Umi no Hi Nagoya Minato Matsuri 海の日名古屋みなとまつり

Today is Marine Day, also known as Ocean Day or Umi no Hi (うみ の ひ). There was a big festival on down at the port in Nagoya, so we decided to go and check it out.

It was very cool – and extremely busy! There were lots of people there, including many foreigners (at one point we were playing the “how many foreign men with Japanese girlfriends can we spot” game). There were lots of food stalls, and some floats (だし), and the day ended with a huge fireworks display.

It was reassuring to know that “oohs” and “aahs” are still the done thing at a fireworks display in Japan, as they would be in England, and they played some interesting music too! Everything from J-Pop, to Celine Dion, the Pet Shop Boys to the piece of music you play at the end of a wedding!

Fireworks in Japan are pretty much the same as anywhere else, although I did see a few new ones. The best ones I couldn’t capture on film, but they made shapes in the sky – and some of them were the iconic octopus symbol used for takoyaki! Amazing!

After the fireworks it was utter chaos trying to get back to, and into, the subway station! There were just so many people! Our group got split up, but we all made it back in one piece I think!

It was an excellent festival and, naturally, I took loads of photos. The whole set can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haiku_girl/sets/72157606291579920/, and here are the highlights:

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2 thoughts on “Umi no Hi Nagoya Minato Matsuri 海の日名古屋みなとまつり

  1. Wow I’m jealous! I didn’t know about Marine Day! They’re probably a million matsuri happening right now that I’m missing out on. Looks like it was fun!

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