There were approximately 24 entrants, the event lasted two hours long, and each selection was introduced by a moderator. The event was flanked by impressive displays of eye-popping fireworks. The whole thing was a bit mind-blowing. We have nothing like this, as far as I know, here in the states.
My Japanese friend has a friend who is a huge fireworks enthusiast. He attends multiple fireworks events each year in Japan. The below picture is one of hundreds he took that night at the show. The picture below his is mine, taken with a mobile phone.
Not only did I see the most amazing display of fireworks at Suwa Lake, but I also enjoyed a lovely dinner to boot. The bento box picture below shows a rather decadent meal, don't you think?
|Taken on my android.|
|Bento box included in ticket price.|
Waiting for the sun to go down, Suwa Lake.
Day trip to Nagano City to visit the Zenkoji Buddhist Temple--
The temple dates back to the 7th century, but, from what I understood, this latest structure was built in the early 18th century. We walked from the rather modern & user-friendly Nagano main train station to the temple. It was a pleasant 30 minute stroll along a nice-looking boulevard. The closer we walked to the temple, the posher the shops and buildings became. The below shot is just at the entrance to the temple grounds.
|Walk up the main drag to the temple.|
|Muscled foot of one of the guardians of the temple. He stood about 20' tall & was entirely made of cypress.|
|Tour group just in front of the Niomon Gate.|
|Advert from a local dairy on temple grounds.|
|Back side of temple.|