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.
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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