The most beautiful fireworks in the world, by Tsutsui Tokimasa
There are two types of fireworks in Japanese summer traditions. The loud explosions of fireworks that light up the night skies during summer festivals, and sparklers that you hold in your hand while enjoying a summer night with friends and family. Tsutsui Tokimasa is the sparklers’ master!
In a rural part of Fukuoka prefecture there’s a small company that’s been making children’s fireworks for over 80 years. Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks specializes in small, handheld sparklers and are one of only three other Japanese makers of sparklers. He is keeping the flame of tradition alive with a wonderfully understated packaging.
Among the lineup of products at Tsutsui Tokimasa you’ll find animal-themed fireworks like a dragon and a whale. You’ll also find your standard hand-held sparklers like the ones you might see sticking out of a birthday cake.
The sparkler in the photo above is made of burnt pine powder from Miyazaki prefecture, and handmade washi (traditional Japanese paper) dyed with natural plants from Yame City, in Fukuoka Prefecture.
And if you want to learn how to make fireworks, he has the solution. Tsutsui Tokimasa offers periodic workshops in their a detached space that neighbors their gallery and factory where they’ll teach children and adults how to make their very own fireworks. If you’re interested, you should get in touch. Or if you’re in the area, stop by to pick up some the most beautiful fireworks you’ll ever see (and send us one, please, because we love them!).
Their handmade sparklers are so beautifully packaged you might not want to burn them.