The annual New Year’s Fire Review, called dezomeshiki, took place at Tokyo Big Sight on Thursday, 6 January from 9:30am until 2pm.
This elaborate event is a spectacular demonstration of fire and disaster prevention performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Fire Department. It features firefighting drills, rescue, first aid, a parade of firefighting equipment and other various performances.
Some of the firefighting techniques date back to the Edo era (1603–1867). Men dressed as Edo-era firefighters performed acrobatic stunts on top of bamboo ladders.
In all, about 2,700 professional firefighters and members of community-based fire companies in Tokyo and more than 130 fire vehicles, helicopters and ships were mobilized for the event.
Due to anti-coronavirus measures, a limited number of seats for the public were chosen by lottery from online applications in November. The event was also livestreamed on YouTube.
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