Summer, Summer, Summer
“Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.”
– From “You’ve got a friend” by James Taylor.
Had arrived and was welcomed by a pleasant weather in fall, had my first taste of snow in winter, had been hopeful and was filled with awe in spring. Now that summer has come, my fourth season encounter in a foreign land. Let’s just say I’m having so much fun putting aside the scorching heat of the sun and not to mention the mugginess, which was unbearable and unstoppable. Well, this one can’t be helped so have to live with it at least in a month or two.
Without further ado, I wanted to share my first Nagasaki Fireworks (Hanabi!) experience. Though it was kind of unorthodox to me watching fireworks in a hot season since we always have it on New Years back home. But still I was thrilled. This one was held at the harbor during the weekend. I was lucky enough to enjoy the “Hanabi” two nights in a row.
First night was a lot of fun because I had the opportunity to wear “Yukata” for the very first time. I’ve always thought that wearing it is just a piece of cake but I was wrong. It does take time for an amateur and how much more for a “Kimono”. I was quite surprised with the ties they have even just for a simple Yukata. I think that was three. Walking in Yukata wasn’t that hard, as I thought. Just walk like a model and you’re going to have fun. Besides it wasn’t that hot since the armpit sleeves are open. Anyways, lots of people were gathered and patiently waited for the fireworks to start. When the most awaited event had begun, everybody was awed by the spectacular view of the fireworks radiantly dancing in the dark night sky along with the Nagasaki native’s music playing on the background. That magnificent scene lasted for an hour and everybody went home very satisfied. As we walked trying to get to the other side of the bay, I was overwhelmed by how big the crowd was. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it because we had to squeeze in. Never did I expect that massive number of people.
The fireworks finale was still amazing even though the sky wasn’t that clear unlike the first night. Again lots of people were gathered and dared not to miss it.