The Evolution of the Omagari Hanabi National Fireworks Competition and Fireworks in Japan (After 2000 – The Period of the Pursuit of Excellence)

The Omagari Hanabi National Fireworks Competition is a competition for fireworks craftsmen. In 2000, the competition introduced the Prime Minister’s Prize for the first time in Japan. In addition, the competition awards the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Prize, and the Director General of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Agency Prize. There are only two fireworks competitions that can award the Prime Minister Prize: Omagari Hanabi National Fireworks Competition, and the Tsuchiura Hanabi National Fireworks Competition (Ibaraki Prefecture). Omagari’s event, imbued with tradition and dignity, has evolved into the best national competition where the finest fireworks craftsmen with highly sophisticated and advanced techniques compete with each other. On its 100th anniversary, over 800,000 spectators, the highest yet recorded, enjoyed the competition, making it one of the nation’s biggest events.
2000 – The Prime Minister’s Prize was introduced. The prize was awarded to the fireworks producer who won the first place in the overall competition.
2002 – Omagari fireworks were displayed at the South Korean Tourism Festival.
2003 – Omagari fireworks were displayed at the South Korean Tourism Festival.
2004 – The number of visitors recorded was over 700,000 for the first time.
2005 – Goeshin* fireworks were launched for the first time in the competition. Eight municipalities in the Daisen region were consolidated into Daisen City. (*Goeshin (five internal layers) is a type of firework that consists of one main layer and five internal layers (six layers of color in total).)
2008 – The Daisen City Fireworks Tradition and Culture Inheritance Project was started.
2013 – The competition celebrated its 100th anniversary. The number of visitors recorded was over 800,000 for the first time.
2014 – There were four divisions in the competition: creative fireworks, #10 dama, layered warimono fireworks, and daytime fireworks.
2015 – The Omagari Hanabi Chapters of the Four Seasons were started.
2017 – The 16th International Fireworks Symposium was held in Daisen City.
2018 – The Hanabi Museum was founded.