This is a crafty firework which was first launched in 1968. "Botan" is the Japanese word for peony flower. Gunpowder smoke hides the sparkles of the firework, then suddenly a circle of light appears. Named "Magic Botan," this firework was created by a legendary pyrotechnician. Today, his grandson, the third generation in a family of pyrotechnicians, attempts to create a new style of fireworks.
These traditional fireworks from the town of Toyohashi must be made by the handler themselves. Bamboo is cut down into cylinders, strengthened by winding rope around them and stuffed with gunpowder. After a month's preparation, on the day of the festival, the courage of the men is tested as stand clutching the handheld firework as it blows out a pillar of fire.
Giant Fireworks (2-foot shell)
A group of fireworks aficionados convene at a fireworks festival in Lake Hamana to launch their own fireworks. Under the guidance of a pyrotechnician, a group of locals receive training, then set up and launch the fireworks themselves. The climax of the fireworks show is a giant firework with a 60cm diameter, weighing 70kg. A large flower of fire adorns the night sky.