Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

Since we live on the smallest inhabited island for hundreds of miles in a prefecture with the second lowest population, the rules are a little different.  I like to call it, “Chibu law.”  Want to drive your car willy nilly all over the road?  That’s cool under Chibu law where most roads don’t have a center divide (and we don’t even have traffic signals).  Want to park your car halfway in the road?  Go right ahead, there’s no rule against it.  Want to pee freely in public?  I’ve lost count at how many times I’ve been biking or walking home from work and saw an old man peeing into the ocean…even though his house is a 10 second walk away.  CHIBU LAW!

And under Chibu law, you can set off giant fireworks so close that the ash and sparks rain down on spectators.

Every year during Obon, Chibu holds a hanabi taikai, or fireworks show.  Around 1,500 fireworks are set off during this half hour show.  Khoa loves to take pictures of fireworks and he was really excited to have another chance to do so this year.  Except there was one problem…

A dedicated photographer, Photography in the rain
Khoa taking photos of fireworks in the rain. The wind started to pick up so he had to take a break from shooting and shield the camera with his own umbrella…he was soaked.

This year,  it was raining before, during, and after the show.  Despite pouring rain, wind strong enough to knock our umbrella inside out, and a camera lens with water on it for most of the time, Khoa managed to take some decent pictures.  Take a look:

Japanese Fireworks
You can see the raindrops on the lens

Purple Fireworks

Japanese FireworksFireworks in Japan

Anyone a fan of Deep Purple?

Aside from the closeness of the fireworks, another very special part about Chibu’s fireworks show is that it’s held in the bay right infront of our house.

Preparing for the fireworks show

It really is extremely close to our house!

We’re glad our house didn’t catch on fire!

Despite the rain, watching the fireworks explode over the water was such a beautiful sight!  We can’t wait until next year!

Fireworks on the water
Wish we could have been on that boat!


3 thoughts on “Smoke on the water, fire in the sky

  1. nutsfortreasure August 18, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Too funny you live where there are NO rules and we live where there are so many it is crazy. Are you free to live we as Americans loose more and more freedoms daily 😦 Enjoy your little island and your freedoms to pee in the sea lol

  2. mindfulness4now August 19, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    Fireworks are wonderful, I always enjoy them, the photos are gorgeous.

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