Sunday, 6 January 2013

Tokyo Fire Department New Year Review (東京消防庁出初式)

Seem like visiting Fire Department new year kickoff review, (Dezome-shiki 出初式) is a famous To-do in town during new year. This is an annual ritual dating back over 3 centuries when it first held in 1659. The Wikipedia entry only written in Japanese, but you can read more about it on this tourism page.

I wasn't expecting a big crowd, but apparently this event manage to draws lots of attention, and I hardly found a spot to stand. If you plan to visit it next year, my advice is wake up earlier!

So let's the photos tell the stories.

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This is team is called  Hyper Rescue Team (ハイパーレスキュー隊), set up since 95's Kobe earthquake.
"Hyper Rescue"...sound strange, but typical Japanese English ,  I guessed...

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Besides parade with fire trucks and choppers, the event features a Hollywood style firefighting drills with explosive, and a ladder stunts performance by firefighters in Edo-era which always impressed me how well the Japanese preserved their culture.  

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I'm not sure how this stunts on the ladder helps firefighting during Edo-era, but you get the idea that you need lots of people to held the bamboo ladder straight! 

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Reporters at the sidelines.

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The best shot of the day, likes the blue sky, the lens flare and the silhouette of scaling ladders


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