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!


  1. Wow ! Love it ! But I think the “older” lady (with the white Yukata) is just outstanding, I really like it :)

  2. All the girls look so kawaii *-*
    definitely an amazing festive atmosphere :)

  3. A beautiful time-honoured festival which include the whole family.
    Some lovely ladies with beautiful ‘yukata’-outfits- I see that the males are also dressed-up in yukata!!…..

    What pretty little girls wearing yukata with their mothers.

    Would be nice to see photos of boys with father, mother and sisters perhaps?….

  4. Stephanie Anderson

    FABULOUS photos!! What a treat, and what memories…summer in Japan is always so hot and sticky, but evenings with a breeze can be magical. How wonderful to see NORMAL-looking Japanese people enjoying wearing their wonderful traditional yukata. I was especially taken by that very tall and handsome man and his girlfriend in one of the earlier photos..WOW! The older couple were incredibly stylish, and it was fun to see the “hipster dudes” decked out in yukata as well. Thank you for sharing these and making me nostalgic for my Tokyo childhood.
    Menlo Park, California

  5. Yukata is definitely something anyone can wear and look beautiful and stunning wearing! ^0^ All of these photos are amazing and all the people are looking lovely!

  6. Whoaah, all pics are so so pretty. But most beautiful is the old couple. That lady is so gorgeous. So noble and elegant. ahh i can’t <333

  7. Wonderful pictures as always! But this time I found a girl in the pictures which is wearing the same Yukata as I brought in Kyoto – was nice to see her ^^

  8. Hurray for Yukatas!!! :-) Also, I agree with Claire’s comment.

  9. It is a wonderful time to see all these colorful and happy people to celebrate this festival with their friends and family (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚

  10. Do you have to be Japanese to wear yukata? Or in other words…Do Japanese frown upon foreigners in yukatas?

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