X’mas Music Hanabi Festival brings in holiday spirit with a bang

The X’mas Music Hanabi Festival venue has been moved to the east side of the island to Nishihara Yonabaru Marine Park, which is protected from prevailing northern winds.

The X’mas Music Hanabi Festival venue has been moved to the east side of the island to Nishihara Yonabaru Marine Park, which is protected from prevailing northern winds.

The X’mas Music Hanabi Festival in Okinawa was introduced into Okinawa festival calendar a year ago. The event proved popular, but organizers admit that they did not take into account Mother Nature. Prevailing northern winds of the season caused the fireworks to drift towards the spectators on the shores of the Ginowan Tropical Beach resulting in less than satisfying experience.

You live and learn. This year organizers of the Christmas fireworks extravaganza assure everyone that they have learned, as they have moved the venue on the other side of the island to Nishihara Yonabaru Marine Park that is on the lee-side of the island in most days of December.

A part of an annual Ryukyu Kaiensai fireworks event that usually takes place in spring, this is the second fireworks spectacular tailored for Christmas spirit. The spectacle features 10,000 fireworks that are shot to the sky with the help of a special computer program that synchronizes the fireworks with the music.

The Christmas Hanabi Festival takes place at the Nishihara Yonabaru Marine Park in Yonabaru Town on Dec. 19th. The gates at the venue open at 13:00 and the show starts at 19:00. Organizers say the event will be postponed to Sunday in the case of increment weather, which would make launching of fireworks difficult.

Tickets are available in advance with a number of seating plans designed for different budgets. Advance tickets are sold at FamilyMart ‘e-plus’ at http://eplus.jp/ryukyukaiensai/ The official website at http://www.ryukyu-kaiensai.com/xmas/en/ has information of seating, tickets, a map of the venue in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Ticket prices vary with the number of people and select seating areas, details are available, in English, on the website.

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