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Searching for the Beautiful Sparks

Not so flashy, rather transient pale reddish-brown sparks fade into the darkness... Different from more colorful ones, Japanese traditional fireworks, wabi, seem to have something warm, life-like, with slight sadness and loneliness about them, wabi-sabi. Experience the feeling of old Japan surrounded by nature. Enjoy the simple, yet heartwarming sparks of the past.

What is

What is "wabi"?

"Wabi" is the name of Japanese traditional fireworks made of three materials, potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal. In contrast to the colorful fireworks imported from the West after the Meiji period, wabi has the simple color of orange charcoal sparks, which has lit the night skies of Japan for over 300 years. If Western fireworks are likened to paintings, wabi would be likened to black‐and‐white drawing. Why don't you experience their profoundness and deep beauty?

  • Variety
  • Variety

    Rocket type, cylindrical tube type (cylindrical tubes held up with both bands which continually emit sparks), and sparkler type

  • Charm of wabi
  • Charm of wabi

    The charm of wabi can be explained as “simplicity”: potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal. Using these three limited ingredients, we control the subtle balance and create the difference of intensity, length and thickness of lines, and strength and weakness of the fire, in order to enable the fireworks to tell a story. Metaphorically speaking, wabi may be very similar to black and white ink painting. This is what makes wabi superb. It does not seem brilliant when compared to modern fireworks, however, it must have been a delight to see the night sky lit up in centuries past. There is “beauty” found in its “simplicity.” The firework “wabi” is another aspect of the understated Japanese sense of beauty “wabi-sabi,” and is the Japanese spirit itself.

  • Workshop
  • Workshop

    Why don't you try making a sparkler with a craftworker in a 90-minute workshop? Later, after the workshop, light your handmade fireworks. It will be a memorable experience of your visit to Japan. In case you are not successful in making the sparklers, this program offers you 3 strings of additional sparklers for your use and enjoyment.

Wabi-shi Gen Sasaki

Wabi-shi Gen Sasaki

Born in Tokyo, 1984. After graduating from university, he chose to become a firework craftworker. After 6-years experience of production and launching as an employee of a fireworks manufacturer, he established Maruya in 2014 as a licensed craftworker by the Gunpowder Control Law in Japan to promote the value of Japanese traditional fireworks.

  • Wabi-shi Gen Sasaki

    • Wabi-shi Gen Sasaki
    • Address:191-1, Ichikawa-daimon, Ichikawa-misato Town, Nishi-Yatsushiro-Gun,Google Map
      Access:Walk (5 min from Ichikawa-Honmachi Station)

      Parking lot:Available for free/Language:Japanese/Lavatory available/Average budget:JPY 2,000 per person (5 to 15 people required)/