Jul 30, 2018
Last night I went to one of the biggest festivals I have ever been to-- Toyota's firework festival! It was so beautiful and there were a lot of fireworks, but it reminded me why I like smaller festivals.
Toyota's festival was so extremely crowded. As a result, my boyfriend and I couldn't get a place to sit. We found on area on some sort of paved hill area, but it so steep that it hurt our legs too much. We ended up standing instead. Even standing up was not too great. It felt just like the inside of a packed train!
You can kind of see the cement hill in the background.
Don't get me wrong, I still had a great time, but the amount of people that were there took away from the romance of it all. Even trying to eat food from the food stalls was a challenge. That didn't stop me of course! Haha!
Did I mention I love chocolate covered bananas!
In comparison, my experience at smaller festivals have all been fantastic. I was able to get a seat to sit and watch the fireworks and comfortably eat! Plus, the smaller festivals aren't as touristy so you can really feel the culture of the community. There is just something I enjoy about the sense of community at the smaller festivals. When I go to festivals in the city I live, I always run into people I know! In general, it just doesn't tire me out as much!
If you are set on going to a large festival, especially for fireworks I recommend that you scope out a place to sit beforehand! The locals that live in the area can often give you good advice. Hindsight is twenty-twenty, but on the way home from the fireworks we found some streets that were a little further away from the fireworks that had a good view and they weren't so crowded!
How do you feel about larger festivals? Happy Travels!
Teacher, Traveler, Dancer
Currently living in Gifu
I love Japan, dance, cats, food, and fashion!