Little have we known, but even the most badass Fourth of July fireworks displays we enjoy every summer are pathetic compared to the annual Autumn Festival of Asahara Shrine. This year, the two-day festival in Konosu, Japan became Guinness World Records certified — one of the fireworks in their show was officially the largest ever set off anywhere. The 1,014 pound rockets emitted dazzling sparks of awesome more than 2,500 feet (which looks even more impressive than it sounds).
If you watch the video, you might contemplate moving to Japan just to see this show. Don't be alarmed; this is a normal response. It’s incredible. The colors and shapes are beautiful, artistically woven to create a truly ethereal light show in the sky, set to a jazz soundtrack. And the fireworks are just so humongous. For a second, I worried the fireworks would engulf the entire earth, but they elegantly sizzled into dust. So, so awesome.
This makes me think of the time I went to go see the San Diego fireworks show in 2012 and all of their fireworks went off all at once and it was terrifying and sad and hilarious. If you weren’t there, or didn’t the video, you should totally check it out and laugh forever. Like, literally there is a huge explosion, and then you hear yelling, and then clapping because you’ve gotta love your city even when it totally botches an annual celebration. I mean, I’m not an expert, but after years of practice, I have to think it’s really not hard to make fireworks happen, right? This is why we can’t have nice things, San Diego!
Watch Japan's next level fireworks here:
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