The 27th annual Tokyo Bay fireworks festival on Saturday night will be the last until at least 2020 due to development of the Harumi area for the Tokyo Olympics.
The festival starts at 6:50 p.m. About 12,000 fireworks will be shot up from barges in Tokyo Bay. The best views are from Harumi Park, near Kachidoki Station on the Oedo subway line.
However, those viewing areas will no longer be available from next year as work starts to build the athletes’ village for the Olympics in Harumi where tens of thousands of spectators usually flock to get the best view of the fireworks.
Festival organizers say local businesses stand to lose about 37 billion yen over the next five years if there are no fireworks.
The popular event was first held in 1988 and has only been suspended twice – in 2011 out of respect for the victims of the Tohoku disaster and last year, when strong winds forced its cancelation.© Japan Today