Fireworks in autumn.

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Nov 7, 2010 05:43
Today is the Guy Fawkes Night (or bonfire night) in Oxford. Although it is officially the fifth of November, the event is set to Saturday night this year. I can see many fireworks from my window now.

Last year my wife and I went to the bonfire held at the South Park. Although it was a chilling night, the large park was full of crowds. In front of them was a big wooden monster, probably representing Guy Fawkes himself. We waited for a long time in the dark to see the monster burning vigorously.

Guy Fawkes tried to blast the Parliament in order to kill King James I of England and VI of Scotland, but failed and arrested on the fifth of November in 1605. The failed assassination attempt is now called as the gunpowder plot. For some reason, the British have been celebrating this day with bonfire and fireworks for more than 400 years. I'm not even sure that the British are either in favour of or against Guy Fawkes himself and his plot. In my opinion, most of them may be taking advantage of his failed attempt to enjoy fireworks with a good reason.

For me as a Japanese, fireworks on a cold autumn night are very unusual and even surreal experience, since fireworks are icons of the hottest summer season in Japan, reminding me the humid and hot air, girls wearing yukata (by the way, girls with yukata look 30% more attractive and prettier then usual), kakigori (crushed ice with fruit-flavoured syrup), and so on. When a British "guy" visits Japan and sees fireworks festivals in summer, what sort of emotions would he register? I am curious.