Festivals & Events
Dezome-shiki is an annual event that sees firemen performing acrobatic tricks at hair-raising heights to warn the public about fire safety. With historic roots, this January festival draws crowds by drawing from the past.
Dezome-shiki is held at Tokyo Big Sight, which can be accessed by Ariake Station on the Yurikamome and Rinkaisen Lines.
This annual event is organized by the Tokyo Fire Department and draws huge crowds every year. The New Year's parade sees firemen performing acrobatic tricks at the top of tall poles and ladders.
There have been several catastrophic fires in Tokyo in years gone by, so Dezome-shiki is held to raise awareness about fire safety and pray that no major fires occur in the year ahead.
In 1657, the Great Fire of Meireki tore through the capital city of Edo (now Tokyo) destroying around 70 percent of it. Around 100,000 people perished in the fire which lasted three days. After this fire, the Jobekeshi fire brigade was formed to protect sites such as the Edo Castle, setting up full-time fire brigades across the city.
In the beginning, climbing played a huge role in fire fighting. Firefighters were nimble scaffolding workers who, when a fire broke out, would quickly tear down the surrounding houses to prevent the fire from spreading. At the Dezome-shiki festival, the performers demonstrate this when they scale the poles.
As well as seeing the performance, revelers can see over 100 fire engines and helicopters and browse stalls selling snacks and drinks.