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Japanese Fireworks

Japanese fireworks have attained a worldwide reputation for their unique artistic qualities – perfect shapes, exquisite colorings, the size and quality of shells, and the poetic sense of ephemerality they produce. Japanese fireworks are gaining popularity among show producers and event organizers around the world as a powerful component of their works.

Japanese fireworks terminology reflects a unique sense of beauty.

■Suwari (sitting)

The moment an aerial shell reaches its maximum height before bursting is called "suwari." Good "uwari" means a shell bursts after a brief moment of stillness at the highest point.

■Bon (tray)

A large colorful circular pattern produced when a shell bursts, scattering numerous stars and comets, is called "bon." In the Japanese fireworks tradition, a bon should be as large and close to a perfect circle as possible. Stars should be located uniformly within the circle.

■Kata (shoulder)

Kata is a concept used to describe the ways stars shoot off. When they fly off straight in horizontal trajectories, the shell is described as having "square shoulders." When stars scatter around widely, the shell has "broad shoulders."

■Kie-kuchi (disappearing mouth)

The disappearing moments of stars are called "kie-kuchi." Japanese fireworks are characterized by their sudden, smooth disappearance with a whiff.