Have I learned how to build a great senko hanabi? What are they? Why are they the best firework ever? Let’s find out! These breath-taking sparklers are rarely seen outside of Japan. The last twelve months have proven to be some of the most fruitful in my 18 years of exploration. Thank you for sharing your time with me as I share this passion with you.

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WARNING! All chemical experimentation involves some risk and fireworks carry a serious risk of injury or death and should only be done under the supervision of a trained expert. Be smart.

Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:58 What is Senko Hanabi
2:13 How I Got Here
5:39 The Ingredients
9:29 Building the Senko
12:28 The Chemical Reactions
13:27 The Four Stages
14:37 Thank You

LINKS:
NightHawkinLight has several excellent videos on senko hanabi:
His original efforts: https://youtu.be/9tl8DAwJ7S0
His apprenticeship with Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks Company: https://youtu.be/yvoUYEu3o-c
His further exploration of sparking: https://youtu.be/WmjsL0BJILA

Here is a link to the Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks Company. This is an amazing company. Ryota and his wife are mindful stewards of this ancient art in the modern world. https://tsutsuitokimasa.jp/item

Here is a link to the outstanding Japanese documentary about Tsutsui Tokimasa Fireworks Company. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/3019088/

SOURCES:
“The Senko Hanabi Sparkler: The World of Glitter in a Drop of Fire, Part I & Part II’ Frederick Van Der Sypt, M.D. July & October/November 2013, Pyrotechnics Guild International, Bulletin No 185 & 186

‘Fragile Coloration Mechanism of Traditional Japanese Sparkler, Senko-Hanabi’, Chihiro Inoue, Taiki Watanabe and Yuzo Inokuchi. Department of Aeronautics, Kyushu University Fukuoka, Japan. 17th International Symposium on Fireworks, May 6-10, 2019

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