What do the Things Japanese People Say at Fireworks Festivals Mean?

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Man-chan@MaDeLa

Jul 10 ,2017

Summers in Japan are of course synonymous with fireworks festivals, but when a firework shoots up into the air, there's a unique chant―what is that chant, and what is its origin?

Fireworks Festivals Mean tamara kagiya sumidagawa

When a beautiful firework whistles into the sky, Japanese people have the custom of chanting the word "Tamaya." What is the significance of this?

Fireworks Festivals Mean tamara kagiya sumidagawa

"Tamaya" and "Kagiya" each refer to historical fireworks houses during the edo period. Onlookers would cheer the name of each house as they shot fireworks into the sky.

Fireworks Festivals Mean tamara kagiya sumidagawa

However, the Tamaya house caused a fire; ending its existance after a single generation. Even so, the Tamaya house's renowned techniques and status were so influential that people still chant its name to this very day.

Fireworks Festivals Mean tamara kagiya sumidagawa

"Kagiya" is often heard even now, so be sure to try shouting it!

Event details

Tokyo's largest firworks festival, the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, is on Saturday, July 29, starting from 7:05pm. Make the most of Asakusa and the Tokyo Skytree to enjoy it!

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