Fireworks Festivals to be Minimized in View of the 2020 Summer Olympics

Summer in the Land of the Rising Sun has always been regarded as the season of festivals and fireworks. Every year, both locals and foreign sojourners in the country look forward to taking part in various traditional festivals during the summer season. These lively events are often celebrated with magnificent fireworks display.


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However, in view of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games, people expect that there will be fewer fireworks across Japan during the summer season next year. The Japanese government, in coordination with the security personnel of the Olympic Game Organizers, is committed to ensure the safety of the public and the smooth flow of the multi national sports event.


A number of fireworks events and shows for 2020 are set to be cancelled or postponed in order to avoid possible commotions during the course of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For instance, the Sumida River Fireworks Festival which is regularly celebrated every last Saturday of July will instead take place on July 11, 2020 so as not to fall under any of the dates intended for the Summer Olympic Games which will be on July 24 to August 9, 2020.


In addition, the Koto Ward of the country’s capital city has also expressed its plan to adjust the schedule of the event to June 6, 2020 instead of August since the waterfront ward in Tokyo will be hosting a lot of Olympic events. Meanwhile, the Chuo Ward of Tokyo has cancelled the Bay Fireworks Festival since the year 2016 due to the ongoing construction of the Olympic village in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in their site.


According to Romi Takahashi, the secretary general of the Tokyo Yakatabune Association to which more than thirty cruise boat operators belong, “Continued suspension of the event is taking a toll on us. We hope the event will be revived after the Olympics.” He noted that August was supposed to be a peak season for their business because of the various festivals and cultural events.


Reference: Fewer fireworks events in Japan next summer due to Olympics


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