- One of Japan’s most famous fireworks festivals will be held in Hawaii as offering for world peace
One of Japan’s most famous fireworks festivals will be held in Hawaii as offering for world peace
It was announced recently that the Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, held every August 2nd and 3rd in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture, will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 15th, 2015. The fireworks will be offered in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the US’s attack on Nagaoka during World War II.
The Nagaoka Fireworks were brought back after the war’s end, in honor of the lives sacrificed in the August 1st, 1945 air attack on the city and as an offering of prayer for swift reconstruction and recovery. They have been held every August 2nd and 3rd since. Nagaoka and Honolulu’s exchanges began in 2007 thanks to Isoroku Yamamoto, the Nagaoka-born former Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Combined Fleet, who opposed the Pearl Harbor attack but had his obligations as a naval commander.
Nagaoka’s Fireworks Festival on Pearl Harbor will be held on August 15th in commemoration of the war’s end, with tremendous feelings of gratitude that these two cities, once on opposing sides, can now join together in their prayer for world peace. More details to follow.