The annual New Year’s Fire Review, called dezomeshiki, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
This elaborate event is a spectacular demonstration of fire and disaster prevention performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department. It features firefighting drills, rescue, first aid, a parade of firefighting equipment and other various performances.
Some of the firefighting techniques date back to the Edo era (1603-1867). Men dressed as Edo era firemen will perform acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo ladders.
In all, about 2,700 professional firefighters and members of community-based fire companies in Tokyo and more than 130 fire vehicles, helicopters and ships will be mobilized for the event.
Due to anti-coronavirus measures, a limited number of seats for the public were chosen by lottery from online applications in November. Anyone showing up on the day without a reservation will not be allowed in.
The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.
Tokyo Big Sight is about a 3-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjiro Seimon Station on the Yurikamome Line.© Japan Today