The Sumida River fireworks festival, Tokyo’s largest annual summer fireworks event, will be held on Aug 27—a month later than usual due to expected power shortages, Sumida Ward officials said Wednesday.
Organizers of the event have been debating whether to hold the event or not this year, due to power cuts and because there is still a mood to cancel big events out of consideration for the victims of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that took place on March 11 in the Tohoku area, ward officials said.
However, it was decided to hold the Sumida event in August in order to avoid the electricity consumption peak in July, ward officials said in a statement.
The annual Tokyo Bay fireworks festival, which had been scheduled for Aug 13, has already been canceled this year.
Compiled from news reports