The Aioi Peiron Fireworks Festival is on May 24th every year. Thousands of people crowd the streets & the harborline to watch the magnificent display. Festival stalls selling food, sweets, toys for children, & stalls of children`s games line the streets leading to the harbor.
It gets really really crowded so come early to get a spot close to the harbor. The steps next to the harbor are the best, right in front of the boats where the fireworks come out from.
The fireworks start around 8pm & last for an hour. This year we saw many different shapes included a cat, heart, & smiley face. There were also fireworks on the water!
The Peiron races originally started in Nagasaki in 1855 by Chinese residents living in the city. The word 'peiron' is said to have originated from "bai long" which means "white dragon" in Chinese. The races were held to pray for bountiful fishing at sea, to worship the sea god, or to celebrate the rice-planting work.
There are around 25 teams that take part in the Aioi races. 28 oarsmen & 4 men playing gongs & drums are on each boat.
The race starts at 8:30am. Come early for a good seat & bring binoculars!!