It doesn’t have to be ostentatious

Not everything has to be big. When people in Japan think of fireworks, often they think of the big hanabitaikai, like the Sumida river fireworks display, or even the smaller ones they have in Odaiba.

But if you ask around, you’ll discover that the traditional Japanese fireworks are among some of the smallest. They’re tiny sparklers that demand a bit of skill to hold the molten ball, as it sends small sparks out, before eventually dropping like a glowing red raindrop.

Among bottle rockets, fountains, roman candles, and black cats, these little fireworks would get lost and attract little attention, but they’re among my favorites.

Also, it would be really, really hard to lose a finger to these.