/ Location: Kurume, Fukuoka
Feature: Festivals & Celebrations
Throngs of torch-wielding men and boys storm the main entrance to the temple. The master of ceremonies stand watch with other village elders making sure that an errant flame or drunken reveler doesn't burn down the temple. After the torch-bearers make a few passes through the temple grounds chanting and screaming, they will set fire to the giant bamboo torches and exorcise the evil spirits.