This festival is actually a fireworks competition that has been held since 1925. Many specialists and event organizers come to the festival to see what's new and exciting in fireworks this year. After the festival, people start placing orders for next year's festivals.
If you haven't seen this festival yet, or if you are not going to be here this time next year, you really should go to this festival. Highly recommended.
See also: http://tsuchiura-hanabi.jp/ (Japanese)
If you come by train, please buy a return ticket. The lines for buying tickets on the way back are insanely long.
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