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Hanabi-Inspired Ikebana

Summer is hanabi or fireworks season here in Japan. Every year, thousands of people gather together to admire the fireworks display at various key places of the country. It is the time of the year when a lot of girls dress in yukatas or summer kimono. It is also the time when people cover the seasides or parks with blue mats even the day before the actual hanabi to save the best seat.

Every year, my husband and I try to see at least one major Hanabi events here in Tokyo. We are fortunate that four of these big events are just a bike ride away from our house. This makes our travel more relaxed instead of taking the trains waiting in crazy crowded lines. We also bring some drinks and chips to enjoy while waiting for the fireworks display. For this year, we plan to see the Edogawa Hanabi again on Saturday. We hope to meet again some friends who were kind enough to share their mats with us. Another event that we want to see is the  Koto fireworks, which is just a few meters away from our building. I am lucky that will be held next Tuesday (August 4) instead of the usual Friday schedule. I can finally see it together with my husband and friends. Previously I can only see a few minutes of it from the train when I come home from my classes in Hikawadai.

Edogawa crowd
Thousands of people gather eagerly waiting for Edogawa Hanabi last year
The colorful fireworks during the 2014 Edogawa Hanabi

Hanabi: Colorful and dazzling fireworks that brighten the dark sky

For my Ikebana today, I created an arrangement inspired by hanabi. The white Liatris flowers are the comets that shoot upward with a distinct glittery trail.  The light purple Thistles and the white Mums are the chrysanthemum fireworks with a scattering stars. The red Hiperikums reminds me of the peony fireworks with globe-shaped bliss. The vase I used is a dark blue ceramic vase shaped like Mt. Fuji. From afar, the whole arrangement is similar to a scene of hanabi on top of Mt. Fuji.

hanabi ikebana
Ikebana Inspired by the Hanabi Season in Japan. Liatris, Thistles, Mums, and Hiperikum placed in a Mt. Fuji-shaped ceramic vase.

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