The Asakawa Fireworks display is a memorial ceremony for the deceased that takes place during Obon on August 16 every year. It has its roots in the Edo period, and is said to be the oldest fireworks festival in Fukushima Prefecture. The tradition is carried on by the Asakawa Ryomachi Youth Organization to this day. Two of the biggest draws of the festival are the Daikarakuri (giant puppet) and Jiraika (land mine) displays, which can be seen nowhere else. The Jiraika fire serves as the dramatic climax to the fireworks display. Its stunning explosions are set off on the surface of Shiroyama, a hill overlooking the town.