One of Tokyo’s biggest summer fireworks festivals took place on Saturday night – the 2013 Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival! The Jingu Gaien Fireworks are launched from Sendagaya, so the streets of nearby Harajuku and Aoyama come to life with thousands of people during the festival. Hanabi time is second only to hanami season as far as drawing fun celebratory people to Harajuku. Hanabi has one big added bonus for fans of Japanese fashion: many of the people who come to watch the fireworks are wearing Japanese summer kimono, also known as yukata!
The streets of Harajuku are always full of exceptional fashion, but the Jingu Gaien hanabi is one of the only times of year (Coming of Age Day being the other) when you can see traditional kimono/yukata everywhere you look. Worn by young and old alike, summer yukata are bursting with pretty colors and patterns, brightening up the streets of Harajuku and making hanabi feel like a big street party. (The fact that so many people are drinking and having fun in big groups of friends doesn’t hurt either!)
During the 2013 Jingu Gaien Fireworks Festival, we hit the streets of Harajuku to take yukata pictures to share with those of you that couldn’t make it! We would like to send a big “Thank You!” to everyone who let us take their picture and we also want to encourage you to come out and enjoy the fireworks and yukata for yourself next year!
Click on any Harajuku yukata photo to enlarge it.
Once again, Thank You to everyone who let us take pictures of their yukata. We hope to see you all next year in Harajuku!