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Japan’s first ‘highest altitude fireworks’ display to be held on slopes of Mt Fuji

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By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Though fireworks are most commonly associated with summer festivals in Japan, there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy them year round; and during the colder months when skies are clearer, the colorful displays contrast against the dark of night and appear to shine brighter than ever.

On the 18th of December this year, the lower slopes of Mount Fuji will become the setting for "Japan’s highest altitude fireworks display" when approximately 5,000 fireworks will be launched from the second station of the Fujinomiya trail.

The display will be taking place at Amusement Park Grinpa, which is located at the second station of the Fujinomiya trail (with most hikers starting their Fuji climb from the fifth stations, it’s also a great opportunity to get acquainted with the lesser-visited lower end of the trail).

Two plans have been prepared to cope with recommendations on minimizing contact between people; firstly, the event will provide 4,500 socially distanced seats within the park that can reserved in advance, secondly, for those who wish to further reduce the risk of contact, there will be drive-in fireworks tickets that allow people to safely view the display from their parked car.

Taking advantage of the theme park’s terrain, the seats – angled on the mountain’s slopes will make the fireworks appear bigger and more powerful than ever.

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Due to the prolonged effects of the pandemic, a great number of fireworks displays and events have been cancelled over the past year and a half. If the situation continues as it is, then these cancellations will force fireworks companies to close and will inevitably lead to the decline of the Japanese fireworks industry as a whole.

In response to this threat, the Mount Fuji Fireworks display has been designed as a way to support fireworks masters and to connect the traditional Japanese fireworks culture to the future. Additionally, by taking place during the winter, the display can break down the idea of limiting firework events to the summer season, and propose a new way to enjoy them year round.

The company behind the production and composition of the display is Ikebun, a Shizuoka-based firework company who have won numerous awards for their displays, including the Prime Minister's Award at the 89th national fireworks competition and first place at 8th World Fireworks Competition held at Nagasaki’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park back in 2016.

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Co-starting Mount fuji on an unprecedented scale, you can expect a dynamic and spectacular mesh of Japanese nature and traditional culture at the Mount Fuji Fireworks display.

The event is aiming to be held annually in a relay format with the cooperation of each municipality surrounding Mount Fuji. This year marks the first, and will see the display being held in Shizuoka Prefecture’s Susono City. Though next year’s location is yet to be announced, it is expected to take place in one of the cities, towns or villages of Yamanashi Prefecture.

Mount Fuji Fireworks 2021

Date: Saturday Dec 18

Launch time start: 4:30 p.m.

Launch time end: 6 p.m.

Amusement park and Drive-in area open from 1:30 p.m.

Location: Amusement Park Grinpa, Suyama, Susano City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Ticket prices and where to buy them are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on the official Mount Fuji Fireworks webpage to stay up to date.

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This sounds awesome.

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 you can expect a dynamic and spectacular mesh of Japanese nature and traditional culture at the Mount Fuji Fireworks display

I’m sure what’s left of Japan’s nature will thoroughly appreciate a pyrotechnical display.

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Hope they consider the noise and light effect upon the local wildlife.

And clean up any detritus.

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More human detritus and pollution.

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How about rewilding somewhere instead?

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Oh, come on, Japan Today. Since this is on the southeast slope of Mt. Fuji, the obvious question is: can this show be seen from Tokyo? And if it is too low on the slopes, if it were higher, would it even be possible to see a fireworks show from so far away?

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"If the situation continues as it is, then these cancellations will force fireworks companies to close and will inevitably lead to the decline of the Japanese fireworks industry as a whole."

This statement is completely false; the Japanese fireworks industry is facing stiff competition from China, where the cost of labour is much cheaper. Production of fireworks is inherently labour-intensive as each piece must be made by hand. Furthermore, young Japanese job-seekers are not flocking into an industry which they view as dirty, dangerous and poorly-paid (which it is).

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Cool, I wish I could be there to see it. Will it be televised?

Reminds me of the times we used to go up on the side of a mountain to watch the local, annual 4th of July fireworks. Seen from the same altitude as where they were exploding was an awesome experience. It felt like we could almost touch them.

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Hope they consider the noise and light effect upon the local wildlife.

If you’ve ever been to the Gotemba/Susono/Fuji area you’d know that it’s not really a concern. The wildlife seem to be doing fine, and the deer are actually overpopulating. This, inspite of constant day/night helicopter flights, artillery and small arms fire from both the Japanese and US military.

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