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…
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:
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.
It really is extremely close to our house!
Despite the rain, watching the fireworks explode over the water was such a beautiful sight! We can’t wait until next year!