estimated 960,000 people attending.

If you click HERE, you can see a short article I wrote alongside an ukiyo-e print commissioned in August of 1858 showing Hiroshige Ando's (surname first) (also known as Hiroshige Utagawa) masterpiece of Fireworks by Ryohgoku Bridge

I can only assume the fireworks display has become even more spectacular in the succeeding 166 years - at least it appears that way to me. 

Andrew Joseph

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