Fukuyama Summer Festival Fireworks Event
Niagari Odori (Dance)
The Fukuyama Summer Festival brings excitement for everyone to experience. There are various events to impress visitors while displaying the many hometown characteristics. In the fireworks event held upstream of Kusado-Ohashi Bridge in the Ashidagawa River, approximately 13,000 fireworks, including bottle rockets and fancy pyrotechnics, set the night sky alight with color. "Niagari Odori," rich in Japanese atmosphere, is a traditional Bon Festival dance that has continued since the Edo period. It is designated as an intangible cultural heritage of Hiroshima Prefecture. "Niagari" is one of the samisen tuning methods. They dance in an elegant musical performance accompanied by a song that features a unique rhyme based on "Niagari.” Many participants every year parade through the station street, dancing with "Yotsudake" (bamboo castanets) in both hands amid the sounds of the Niagari samisen and flute.
The Summer Night Fureai (exchange) Festival is held in the shopping street, drawing crowds of visitors. The "Dondon Niagari Dance Battle" is also popular in the square, where participants freely dance to their favorite music in the motif of the traditional Niagari dance.