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Check out the video introducing “Sanshu Kakou,” a fireworks shop that makes traditional Japanese fireworks.

"Nippon Teshigoto Zukan x Sanshu Kakou" (ニッポン手仕事図鑑 × 三州火工), is a video interviewing craftsmen of Sanshu Kakou, located in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture.

The handheld fireworks date back to the Edo Period(1603-1868).
At 14:50, You can see the beauty of the traditional Japanese fireworks made using gunpowder.

What Is Sanshu Kakou?

Sanshu Kakou is a historical fireworks factory in Kota, Nukata, Aichi, in Japan's Tokai region.
The fireworks are 100% domestically produced.
These days, there are a lot of inexpensive fireworks that are imported.

But the fireworks made by the hands of Japanese craftsmen second to none when it comes to quality and beauty.
The 100% domestically produced sparkler “Oedo Botan” is especially pretty thanks to its lovely colors.

Fireworks merchant, Yamagata Shoten in Tokyo, and fireworks factory Sanshu Kakou in Aichi, are cooperating in order to make a new, domestically produced sparkler.

You can see the craftmanship at 6:32 in the video.
Surprisingly, the gunpowder is hand-wrapped one by one.

Let’s Buy Some Fireworks!

Many Japanese people get excited about letting off fireworks in the summer.
There are different kinds of fireworks in Japan, such as fireworks moving like a dancing octopus, skyrockets, repeating fireworks, jet fireworks, and smoke fireworks as well.

You can get handheld fireworks that can be used at home, at the supermarket, convenience stores, the toy section at department store, and at online retailers like Amazon and Rakuten.

Summary of Japan's Traditional Fireworks

Image of sparkler

Sanshu Kakou is a historical studio that makes traditional Mikawa fireworks in Aichi.

The fireworks made by the craftsmen, using traditional techniques and gunpowder, are of the highest quality.
If you're curious about trying out some traditional Japanese fireworks, be sure to visit some of the places we listed above!

Written By
Sep. 15, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Japanese Fireworks Are of the Highest Quality! The Beautiful Fireworks of Aichi’s “Sanshu Kakou”: Amazing Craftsmanship Putting Smiles on the Faces of People Everywhere.
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