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The Tokyo Bay fireworks festival Sunday night, as seen from the heliport atop Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills.

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Hey this view is much better than the one of my neighbour's house 50 cm away.

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Chibaman - I'll bet it is! ha ha ha

My view was disturbed twice by that stupid blimp that people pay 168,000 yen to ride on. But at least that thing doesn't make much noise. Then you got all the dang noisy helicopters flying around... Otherwise, great fireworks!

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Well, I think I had the best view.

But I had to go through hell to get it. Basically, the organization of this event is the biggest violation of personal freedoms ever seen in Japan. I went to Toyosu, the area that I know very well, and local lalaport is being the only kaijo over there, and that's despite Toyosu having one of the biggest water fronts in Tokyo. I kid you not, all roads leading towards odaiba past lalaport were blocked. both from cars and pedestrians!!! I am talking miles of roads and bridges, even a huge open air parking lot that belongs to lalaport, and that is located closer to fireworks than the kaijo itself, is being blocked off. Yurikamome won't even stop at any of the stations in the area!!!

So there I show up, with my girly, DSLR, and no intention to waste money on that stupid kaijo. Last year I was able to find a secret path leading around the cops so I could just get onto the blocked road and walk towards the above mentioned parking lot. This year no such path was open. So what do I do? I just waled through the road block ignoring the cop yelling at me. Bold? Just as their attempt to protect lalaport's revenue. So there I was on the best location to watch the fireworks, along with about 10 other people. We had huge area just to ourselves. Did we do anything wrong? Legally, absolutely nothing. These are public roads which we pay taxes for. Local PD has no right blocking them from my use. That is why they didn't chase anyone crossing these blocks.

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The celebration of light in Vancouver outshines this!

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nisegaijin - nice work. The cops are just jealous cause they have to stand there talking to other blokes while you're having a great time with your girly. Well done. Any time you're going to rush a blockage again, call on me.

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At least it's real and not computer generated.

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the best position for these fireworks were on top of Tokyo Tower. So romantic! Very beautiful picture, spectacular view, thanks for JT for a tasteful picture, yes, JT, we need tasteful pictures once in a while.

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I watched this last year from somewhere around the point where the rainbow bridge starts. I was just a fence away from the bay! The view was spectacular!

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Wasn't the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing the largest fireworks display in human history? (Not to say this one wasn't good too...)

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hahaha the things people do to get a good viewpoint nice nisegaijin.

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It is nice to see the people running Tokyo Tower doing their bit to cut electric power consumption.

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Ahhhhhhhh, Roppongi. It has been really built up since I last saw it. Nice photo.

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it looks like a cut from the film "Blade Runner"

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We had a great view from a building overlooking the bay and in general the fireworks were quite lovely. Unfortunately the wind refused to cooperate so we couldn't see what I can only assume were some fantastic fireworks. They were obscured by the smoke which didn't dissipate very much at all.

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Wonderful photo!

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