Ehon Tokiwagusa (National Diet Library Digital Collections)

Nishikawa Sukenobu

NHK Educational

NHK Educational
Tokyo, Japan

Senko hanabi, or sparklers, got their start in the Edo period, when people put gunpowder on the end of pieces of straw, stood them up in incense burners, and watched them burn. They reportedly were given the name senko hanabi (stick incense fireworks) because they resembled the incense sticks offered on Buddhist altars.


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