This video, which appears to depict a spectacular fireworks display in Japan with Mount Fuji in the background has been circulating via YouTube and social media since 2014.
Captions attached to some instances of the video suggest that the display shows why Japan’s fireworks are the best in the world.
Fireworks experts in Japan do indeed create fabulous fireworks displays.
However, this video is a digital simulation and does not depict real-life fireworks.
The video was created using a fireworks simulation software tool called FWsim. The software allows users to create their own fake fireworks “shows” complete with iconic background locations and synchronised audio.
Many commentators have pointed out that, if the display in the video was real, then there would likely be considerably more smoke in the air. Others have pointed out that, given the apparent distance of the fireworks from the camera, the sound of the explosions would not so closely synchronise with the light.
In fact, the Mt Fuji video simulation was uploaded to YouTube by a user called hiramu55bocaboca in November 2014. The user clearly identifies the video as a simulation and even includes the name “FWSim” in the video’s title. So, hiramu55bocaboca was not trying to fool users into believing that the display was real.
However, since it was first uploaded, the video has been published and shared by many other users. Some of these users may have themselves believed that the video was genuine. Others may have deliberately implied that the video was real as a means of gaining more views.
An example of a post with the video on Facebook.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!