New beginning at Ariake

Winter

The New Year Firefighter Ceremony—officially called dezome-shiki (出初式)—is a display of acrobatics and other skills organized by the Tokyo Fire Department. Its history dates back to the early years of the Edo period when the city was a veritable tinderbox—tightly packed wooden housing often with only narrow alleyways over which fires could jump with a little help from the wind. This is also a tribute to Hiroshige himself, descending from a fire fighters family.

Notes

The Tokyo International Fire and Safety Exhibition is Japan’s largest firefighting and disaster prevention exhibition. In addition to sharing information on disaster risk based on lessons learned from past disasters and improving disaster-preparedness awareness and the ability to act among citizens of Tokyo, it aims to encourage strengthened cooperation among citizens, corporations, and the government, as well as promoting related technologies and industries.