Making imitated Fireworks( Hanabi) in Japan

Visiting a firework/hanabi factory was sure Unique enough but we 
sure got more excited in the process of learning how to make our own Firework which is known as Hanabi in Japanese.

So here's the recipe !
And we have totally no idea what are they.
It all started with the manager explaining the types of fireworks and he informed us that we would be making the basic firework called Peony.
He also explained about what other kinds of Fireworks they have and how the inner core looks like.

And here this diagram , is sort of what we will be doing for the day.
We were given tapes, fake gunpowder, chemical balls , tracing paper, some ready made hemisphere thick cardboards strings and a small short black straw.

The first step was to place coloured balls into the round cup and then placing the tracing paper over it overlapping a smaller cup to set the shape of the paper.

 Then we remove the cup and place in the fake gunpowder. It then leads to us repeating the same step for the other side.

Well, the tricky part comes after as we were required to quickly combined the 2 hemispheres into a ball without spilling the inner fillings. I sure did quite well for that.
It sure pulls off as the look of a bomb with the string placed into the straw.

However, we were told not to place the string in the straw instead, tying it as a loop and then stick all over the ball with a rice glued sticky paper. The smell of strong rice wine purge into my nose in this crafting regime.

Well such activity was sure fun mainly due to our entertaining teacher as well as our group commenting on each other's artwork beauty.

Apparently, my sticking skills were terrible compared to teacher as his piece on the right has no bumps at all !

 Then after, we had a questionnaire session and I was curious on how does the other kinds of custome made name fireworks or odd shapes were made. The manager then explained on the the way of arrangement in the ball would determine the shape of it. However, a 2D design might vary as it will only be seen as the firework image desired at a certain angle. As such, professionals would emphasize more on the size and various colour transitions in a firework .
 At that point, I did not understood fully on what that meant.Then later, after going through the factory tour; I came to realisation as he informed me the drying process of just the chemical balls would take up to 1-2weeks. And that is the process whereby they build up the different layers of colours in the chemical balls determining the colour transitions of a firework.

And here is our team after a fun learning process of making our own imitated Hanabi,
Why imitated?

So, it can be taken with us back to our own country as a souvenir !
We even have a sticker placed on to state that it's a toy gimmick so we would stay out of trouble when checking in our luggages in the airport. 

As for the experience, it was sure worth it.
Such opportunities to visit a firework factory and even making one on our own was surely an honour. These are the things in life we weren't taught in school and even the internet won't be able to replace the actual hands-on experience.

What's more rewarding is that after, we got the privilege to view the beautiful fireworks.

Thanks to for the 
 unique experiences in Akita, Japan.
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