The history of Mikawa Hanabi

The fireworks of Japan date back to 500 years ago when the samurais were constantly at battle, and its tradition derived from guns and signal smoke. During such feudal times the region of Mikawa, located in Aichi Prefecture, was the only place permitted to produce explosives. This is where pyrotechnics, the so-called ‘gunpowder’ technology, originated and conglomerated over a 300 year old period, which eventually triggered the development of “Mikawa Hanabi” (Mikawa Fireworks). Mikawa Hanabi still proudly prospers as an important part of life for the local people, and this is where Kato, Fireworks. hails from.

Tracing back the roots

Kato Fireworks takes after the culture of the Mikawa samurai warriors who were skilled in the use of explosives and such weapons during the feudal times.

The pioneer of Kato Fireworks was Kohyou Kato who perfected the overall pyrotechnics on his own and adopted techniques from countless other styles as well. His style was established in 1887 as an independent style, known as the “Saimei-ryu.”

In 1953, Kato Fireworks Co., Ltd. was founded, playing an active role not only within Japan, where the highest standards are always required, but also in exporting fireworks overseas. Our history is all about producing fireworks that can reach, move and delight people’s hearts ever more, ever higher.

1854 First generation, Kohyou Kato is born in Mikawa. in Japan.
1887 Kohyou Kato establishes the style of “Saimei-ryu.
1926 Kohyou’s second son and second generation, Kihei Kato establishes Kato Fireworks Co., Ltd.
1953 Official establishment of Kato Fireworks Co., Ltd.
1960 Given the urbanization of nearby towns, a major relocation of factory facilities from Gamagori of Aichi Prefecture,located in central Japan, to Kota-cho of Nukata county in the same prefecture (Aichi) took place.
1966 Third generation, Hiroyuki Kato assumes the position of company president.
1960’s to 1970’s A considerable amount of Mikawa Hanabi products exported to parts of Europe and the United States.
1996 Fourth generation, Toshihiro Kato, assumes the position of company president.
1997 Electronic Firing System implemented.
2012 Expansion and renovation of the Kota Factory.

Launches achieved overseas

We have won numerous awards in contests throughout Japan, while achieving success through displays around parts of Europe and Asia as well, which have brought us the high reputation we are proud of today.

  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1986
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 1994
  • 1994
    Melbourne, Australia
  • 1997
    Paris, France
    Opening Project,
    “Japan Year in France”