Tsutsui Tokimasa | Sparkler from Kanto Naga-te Peony
This colorful Naga-te Peony senko-hanabi (literally incense firework) is wrapped in Washi (Japanese paper).
The Naga-te Peony is a nostalgic sparkler among people in the Kanto area (Eastern area of Japan), where rice production was poor, but Japanese paper manufacturing flourished. Therefore, as a substitute for straws, the gunpowder was wrapped in Washi. Due to the popularity in the Kanto region, these sparklers became the standard all around Japan.The Naga-te Peony senko-hanabi burns in different stages. When lit, a jiggling small red ball moves its way along the line until it slowly starts to pitter-patter. Right after, the delicate firework blossoms into a flower of sparks and slowly fades out.