A family of three from a Tokyo outer suburb laid out a tarpaulin near Sumida River today to reserve a position for next year’s Sumidagawa fireworks bonanza.

“I can’t believe we claimed a spot where we will see at least 60 per cent of the fireworks,” the father said.

The best positions are predicted to be snapped up quickly with only ten months remaining until the 39th Sumida River Fireworks Festival.

The fireworks “competition” is one of only hundreds to be held throughout greater Tokyo over the calendar year.

“It’s a once in a lifetime annual event, well worth thinking about nearly a year in advance,” the father said.

The family’s tarpaulin, however, has a medium-to-low chance of survival over a period of 10 months with earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons predicted all year round.