Photo/IllutrationAn artist’s rendition of the 2018 Kyoto "artistic fireworks" event (Provided by the executive committee)

KYOTO--There won't be any betting at the Kyoto Racecourse on May 30, but a pyrotechnics show should make everyone a winner with about 13,000 fireworks lighting up the night sky.

The Kyoto Geijutsu Hanabi (Kyoto artistic fireworks) 2018 will be the first large-scale fireworks event in 13 years in the ancient capital, according to city officials.

About 30 “shakudama” big shells, which expand to a diameter of about 300 meters when they explode, and other fireworks will be launched nonstop for about an hour in synch with music.

“We want to make it a feature of Kyoto,” said Susumu Yoshida, 69, former president of FM-Kyoto Inc. and chief of the organizing committee.

Gunsmith of Kunitomo Co. in Kyoto’s Shimogyo Ward, which handles fireworks shows, and about 10 companies from across the country will provide their expertise.

A Tokyo-based planning company, which held “artistic fireworks” events in Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka and elsewhere over the past several years, proposed the show, the first to be held in the Kansai region.

It will be hosted by the committee comprising the city government, the Kyoto City Tourism Association and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The organizers proposed the project to the racecourse operator because the horse racetrack in Fushimi Ward is easily accessible from Osaka and can hold a large number of spectators.

After several years of discussions over profitability and safety, the relevant parties agreed to host the event.

All 7,000 seats in the bleacher section on the second floor of the racecourse, which cost 7,560 yen ($69) each, are reserved.

Admission to an area in front of the racetrack on ground level is 3,780 yen for junior high school students or older and 540 yen for elementary school students.

In the event of bad weather, the show will be postponed to the next day.

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