Sunday, June 23, 2013

Carpe Diem #229, Hanabi (Fireworks)

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today a lovely prompt. Japan has through the year more then 100.000 festivals in all different parts of the country. I couldn't at first belief that, but as I sought for information on our prompt for today I ran into a few wonderful websites about Japanese Festivals. They have such wonderful festivals, but for today's prompt, Hanabi (Fireworks), I will use one of the most famous Fireworks Festivals of Japan. This Fireworks Festival occurs in August. The name of this Festival is: Edogawa City Fireworks Festival and it is held on the historic Edo River that forms the border between Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture, this massively popular festival draws the most spectators of any in the Tokyo area with crowds on both sides of the river.

In our Western World we don't have such big Fireworks Festivals. In my country fireworks are only for festivities and New Years Eve. I live at the shore of a great lake and on the banks of that lake we have once a year a Symphonic Firework, it's awesome and a joy to watch it. 

I found a wonderful video about fireworks with the music of Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks. I love to share that video hereafter.

Really a joy to watch and listen to. As I sought for haiku on fireworks I found a nice one written by Issa:

shibaraku wa yami no tomoshi wo hanabi kana

for a moment
the darkness is lighted...

And I have to share a nice video of the Edogawa City Fireworks Festival 2010, which I found on You Tube::

Isn't it wonderful? What a wonderful music and what a sight all those colorful fireworks above Edo-river. It's a joy to watch and I would love to see that once in my life for real, but ... well that will be just a dream I think.

watching fireworks
on the banks of Edo-river -
it was just a dream

Well ... you will never know what the future has for surprises ... so maybe ... once ....

above Edo river
colorful flowers of fire
the moon still in sight

colorful reflections
Edo-river becomes a flowing rainbow -
a Nightingale's song

Awesome to write this haiku on fireworks. What a joy and a pleasure to do this for you all (and of course for myself). I hope you all did like the read and I hope that this post will be an inspiration to you all to write haiku on Hanabi (Fireworks).
This prompt will stay on 'til June 25th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our new episode, Gione (Gion Festival), later on today around 8.00 PM (CET). !! The linking widget for this episode will be open for submissions at 8.00 PM (CET) !!


  1. Wow what a lyrical firework haiku here. Inspiring :-)

  2. Your haiku for this prompt are so lovely!

  3. I liked reading this history of the Edo festival. Very inspiring for my haiku. Fireworks here are not so spectacular. These are beautiful kigo prompts this month!

  4. Thank you for another colourful prompt and response Kristjaan :)

  5. The video was awesome and your haiku very melodious.

  6. The video was awesome and your haiku very melodious.

  7. Lovely music and video. You did it justice.
    I was late, but mine is up at: