Why we love Japan’s most iconic fireworks stores
You might have seen them at the beach, in your local supermarket or on the subway, but you probably never imagined how many you could buy.
Here are the 11 Japanese fireworks stores that you won’t soon forget.
Read more”The Japanese fireworks industry has grown enormously, and we have now been exporting a lot of fireworks in the past 20 years,” says Shigeru Uchida, a veteran Japanese fireworks producer.
“In the last 10 years, we exported over 3 million kilogrammes of fireworks.”
Now, the Japanese government is keen to attract foreign companies to the country, and they’re hoping that a nationwide festival can revitalise the country’s once-bustling industry.
According to the Japanese Tourism Agency, around a million foreign tourists visited Japan in the first six months of this year, bringing the country to the world’s second-largest fireworks market.
The agency expects that this year’s festival will attract as many as 1.5 million tourists, bringing Japan’s overall fireworks industry to around 3 million.
While most fireworks displays are sold out in Japan, there are still plenty of local fireworks vendors, who can offer fireworks displays for a fraction of the cost of overseas competitors.
For example, a firework vendor at one of Japan’s best-known fireworks stores, Tokyo’s Tokyo Fireworks, sells over 30,000 fireworks each year, according to the company’s owner, Masayuki Nakamura.
“I started selling fireworks in 2005, but I had never planned to export fireworks,” Nakamura told the BBC.
“I wanted to create a business that could sell fireworks to other countries.”
Since opening its doors in 2007, Tokyo Firework has grown from a small stall selling cheap fireworks to a major business selling hundreds of thousands of kilogrammmes a year.
Its business has also been booming.
“It’s a booming business now, and there are always new things to sell,” Nakara told the broadcaster.
While Japan is not the only country with a thriving fireworks market, it is the only one where fireworks exports have been increasing in recent years.
According to the International Federation of Fireworks Companies, in 2017, there were 1.1 million fireworks exports to more than 70 countries.
That number is forecast to rise to 2.4 million by 2020.
With the international community investing in its efforts to boost the economy, it’s a perfect time for Japan to take up its international status.
“With the launch of the World Fireworks Day on October 7, Japan is setting the stage for the rest of the world to follow suit,” says the Japanese Fireworks Association.
“The country is looking forward to the coming years with optimism and optimism.”
The top 10 best Japanese fireworks shopsYou might not be aware of it, but Japan has a pretty good fireworks market and a very active one at that.
Take the top ten most popular fireworks shops in Japan.1.
Tokyo Fire Works, Tokyo2.
Tokyo Shimbun, Tokyo3.
Tokyo Hariyama, Tokyo4.
Tokyo Yabuki, Tokyo5.
Tokyo Big Red, Tokyo6.
Tokyo Sushi Palace, Tokyo7.
Kyoto Fireworks Company, Kyoto8.
Kyoto Big Red Fireworks Park, Kyoto9.
Kyoto Nijiya, Kyoto10.
Tokyo’s Fireworks Station, Tokyo11.
Tokyo-Kansai Fireworks Festival, TokyoJapanese fireworks vendors.
Image copyright AFP/Getty ImagesThe country’s biggest fireworks retailers, such as Tokyo Fire, are owned by Japan’s government.
But since their founding, they have also been selling fireworks to overseas clients, such the United States and Europe.
“This is a very good opportunity for us to export our fireworks to the US, to Europe and to Asia,” said Toshihiro Kanemoto, the president of Tokyo Fire.
The Tokyo Firehouse opened its doors on March 15, 2001, selling fireworks at a wholesale price of around 2,000 yen (US$1.30).
In 2011, the company bought the Osaka Fireworks and opened a bigger store in the city, and now sells to more countries.
“We’ve also started exporting to China and Russia,” Kanemotosaid.
“Now, we have a total of about 20 countries in which we export our products.”
While Japan’s fireworks are sold in sealed containers, some of the larger stores in the country sell them to consumers, such by offering them to passersby in a display of fireworks.
“Some people are very interested in seeing it on the street, but most people don’t care,” said Kanemotesays.