[:en]On May 26 (Saturday), Future Hanabi (fireworks) Entertainment “STAR ISLAND 2018” was held at Odaiba Beach Park​.

This was the second time the event was held, following the previous year. The weather was great on the day of the event, and the event drew around 15,000 visitors, who were able to enjoy the one-night entertainment spectacle.


Future Hanabi Entertainment “STAR ISLAND” combines world-class fireworks, that are part of traditional Japanese culture, with cutting edge technology, such as 3D sound, show performances, and lighting. This firework entertainment show combines plenty of content into an innovative and evolutionary spectacle that is first of its kind in the world.


The writers of Inside Local Japan were also able to see the show, and enjoy the combination of fireworks and music. They also made an original movie, so please check it out.



The tickets were sold out before the event! The show has established itself as a new form of firework entertainment

This year, which is the second year the event was held, the tickets were sold out before the event.

The show has a new feel to it, drawing a line between existing firework displays. This year it had much higher expectations compared to last year, and because of that, there was a 250-meter line at the entrance on the day of the event, with everyone waiting to enter the world of STAR ISLAND as soon as the doors are opened.


As soon as you enter the venue you are surrounded by friendly atmosphere, as there are performers wearing gorgeous costumes and makeup at the entrance, who greet all the visitors. Many people stop to take pictures of their incredible performance, and interact with them.

There were male and female visitors of all ages, and even many families with children.

Even the specially set up kid’s area was bustling with activity from start to finish.


Besides that, many groups and couples also came to see the show, and there were even some visitors from abroad here and there. Everyone was enjoying the show their own way.


“STAR ISLAND” polishes your world view, as it takes you to a new place

The audience was surrounded by around 300 speakers playing 3D sound, that were set up around the venue. Lights were flickering in all directions, as an awe-inspiring performance began with performers holding torches entering the stage.

And then, as a large-flowered firework was fired into the night sky, remarkably loud cheering broke out.

A lot of performers made an appearance, like fire performers, air performers, and water performers, who appeared from the surface of the water.

In the final stage of the show, Swan Lake started playing, and ballet dancers entered the stage.


Many different genres of music, like pop, rock, and dance music, were blasting from the 3D speakers, and shaking up the minds and bodies of audience members. The sync between the fireworks and performances had been improved significantly from the previous year’s show.

Fireworks of various forms and colors flew into the sky with Odaiba’s swarm of buildings in the background, mesmerizing the audience.

The whole show felt unified even with all the dramatic unfolding, and it will surely act as a catalyst to evolve the traditional Japanese culture.


General Producer Mr. Kenji Kohashi’s thoughts

  1. What are your thoughts now that you have finished the second-ever STAR ISLAND?
  2. This time the pressure was much crazier. We wanted to make an even more amazing show, so for the past few months we were have been trying to come up with ways to make a better show than last year. We pondered and sometimes even quarreled with colleagues and team members, just for this moment.


Now, we are still in the phase where it does not feel like a huge success or like a big failure. This was only the second event, and we feel like there is much more that we can do.


  1. Are there any future prospects?
  2. Of course, we would like to hold a third show here at Odaiba.


Also, there are canvases, not only in Odaiba, but also in various other places in the world. I would like to dye those canvases, and connect with all the sceneries in the world.


We don’t want to stay in Japan, but take this new kind of culture to other countries in the world.


Music Director and 3D Sound Designer Mr. Katsuyuki Sato’s thoughts

  1. What are your thoughts now that you have finished the second-ever STAR ISLAND?
  2. We were able to experience what it is really like when you seriously try to spread information into the world.


  1. Are there any future prospects?
  2. I would like to prepare something for all those people who came here that will impress them again, and then share that experience with them here at STAR ISLAND.

General Manager Mr. Shigeyoshi Sakamoto’s (Avex Entertainment Co., Ltd.) thoughts

  1. What was the reaction like from the visitors?
  2. Everyone was smiling, and I really felt a happy aura coming from everyone.
  3. Are there any future prospects?

I want to create a STAR ISLAND tradition that will continue on, not just next year or the year after that, but even when I’m dead.


I would like everyone to expect that the show will keep on improving steadily year after year.


Various celebrities came to see “STAR ISLAND 2018”, as well.

The organizers probably received many smiles and joyful cheers from people who come to enjoy the show every year, as well as from those who saw the show for the first time.


We are looking forward to next year’s “STAR ISLAND”.


Future Hanabi Entertainment “STAR ISLAND 2018”


Date: May 26, 2018 (Saturday)

Venue: Tokyo Odaiba Star Island

General Producer: Kenji Kohashi


Firework Production: Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks Co., Ltd.

Supervised by: STAR ISLAND Execution Committee[:ja]5月26日(土)、お台場海浜公園にて未来型花火エンターテインメント「STAR ISLAND 2018」が開催されました。

未来型花火エンターテインメント「STAR ISLAND」は、日本が世界に誇る伝統的文化である花火を、最先端のテクノロジーである3Dサウンドをはじめ、ショーパフォーマンス、ライティングなど、様々なコンテンツを融合させ、革新的に進化させた世界初の花火エンターテインメントです。

Inside Local Japan編集部員も鑑賞し、花火と音楽の融合を楽しみ、オリジナルの動画を製作しましたのでご覧ください。




既存の花火大会とは一線を画す新感覚のエンターテインメントに昨年以上に大きな期待が集まるなか、当日はオープン前からエントランスに約250メートルの長蛇の列ができ、開場とともに多くの来場者がSTAR ISLANDの世界へ。


世界観はさらに洗練され、「STAR ISALND」は新たな領域に

音楽もポップやロック、ダンスミュージックなどあらゆるジャンルが3Dサウンドで観客たちの心と身体を揺さぶり、花火と演出のシンクロ度は 昨年から格段にパワーアップ。



Q. 2回目の開催を終えてみての感想は?
A. 今回の方がプレッシャーが凄かったです。より最高なものを求め、どのようにすれば昨年より良いものを創れるか、ここ数ヶ月、戦いながら、自問自答しながら、時に仲間、チームと言い合いになりながら、この一瞬のためにみんなでやってきました。
STAR ISLANDは、まだたった2歩目。人間の年齢で言ったら2歳になってないくらいで、やりたいことはまだまだ無限にあります。


Q. 今後の展望は?
A. もちろんこのお台場で3回目もやりたいと思います。



音楽監督・3Dサウンドデザイナー、Katsuyuki Sato氏の思い

Q. 2回目の開催を終えてみての感想は?

A. 日本から本気で世界に発信していくということは、こういうことなのだという実体験をすることができました。

Q. 今後の展望は?

A. こうやって来てもらえる人たちのために、また感動してもらえるような何かを準備できて、STAR ISLANDで一緒に共有できたらいいなと思います。



Q. お客様の反応を見ていかがでしたか?

A. すごい笑顔でハッピーなオーラ、そういったものをすごく感じました。

Q. 今後の展望は?

来年再来年と言わず、僕が死んでも継続するSTAR ISLANDを創出したい。



さまざまな著名人も観覧に訪れていた「STAR ISLAND 2018」。


来年の「STAR ISLAND」も楽しみですね。


未来型花火エンターテインメント「STAR ISLAND 2018





主宰:STAR ISLAND実行委員会[:]