Japanese fireworks called “sparklers” presented by Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks co.,ltd

The ephemeral life of a sparkler. The sparkler emits various flames that fleetingly disappear. They burn for ten seconds and reflect a man’s life.

By Tachibana Museum

By : Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks co.,ltd

Miyama CityTachibana Museum

Japanese-made sparklers have become rare now. The gunpowder is made of burnt pine from Miyazaki prefecture, and handmade washi (traditional Japanese paper) dyed with natural plants from Yame City, in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Delicate technique of adjusting gunpowder, From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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Sparklers are very delicate, and vary depending on the way a craftsman twists them, the amount of gunpowder used, and weather conditions.

Delicate technique of twisting a slip of paper, From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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Domestic sparklers have a four-phased burning life. Also, like wine, sparklers improve with “maturity.” Aged sparklers are somewhat softer and produce warmer flames.

Subo-te PeonyTachibana Museum

Sparkler from Kansai (West area of Japan)
~Subo-te Peony~

It is an original firework that has not changed for over 300 years.
The Tsutsui-Tokimasa toy fireworks factory in Miyama city, in Fukuoka prefecture, is the only place that currently produces these fireworks.
“Subo-te Peony” have always been popular with people in the Kansai area, an area with fertile soil, which allowed people to actively engage in rice cultivation.

Naga-te PeonyTachibana Museum

Sparkler from Kanto (Eastern area of Japan)
~Naga-te Peony~

A familiar, yet nostalgic sparkler, with gun powder wrapped in Washi (Japanese paper).
Naga-te Peony was popular mainly among people in the Kanto area, an area with poor rice production, but that prospered as a Japanese paper manufacturing area. Wrapping gunpowder with paper evolved from wrapping it with straw. This sparkler has remained very popular in the Kanto area, and has also gained popularity throughout Japan.

BudTachibana Museum


Bud -TSUBOMI-

Ii is a fire ball, which expands immediately after being ignited, as if it were inhaling oxygen to live. 

The moment before the final flame drops is similar to a flower bud opening to full bloom.

PeonyTachibana Museum

Peony -BOTAN-

It is called “Peony”.

It evokes a time of youth when children take hesitant baby steps.

The interval between sparks gets shorter as it burns….

Pine-needlesTachibana Museum

Pine-needles -MATSUBA-

Then it gains momentum and the sparks, like pine-needles, pop out one after another.

Symbolic of marriage, childbirth, and growth… Watching the delicately-shaped arch of fire, it mysteriously intermingles with the happy events of our life.

Falling chrysanthemumTachibana Museum

Falling chrysanthemum -CHIRIGIKU-

Sparks fly and fall off one by one.

It is symbolic of one’s latter years of tranquility.

The moment the fire ball changes from red to yellow, and loses its light, the life of the sparkler comes to an end.

Sparkler "Flowers", From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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This sparkler 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.

Sparkler "Flower", From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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The beautiful colors are made from natural dyes.
Note the lovely flower-like shape. The tradition of hand-crafted sparklers progressed as it was passed down from generation to generation.

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