The city of Tsukuba holds its grand fireworks display on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the fields between highways 408 and 125, north of the city center. The best way to approach the site is to continue along the road that is the natural extension of Nishi Odori as it intersects with Higashi Odori until you come to the fields on the left. The entrance to the parking lot is clearly marked. Free busses will also be leaving from both the Oho branch office (near the junction of Nishi and Higashi Odoris) and the Tsukuba branch office (the old Tsukuba Town hall near the base of Mt. Tsukuba) at 5 pm. and leaving on the return at 8:30 pm.
The display isn't as big as the Tsuchiura fireworks show coming up in October, but it is still quite impressive. In case of rain or strong winds, the event is to be rescheduled for the following night.
If you are only going to see one fireworks event, however, the annual Tsuchiura Fireworks coming up on Oct. 5 is definitely the one to go for. It is one of the biggest in the country and fireworks artists use this event to try out new designs. You need to go early, as it is very crowded. A great way to go is to park facing Tsukuba along Tsuchiura-Gakuen sen (the outer lanes of which are okay for parking from the afternoon only) near the route 6 overpass. It is only a few minutes walk from there to the fields between the overpass and the river, where most people watch it from, and then it is comparatively easy to get out and on your way back. Don't expect to be able to do that if you wait until an hour or so before dark to go. If you must go later, the best way is just to go by bicycle. If you have a car that is big enough to put your bicycle in, then you can drive part way, find a parking spot on some back road and bike from there.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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