Sunday, March 6, 2011


Hanabi, or fireworks in English, can really be considered as an entire season in Japan. For them Hanabi marks the summer season, and it's also a chance for all the kids to forget about school for a couple of weeks before going back. For the adults, it's a chance to get away from it all.

I decided to take a little break from my folio project and shoot the 2nd International Pyromusical Competition in Mall of Asia last Mar 5. The scheduled competition is between Japan and Canada.Japan's representative is Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co. and their presentation is very spectacular. It's reflects on how animated Japanese people are by proper combination of artistic fireworks and the musical scoring from the upbeat theme of Super Mario to the smooth piano melody of What A Wonderful World. The audience are being swept in awe with the beauty of the fireworks and the flow of the musical transitions. For me it gives me a feeling of watching a mecha (robots) and shojou (romantic love) type of anime series. Its action pack at the same time very romantic.

For Japanese people hanabi are considered as "flowers of fire" like the splendid cherry blossoms' brief in existence but booms with beauty.

Fiiiireeee!!!(screaming like launching a missile from a robot :)

Smiley :)

People braving the rains just to watch the show

A thousand big fireflies in the sky

"Sizz...Whew...Kaboom! Pop-pop-pop! Fuss...Fizz..."

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