Sumida River Fireworks seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Photo Tour

Tokyo ON #019: Summer Lovin’

Maction Planet’s Resident DJ Royce Leong is back with a collection of Summertime Jams: party tunes, summer-themed classics and one-off seasonal hits to help you beat your natsubate!

Featuring some of the hottest J-Pop artists such as Rip Slyme, M-flo and Beni, this show’s selection of tunes all have one thing in common – they are HOT! This episode paints the perfect picture of a Japan summer with images of festivals, fireworks, beaches and pool parties – the stuff memories are made of.

Grab a kakigori and enjoy this special sizzling episode of Tokyo ON!

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Our featured photo comes from Yayu Wang, and was taken at the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. This world-famous event, which attracts over a million viewers each year, is said to have been founded in 1733. While the event has not been held every year since then, but nonetheless has come to represent the archetypal hanabi taiki. There are two firing sites, setting off over 20,000 fireworks during the evening, and showcasing fierce competition between different companies competing to develop the best pyrotechnics. With our help, you can be in the best spots to take pictures like these. The 2018 edition of the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival will be held on 28th July. If you will be in Tokyo then, get in touch!

The exploding fireworks, with the ferris wheel in background, have been so well captured by Yayu that it is almost unthinkable that this image is, to use the common parlance, #nofilter. Yayu is one of our team of incredible photographers who lead Maction Planet Tokyo Photography Lessons and Tokyo Photo Tours. Recently she hosted a photo lesson while hiking Mount Takao with guests, and you can see what an impact she made on their photography skills in this blogpost.

Maction Planet runs Tokyo Music Tours, which we brand “Maction Planet Radio Tours”, introducing people to the varied and diverse range of music in The World’s Greatest Metropolis. Tokyo’s music scene can be difficult to crack for visitors, due to the language barrier and the sheer breadth and depth of the scene. Concerts, gigs, club nights across every conceivable genre, homegrown, traditional, modern and internationally-influenced… the variety is outstanding. In most cases there is no English-language information available for these amazing events, and that is where we can help. 

Like everything at Maction Planet, your Tokyo Music Tour can be fully-customised around the rest of your time touring The World’s Greatest Metropolis. Click here for one example – Cherry Blossom viewing followed by an amazing gig from Tokyo Discotheque Orchestra. 

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