Dezomeshiki Festival: Firemen’s Parade
Firemen are every nation’s heroes. They’re selfless, brave, and extraordinary beings fighting fire after fire with little to no rest. This is exactly the reason why Japan has dedicated a whole day to celebrate their firemen’s bravery through the Dezoheshimiki (New Year’s Parade of Firemen) Festival. It’s an annual customary event held in Tokyo attended by over 1,000 members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department on January 6, 2017.
In ancient Japan, fires were a massive issue causing thousands of deaths and damaged structures.
During the Edo Period, Japanese firefighters developed a unique firefighting prevention technique called Kaga Tobi. They destroy adjoining houses by means of using a ladder that can reach epic heights.
What to Expect
Today, the technique is performed during the Dezoheshimiki Festival for entertainment. It’s accompanied by traditional background music to up the enjoyment factor.
Aside from the death-defying stunts and fun water displays, over 100 helicopters, land and water vehicles join the celebration along with firetrucks bearing high-tech fire equipment.
Just to be clear, the stunts aren’t performed by real firemen but performers dressed as firemen. The stunts are done to pay homage to the traditional and modern firemen who have become part of Japan’s National Fire Department.
Fire drills and rescue demos are also part of the event where firemen skills are displayed out in the open, both to entertain and to inform.
The event is held in Tokyo Big Sight, one of the most accessible locations in Tokyo.
It’s only an hour from Narita International Airport and less than 30 minuts from the Haneda Airport, popularly known as Tokyo International Airport. You can ride the bus from these airports directly dropping you off your preferred hotel near the venue.
If you’re making your way to Tokyo Big Sight other than the airport, you can reach the venue through the following routes:
- Get on the Yurikamome Line at Shimbashi or Shiodome then get off at Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon Station of Yurikamome Line. Walking to the venue only takes 3 minutes from there.
- Take the Rinkai Line train through Shimkiba or Osaki Station and get off at Kokusai-Tenjijo Station. Once you do, you’ll have to make your way to Tokyo Big Sight by foot, which takes around 7 minutes.
Tokyo Big Sight
3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan
January 6, 2018
Hours & Fees
All Day | Free