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Team Japan Wins 2017 Honda Celebration Of Light

Celebration of Light

Photo: Rory Coomey Photography

Team Japan, represented by Akariya Fireworks, has won the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light. The decision was announced Tuesday morning by organizers.

The world’s longest running offshore fireworks competition came to a spectacular close on Saturday evening. Likewise, over 1 million people came out over the three nights.

Team Japan, which performed on opening night, faced off against Royal Pyrotechnie, representing Canada, and Jubilee Fireworks, representing the United Kingdom.

Judges felt that Japan’s technical precision, coupled with their impactful soundtrack, combined for a spectacular show.

Celebration of Light
Photo: Rory Coomey Photography

Paul Tilbury and Heather Owen, Co-Chairs of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society added:

“Congratulations to Team Japan on an incredible winning performance at the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light. We want to thank all of the partners, sponsors, staff, volunteers and members of the public who continue to come together to make the festival a fun, safe, family-friendly event. We look forward to dazzling everyone with yet another phenomenal Honda Celebration of Light next summer”.

2017 Honda Celebration of Light

2017 saw the first ever Canadian song contest for the Honda Celebration of Light.

This was in honour of our nation’s 150th birthday. Each team incorporated one iconic Canadian song, as voted by the fans, in their musical repertoire.

Moreover, 2017 marked the 27th consecutive year of the event. It contributes in excess of $40 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year.

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