Representative Director and Chairman
Toshikatsu Ogatsu, President of Marutamaya Co., Ltd. (Tokyo)
In 1990, Ogatsu revolutionized the industry by introducing computer-controlled fireworks and by developing Hanabi Fantasia®, which is fireworks set to music. He has the world’s largest computer infrastructure dedicated to fireworks, and has been involved in directing and producing fireworks events across Japan and across the globe—most notably the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival, the Setagaya-Tamagawa Fireworks Festival as well as the grand finale at the Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival. His role as the leading producer in the fireworks industry has earned Ogatsu high acclaim at numerous international fireworks events and made him the subject of a special episode of the TBS documentary program Yume no Tobira Plus.
Keiji Hosoya, President of Hosoya Enterprises Co., Ltd. and Director of the Japan Fireworks Artists Association (Tokyo)
Hosoya has not only put up fireworks overseas and at festivals all over Japan, including the Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival and the Sumida River Fireworks Festival—he has also produced special effects for movies, television, and the stage, served as a technical advisor for overseas production plants, and more. He took first prize in the All-Japan New Firework Contest at the 109th Nagano Ebisuko Fireworks Festival, and also took first prize at the 89th Omagari National Fireworks Competition in the daytime fireworks category.
Akio Aoki, President of Beniya Aoki Fireworks Co., Ltd. and Chairman of the Japan Fireworks Artists Association (Nagano)
Aoki is the third-generation head of Beniya Aoki Fireworks, and the industry’s leading expert. He is a common fixture at the top of winners’ lists at fireworks contests across Japan, and was even awarded the illustrious Prime Minister’s Prize at the national competitions in both in Omagari and Tsuchiura. He is involved in many fireworks events in his native Nagano, including the Suwa Lake Fireworks Festival. He also serves as chairman of the Japan Fireworks Artists Association, one of the country’s most esteemed fireworks organizations.
Motohiro Ogatsu, President of Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks Co., Ltd. and Director of the Japan Pyrotechnics Association (Tokyo)
Ogatsu is the fourth-generation head of Marutamaya Ogatsu Fireworks, a company that boasts more than 150 years of history. He has been involved in numerous fireworks festivals both in Japan and abroad, most notably the Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo. He won at the 28th Macao International Fireworks Display Contest in 2016 and at the 5th World Fireworks Championship in Italy in 2001. Ogatsu was also former chairman of the Japan Pyrotechnics Association, an organization that is dedicated to ensuring safety throughout the fireworks industry.
Yoichi Nomura, President of Nomura Hanabi Kogyo Co., Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the Japan Fireworks Artists Association (Ibaraki)
Nomura is the fourth-generation head of Nomura Hanabi Kogyo. In 2006, he became the first in the world to successfully create a five-ringed firework with five concentric circles. He has won at various fireworks contests , most notably the Omagari National Fireworks Competition and the Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition. He has sixteen Prime Minister’s Prizes to his name. His spectacular works have been featured in the NHK documentary series Professional: Shigoto no Ryugi as well as many other programs and TV commercials. In 2013, he was awarded the title of Contemporary Master Craftsman by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and earned the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor the following year.
Tadao Kanno, President of Kanno Fireworks Co., Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the Japan Fireworks Artists Association (Fukushima)
Kanno has been involved in the Fukushima Fireworks Festival as well as numerous other fireworks events in his native prefecture. He has launched numerous displays and shaku-tama fireworks at contests across Japan, making him one of the country’s most influential pyrotechnic experts. He has also led numerous launches overseas, his technical accomplishments making him an authority in the Japan fireworks industry—already renowned across the globe.
Tadanobu Komatsu, President of Komatsu Fireworks, Co., Ltd. (Akita)
Komatsu is the fifth-generation head of Komatsu Fireworks. He is a lead developer in the fireworks industry, primarily in the Tohoku area, and also takes charge of displays and launches for fireworks festivals events, and competitions nationwide. Komatsu is a renowned pyrotechnician in the Tohoku area, playing a key role in the Omagari National Fireworks Competition. He was awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize at the 87th Omagari National Fireworks Competition in 2013.
Japan Fireworks Artists Association (27 members nationwide)
A collection of Japan’s most renowned pyrotechnic artists came together to establish the Japan Fireworks Artists Association, led by the legendary Gisaku Aoki. Aoki was the most advanced pyrotechnician of his day, having successfully created a eight-ringed firework in the fall of 1959. Aoki’s aim was to get fireworks, one of Japan’s traditional cultural assets, officially recognized as an art form.
List of Japan Fireworks Artists Association members
|Masamitsu Tamura, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo
Mitsuo Koshi, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo
Mitsuru Arai, Professor at the University of Tokyo Environmental Science Center
|Advisor||Yoshinari Yajima, President of the Taiju Group (Taiju Soken)
Ippei Uno, General Producer of the first four Tokyo Bay Grand Fireworks Festival events
|Auditor||Takashi Kurosaki, Attorney at Frontier Law Offices
Tetsuo Usui, Representative CPA and certified tax accountant at Usui Certified Public Accountants
Susumu Nakagawa, Managing Director at Hosoya Enterprises Co., Ltd.
|Sei Iwano, Marketing Director at Marutamaya Co., Ltd.|