Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kintai Fireworks Festival

The beautiful view just before dark and the start of fireworks
Every August there is a huge fireworks display at the Kintai Bridge as part of the Nishiki River Water Festival. Along with the fireworks there are tents and tents of vendors, boats offering dinner cruises, and more boats demonstrating "Cormorant fishing." Here are some views from our arrival at the event. I do apologize, not our best photography, much from video camera and no tripod...

A dinner boat cruise underway
View from on top of a second bridge for motorized vehicles
Dinner cruise boat
Vendors under the bridge

Sorry I did not get any photos of Cormorant fishing, but did capture a few seconds on video which follows. Cormorants are a type of bird, which a fisherman uses to catch fish while it's master has a leash around the base of its neck to stop it from swallowing larger fish. Then the fishermen have the birds spit out the big fish for them. This type of fishing is mostly used just for demonstration purposes today. Here is my video of the event, including the fireworks. About half way through, you can see the birds in front of the boats with torches in the front...

And incase you couldn't view the video, here are some shots of the evening with fireworks...

I hope you enjoyed what we captured!

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