After we hiked Mt Fuji, we headed up to Nagaoka to watch one of the number one firework festivals in the world. How you ask?
This summer we were at our friend's bar in Yomitan for a going away party for some friends. While we were there, there was a Japanese guy drinking. Me, wanting to practice my Japanese, started up a conversation with him. Nate and I ended up having a few beers with him and our good friend 'google translate'. Yuya, the Japanese guy from mainland, ended up being friends with Hiro, the bar owner. We found out Yuya was from Nagaoka, a prefecture in northern mainland Japan (about 2 hrs north of Tokyo). Hiro and Yuya told us Nagaoka was famous for their firework festival in August - which is supposed to be one of the biggest in Japan (and the world). And as fate would have it, the festival was on August 2 and 3, days we would be up in mainland Japan to hike Mt. Fuji. Yuya, being the hospitable guy he is, invited us to come to the firework festival with him and told us we could stay at his place. Nate and I not wanting to miss an opportunity for a great experience and some fun memories, said #YOLO, and were determined to find a way up there after Mt. Fuji. And that my friends, is how we ended up watching the best firework festival of my life in Nagaoka.
Megan Bond - AUTHOR
Just a girl raised in California and loved exploring Southeast Asia with my husband! We're back in the States but still exploring the world as much as we can!